Strike disruption to be compounded by engineering work warns GWR


GWR has reminded customers that major disruption to rail services will continue this weekend as strike action and planned engineering work limits the number of trains able to operate.

On Saturday 7 January, industrial action will continue, as well as planned engineering work, and only an extremely limited service will run. Customers have been advised to avoid travelling, and to seek alternative ways to make journeys.

A very limited service will operate, with no direct trains between London Paddington and Bristol, and between London Paddington and south Wales.

Services will only operate on the following routes from 07.30 and journeys must be completed by 18.30:

  • London Paddington and Oxford
  • London Paddington and Didcot Parkway
  • London Paddington and Reading
  • Slough and Windsor
  • Maidenhead and Marlow
  • Twyford and Henley-on-Thames
  • Reading and Basingstoke
  • Didcot and Oxford
  • Cardiff Central and Westbury calling most stations
  • Bristol and Plymouth

On Sunday 8 January, there will be a reduced level of service throughout the day, trains will start later and there could be short-notice cancellations and alterations.

Where trains can run, they are expected to be extremely busy and those travelling are advised to check their journey beforehand.

Due to the planned engineering work, no trains will run between Didcot Parkway and Bristol Parkway or Bath Spa.

  • Trains between London and Bristol or South Wales will use a different route – not stopping at Didcot Parkway, Swindon or Chippenham
  • Shuttle trains will run between Swindon and Cheltenham Spa
  • Buses will replace trains for stations between Reading and Bath Spa, and between Didcot Parkway and Bristol Parkway

Other train operators are also affected by this action, so onward travel could also be affected. 

Where trains are able to operate, they are expected to be extremely busy. 

Image credit: GWR

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