Future engineering work

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See details of routes affected by planned engineering works, including when they take effect, maps of the affected area, alternative timetables, advice for alternative travel and real-time updates.

Amended service between Newbury and Theale from Monday 23 April to Thursday 26 April

Start date
23/04/2018  00:00
End date
Route affected

between Penzance / Plymouth / Paignton / Exeter St Davids / Taunton / Weston super-Mare / Bristol Temple Meads / Bedwyn / Newbury and Cheltenham Spa / Reading / London Paddington

TOC(s) affected
Great Western Railway

Engineering work is taking place each day between Newbury and Theale, closing some lines.

Long Distance Services:

Services between Penzance / Plymouth / Exeter St Davids Taunton / Weston-super-Mare / Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington will be diverted to run on alternative routes between Reading and Westbury. Trains may depart earlier than usual, and journey times may be extended by up to 30 minutes.

Some services will be amended to start / terminate at different stations, and include additional stops.

Local Services:

Newbury - Reading:

Until 22:00 each night, local services will run an amended service during morning and evening peak times only, with trains making an additional stop at Reading West.

Services will run between Bedwyn / Newbury / Theale and Reading.

Replacement buses will run throughout the day between Newbury and Reading and Theale and Bedwyn. During morning and evening peaks, replacement buses will also run between Newbury and Didcot Parkway.

After 22:00 each night, no train services will run between Newbury and Reading. Replacement buses will operate between Newbury and Reading.

Westbury - Swindon:

As long distance services are being diverted to run via Swindon and Westbury, the following services will be cancelled each day:

The 10:47, 13:29, 15:18 and 20:06 Swindon to Westbury services.

The 12:47 Swindon to Frome service.

09:48, 11:47, 12:20, 16:21 and 18:32 Westbury to Swindon services.

The 14:04 Frome to Swindon service.

Other services will run earlier than usual. The 1932 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa will be amended to start from Frome at 19:15.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages


Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.