Bristol Temple Meads station to close for 5 days over Easter

Bristol Temple Meads station to close for 5 days over Easter

Bristol Temple Meads will close for five days over the Easter weekend, with passengers being unable to catch or get off trains from Good Friday until the following Tuesday as engineering works take place.

The majority of trains will stop at either Bath Spa, Bristol Parkway or Weston-super-Mare and passengers will have use replacement buses to get to Bristol Temple Meads or other stations to continue their journeys.

Only long-distance services between London Paddington and South Wales will run as normal.

Network Rail engineers will be working on the lines around Temple Meads during the closure to carry out £130million signalling improvements.

Network Rail has thanked passengers for their patience.

“The huge effort throughout December and January means we are now in a position to deliver Network Rail’s biggest-ever signalling upgrade this Easter as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan,” Network Rail spokesman Tony Lamb said.

“Once complete, along with Filton Four Tracking, rail journeys in Bristol will be transformed with more seats and quicker journeys on more frequent services.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped us get to this stage and also passengers who have remained patient with us throughout the upgrade.”

Christina Biggs, from Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways, a local rail user group, says the works are entirely necessary: “They will get far more work done in these four days. There will be buses laid on, and please be patient.

“It will be worth it. We won’t see so many signalling failures in the future”.

It is hoped the upgrades will be completed by January 2019 in time for a new timetable to be introduced.

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