Bristol East Junction

Work to replace Bristol railway junction is almost complete

Work to replace a key junction near Bristol Temple Meads is edging closer towards completion.

The lines which serve Bristol Temple Meads from both Bristol Parkway and Bath Spa will benefit from some new upgrades and work is set to be finished by Saturday 4 September.

New railway tracks and signalling is being provided by the Bristol Rail Regeneration programme, transforming the railway which serves the Bristol area.  

The new railway will mean more train services moving more people, whilst reducing delays and increasing reliability, consequently resulting in more comfortable journeys for passengers.

Network Rail

Together with plans for new stations through the MetroWest initiative backed by the West of England Combined Authority, the trains will also provide thousands of additional seats.

GWR Regional Development Manager, Matt Barnes, explained “this work will in time help us to deliver 4,000 more train seats a day into the city, on more services through Bristol and help to reduce the conflict between long-distance and local stopping services, helping to maintain the reliability of our trains.”

Bristol Temple Meads is central to future regeneration schemes for the city and the wider region, and the works will pave the way for Bristol to become a world-class transport hub.

Network Rail

Jonathan Davies, Network Rail Project Director, said “we would like to thank in advance our passengers and local residents for their patience while we undertake this important, transformative work at Bristol East junction.”

He added, “we are working closely with the train operating companies to ensure disruption is minimised as much as possible and we encourage passengers to plan ahead and check before they travel, particularly during this period.” 

Final testing will take place for the new junction on the weekend of 25/26 September.

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