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Trains delayed out of Bristol Parkway due to points failure

A points failure near Bristol Parkway meant delays of up to 40 minutes this morning. Credit: National Rail Enquiries

Rail passengers travelling between Bristol Parkway and Swindon or Cheltenham this rush hour have had to put up with delays of up to 40 minutes due to a points failure.

It is affecting both Cross Country and Great Western Railway services.

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The points problem has now been resolved but National Rail Enquiries says passengers will still experience delays of up to 25 minutes until 11.30am this morning, 6 November.

Bristol Parkway closure: how will I be affected?

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.

CrossCountry has an amended timetable with an hourly service between Bristol Temple Meads, Cheltenham and Birmingham New Street. Credit: Cross Country

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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Person hit by a train between Gloucester and Parkway

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.

Transport Minister opens £13m car park

Baroness Kramer and other dignitaries cross some of the 700 spaces at the £13m car park at Bristol Parkway Credit: ITV West

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.

The Transport Minister Baroness Kramer unveils the all-important plaque Credit: ITV West

Baroness Kramer says the investment will pay off in the future.

This is for the long term. This is anticipating there are going to be many more people coming in as we get more trains, faster trains, increase in service quality, and that means that we've got it there now to serve the next generation of users for this station. So it's not just a quick response to a short-term demand

– Baroness Kramer, Transport Minister
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