As Bristol Parkway station shuts for a fortnight, passengers have been warned to expect major disruption with some journeys taking an hour longer than usual due to diversions.
The closure means:
- There will be an hourly service between Bristol Temple Meads, Cheltenham and Birmingham New Street.
- Services between Parkway and Swindon will be halted for around a month
- Services between Cardiff, Swansea and London Paddington will be affected
- Replacement busses will run between Bristol Parkway and Patchway
- Local services between Yate and Filton Abbey Wood will also be affected
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Lines around Yate have been reopened following a fatality on the line between Gloucester and Parkway.
Lines were closed at around 8:10 this morning after a person was hit by a train.
A person has been hit by a train between Gloucester and Bristol Parkway.
There is disruption to the cross country train between Bristol Parkway and Gloucester. All lines in the area are currently blocked. Services may be cancelled or delayed until around 09:45.
Bristol Parkway Station now has 700 more parking spaces.
The Transport Minister Baroness Kramer officially opened the new car park this morning. It cost £13 million to build.
First Great Western expects Bristol Parkway to become much busier once the Great Western mainline is electrified.
Baroness Kramer says the investment will pay off in the future.
The Transport Minister Baroness Kramer will officially open a new car park at Bristol Parkway Station later.
The £13m project is one of the biggest of its kind and should ease parking problems for the travel link. More than 700 extra spaces will be made available.
TRAINS: There's disruption to the trains between Cardiff Central and Bristol Parkway due to a trespass incident. First Great Western say all lines are closed whilst the incident is investigated.
There are delays of up to 40 minutes on CrossCountry services between Birmingham New Street and Bath Spa and First Great Western Services between Cheltenham and Bath Spa.
It's all due to a signalling problem at Bristol Parkway. Disruption is expected to last until around 9am.
Work to build a new 13 million pound car park at Bristol Parkway will begin this week. It will create over 7 hundred new spaces at the railway station.
Passenger numbers are expected to rise over the coming years with plans to electrify the main rail line between London and the West. Parking will be reduced during the works, but drivers can use alternative spaces at Parkway North.
There are delays on the line from Bristol Parkway and Gloucester to Cardiff due to vandalism and signalling problems near the Severn Tunnel junction.