Bristol Parkway to close again for final stages of electrification work

September 12 2018

Travel plans are set to disrupted once again as Bristol Parkway closes between 15 September and 6 October, and again on the weekend of 13-14 October for more electrification work, including work around Winterbourne.

The upgrade includes the installation of the overhead line equipment (OLE) used to hold the wires for electrification, with masts and wires being erected over the three weeks from Winterbourne viaduct, through Bristol Parkway station, up to Little Stoke, and then along the Filton East Curve.

Network Rail will also be testing the overhead line equipment already installed between Royal Wootton Bassett and Winterbourne viaduct.  

Trains will be running using diversionary routes. Rail replacement bus and coach services will be in place for some journeys.

The three week closure follows similar upgrade work last year, which included building a fourth platform at Bristol Parkway, extending the existing three platforms, and upgrading the track layout in the Parkway area to improve reliability and increase capacity.  

Network Rail’s major programmes director David Buisson said “The upgrade in the Bristol Parkway area is vital as we continue to deliver electrification and a more reliable railway for our passengers."

"I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to the residents living near the railway and to our passengers for their patience and understanding during this period when we have undertaken modernisation work which forms part of our Railway Upgrade Plan – it is truly appreciated”.

Passengers are advised to check before travelling during the upgrade work by visiting the National Rail Enquiries website, or by checking with the train operator directly.