Latest Bristol flood warnings as railway line remains closed and cold snap looms

A flood warning[1] and a separate flood alert remain in place in the Bristol area today (Saturday, January 6) as the aftermath of Storm Henk[2] continues to cause disruption. There is also more train chaos as the railway line between Bristol Parkway and Swindon is still closed.

GWR's latest advice reads: "Due to heavy rain flooding the railway between Bristol Parkway and Swindon the line is closed. Train services through these stations may be subject to disruption on all routes. Disruption is expected until the end of the day."

It said the flooding is in the Chipping Sodbury area, meaning trains will be diverted via an alternative route "which will add up to 40 minutes to your journey". Network Rail has carried out an inspection this morning and reports that "water is still flowing onto the railway from the surrounding fields".

The Environment Agency's flood warning for the Bristol Avon (lower) from Twerton to Bristol remains live, having been updated last night. It now reads: "River levels have peaked on the Bristol Avon but levels are still high.

"No rainfall is forecast but river levels will remain high through the weekend. Areas most at risk include The Shallows and Mead Lane, Saltford. Flooding is also forecast to affect the Riverside Cottages area near Hanham and properties in Swineford and Keynsham."

A flood alert is also still in place for the lower Bristol Avon area, affecting low-lying land at Hanham Lock and the floodplain upstream of Bath.

This is a live blog and we will keep you updated with fresh information below.


  1. ^ flood warning (
  2. ^ aftermath of Storm Henk (
  3. ^ Bristol flooding in pictures as River Avon bursts its banks (
  4. ^ Range Rover driver caught on camera ploughing through floodwater in Keynsham (