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New trains to run non-stop between Bristol Parkway and Paddington

Posted on Friday 6th December 2019 at 7:07 pm by SH (Editor)

A GWR branded Hitachi IEP train pictured at Bristol Parkway in July 2016.

Additional train services will help reduce the fastest journey times between Bristol Parkway and London Paddington to just 68 minutes when GWR introduces its first wholesale timetable change since the 1970s from Sunday 15th December.

GWR’s Intercity Express Trains (IETs) will take advantage of infrastructure improvements to run to a fully electric timetable between Bristol and London for the first time.

Two additional ‘super-fast’ services in the morning and evening peaks will operate from South Wales to Bristol Parkway and then direct (non-stop) into London Paddington, giving three trains an hour on the route at these peak times. Consequently, customers will need to be aware that, unlike at present, not all London-bound services will call at Swindon and Reading.

GWR says it plans to extend these extra peak time trains to operate throughout the day from May 2020.

The fastest journey times between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington will similarly be cut to 1 hour 19 minutes, 17 minutes faster than is possible today.

One downside is that there will be fewer off-peak trains between Bristol Parkway and Filton Abbey Wood once the new timetable comes into operation.

Regular users of all GWR’s train services are being advised to check their new journey times ahead of the timetable change as around three-quarters of journey times will be different from how they are today.

Improvements carried out at Bristol Parkway Station in support of the introduction of the new trains and timetable have included the opening of a new (fourth) platform and extending the length of the three existing platforms.

West of England mayor Tim Bowles said:

“This is great news for the West of England and will help people switch from cars to public transport, reducing congestion and improving the air we breathe. The new timetable will support the new rail services we have planned across the region through MetroWest and it’s great to see even more investment in both track and train.”

More information: Timetable changes 2019 (GWR)

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 29). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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New platform officially opened at Bristol Parkway

Posted on Sunday 13th May 2018 at 10:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of transport secretary Chris Grayling unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening of the new platform.

Secretary of state for transport Chris Grayling was in Stoke Gifford on 13th April to officially open a new (fourth) platform at Bristol Parkway station.

The installation of the new platform is part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan in the west of England, representing a multi-million pound investment and including its biggest ever signalling upgrade which took place earlier this month in the Bristol area. The brand new platform 1 will allow for an increase in capacity on the network, enabling new services to be introduced and reducing delays.

Bristol Parkway is an important station in the west, servicing passengers from Wales and south west England as well as Birmingham, the Midlands and beyond. Train operating companies GWR and CrossCountry will benefit from the increased capacity on the network, and improvements to the track layout will be advantageous for freight companies such as Freightliner.

Unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening, transport secretary Chris Grayling said:

“We are investing in the biggest modernisation of the railways since the Victorian era, delivering better, more frequent and faster journeys for passengers.”

“This vital upgrade at Bristol Parkway is a fantastic example of how we are enhancing rail travel up and down the country, benefiting millions of passengers. These improvements will boost reliability, increase the number of trains serving Bristol and along the route, and also allow new intercity trains to stop at the station too.”

More: GWR will be releasing a new timetable in early 2019 »

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Rail passengers reminded of tunnel closure

Posted on Sunday 11th September 2016 at 8:41 pm by SH (Editor)

Severn Tunnel electrification drilling work.

Severn Tunnel closed for SIX weeks from Monday (12th September). Services to/from Bristol Parkway affected

Rail passengers are being reminded to plan their journeys before travelling, ahead of a six-week closure of the Severn Tunnel to prepare the Great Western Main Line for a brand new fleet of electric trains.

On 12th September the 130 year-old tunnel will close to trains for six weeks as Network Rail’s ‘orange army’ works day and night to install over eight miles of electrical equipment which will power a new fleet of electric trains in the future – delivering more seats, more frequent services, and faster and greener journeys.

From Monday 12th September to Friday 21st October, Great Western Railway high-speed train services will be diverted between Swindon and Newport, increasing journey times by around 30 minutes. These services will not call at Bristol Parkway.

One service an hour will operate between London Paddington and Bristol Parkway.

Replacement buses will run between Severn Tunnel Junction and Bristol Parkway, and between Bristol Parkway and Newport. Journeys involving replacement buses will take approximately 45 minutes longer than normal.

Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour and Taunton services will start and end at Bristol Parkway.

There will be further service alterations at weekends.

More: Patchway railway tunnels also closed over same period »

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