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« Reply #705 on: April 28, 2021, 10:23:04 am »

It feels really strange around Platform 3 at Temple Meads, the station normally has this wide open feel about it, but I felt more like being back at New Street being enclosed so much
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« Reply #706 on: April 28, 2021, 01:35:24 pm »

It feels really strange around Platform 3 at Temple Meads, the station normally has this wide open feel about it, but I felt more like being back at New Street being enclosed so much


I shall find out myself in about 20 minutes when the XC (Cross Country Trains (franchise)) service I'm currently on arrives there.  I've probably got a bit of a wait for the Beach Line to Redland.
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« Reply #707 on: May 02, 2021, 01:00:32 pm »

Taken a few days ago while changing to the Beach Line.
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« Reply #708 on: May 02, 2021, 01:02:22 pm »

And another unfamiliar view of platform 5 at Temple Meads.

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« Reply #709 on: May 03, 2021, 08:52:16 am »

Taken a few days ago while changing to the Beach Line.

That Over-Head Line Equipment (OHLE) will need tidying up. Smiley

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« Reply #710 on: May 04, 2021, 12:02:07 pm »

GWR (Great Western Railway) have put out a press release this morning:

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Timetable changes expected in Bristol area this Summer as major railway upgrade gets underway

Bristol Temple Meads is being transformed and the railway serving the area upgraded – paving the way for more train services to move more people, more reliably.

The work is part of the Bristol Rail Regeneration programme that will see improvements to the iconic Bristol Temple Meads station over the next three years, supporting the city’s Temple Quarter development.

This programme will also deliver new railway tracks and signalling in and around Bristol that, once complete, will increase capacity in the area allowing more trains to run on the network.

These services will provide over 4,000 additional seats on trains every day in the area plus plans for new stations through the MetroWest initiative backed by the West of England Combined Authority.

Chief Executive of the West of England Combined Authority, Dr Patricia Greer, said:

“We have plans in place to transform travel by rail over the next 10 years, providing people with new rail routes, step-free access at stations and more frequent ‘turn up and go’ services. We have a long-term regional rail plan agreed for the West of England. We are leading on the work, in partnership with Network Rail and local councils.”

Wherever possible rail improvements will be completed overnight or at weekends to minimise impact on customers. However, this summer Network Rail is replacing a major junction near Bristol Temple Meads to improve the track layout which will require a solid block of 24/7 working. This will mean changes to some train services but will make for better journeys for passengers in the future.

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.

“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.”

GWR Regional Development Manager Matt Barnes said:

“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.

“We will continue to operate trains through Bristol during the period, but there will be some alterations to timetables and journey frequency, so please do check what is best for you if you’re travelling during the period.”

Trains between London Paddington and South Wales or to the North via Bristol Parkway, or to the South West via Taunton will continue to operate throughout this period.

There will also be no impact on long-distance train services to/from Bristol Temple Meads for the first four weeks, but some local stopping services will be different.

Saturday 10 July to Friday 13 August

No direct trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Cardiff Central or Gloucester – these trains will stop at Bristol Parkway instead
Severn Beach trains will run from Lawrence Hill (except Sundays) – alternative road transport will run to/from Bristol Temple Meads
Saturday 7 August and Monday 9 to Friday 13 August

No trains can run between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa – alternative road transport will be provided instead, adding around 30 minutes to journeys
CrossCountry trains won’t stop at Bristol Temple Meads
Sunday 8 August

No trains can stop at Bristol Temple Meads – alternative road transport will run to/from Bristol Parkway, Bath Spa, Taunton, Weston-super-Mare or Severn Beach
Saturday 14 to Monday 30 August

No trains can run between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa – alternative road transport will be provided instead, adding around 30 minutes to journeys
Tuesday 31 August to Friday 3 September

No trains can stop at Bristol Temple Meads – alternative road transport will run to/from Bristol Parkway, Bath Spa, Taunton, Bedminster or Lawrence Hill
Train companies are working with Network Rail to finalise the timetables for this summer, and we expect to be able to provide more detail about those changes soon.

As an alternative, Great Western Railway will aim to have ticket acceptance on First West of England buses in the Bristol area on any reasonable route for the duration of this period.

For more information visit GWR.com/Bristol.

You can also find out more about the Bristol Rail Regeneration programme at Networkrail.co.uk/BristolRailRegen.

Notes to editors

Great Western Railway (GWR) provides high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services. We help over 100 million passengers reach their destinations every year - across South Wales, the West Country, the Cotswolds, and large parts of Southern England.

We’re currently seeing the biggest investment in the network since Brunel so we can offer more trains, more seats, and shorter, more frequent journeys and continue the network’s heritage of helping connect more businesses to new and prosperous markets. Through a series of initiatives we aim to be a good neighbour to the communities we serve and are committed to making a positive social impact in those regions. Learn how we're Building a Greater West at GWR.com. GWR is a FirstGroup company.

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The image illustrates the size of the new signal gantry compared to the old one.
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« Reply #711 on: May 09, 2021, 02:29:00 pm »

We are meeting a friend in Bristol in August, during the disruption at Temple Meads Station.  She will be travelling from London Paddington on Monday 16 August, and reservations are already open for week commencing 2 August.  I think, in order to get a cheap, advanced purchase ticket, that she will have to book early and assume that her journey will be OK.  Do you think it best to book a direct train, which means that the journey from Bath Spa to Bristol Temple Meads will be by replacement bus?  On the way back, on Thursday 19th, should she aim for the same direct journey?  I wasn't sure if the disruption between Bristol and Bath would have a knock-on effect at Bristol Parkway (delayed train up, missed connection etc) and if it would just cause complications to go via BPW» (Bristol Parkway - next trains).








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« Reply #712 on: May 09, 2021, 04:05:33 pm »

There will be some direct trains from Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads that run via Bristol Parkway avoiding the need to change onto a bus.
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« Reply #713 on: May 09, 2021, 09:02:14 pm »

Thanks, Bob.  I suppose it's a toss up between booking early to get a cheap fare and waiting for the amended timetable, with details of direct trains going via Bristol Parkway, to be published.
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« Reply #714 on: June 27, 2021, 03:47:40 pm »

Work has started to prepare for the extension to the subway for the new eastern entrance.

On the left of this image, plant can be seen on an embankment which has been made on the University of Bristol site. A section of the perimeter wall of Bristol Temple Meads has been removed, and a white barrier has been put up along with a scaffolding fence to protect the site.

On Platform 15, a section of the canopy roof has been removed (immediately behind the '15' sign). A short section of canopy is to be removed here because new foundations will be required; this will be reinstated when the work is complete. Just to the right of the '15' sign, the paint has been stripped from one of the support columns. Does anyone have any idea why? Maybe it's to check the condition of the columns?



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« Reply #715 on: June 28, 2021, 02:05:37 pm »

Just to the right of the '15' sign, the paint has been stripped from one of the support columns. Does anyone have any idea why? Maybe it's to check the condition of the columns?

All of the pillars (along with the rest of the canopy metalwork) are in the process of being stripped back and repainted.
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« Reply #716 on: July 24, 2021, 07:37:43 pm »

Plenty going on at Temple Meads this weekend! Photos courtesy of FoSBR» (Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways - site)'s Facebook page:


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« Reply #717 on: July 24, 2021, 09:44:12 pm »

Looking at that photo, the question just popped into my head: what do they call the Orange Army in Ireland?  Shocked
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« Reply #718 on: July 24, 2021, 09:45:16 pm »

Nice photos, especially the top one.  It looks like the new tracks have been slewed a little to make room for the proposed extension to platform 1 to accommodate longer trains.
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« Reply #719 on: July 25, 2021, 04:24:48 pm »

I'm not aware of any immediate plans to lengthen Platform 1. What have you heard?

Once the signal box has gone, it will be possible to extend it in the other direction, i.e. towards Temple Gate. As it stands, it's just shy of 100m long, which will take a 4-car set. However it is on this side of the station that the extra track is being added, so maybe what you are seeing is just down to realignment to accommodate the new track?
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