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.

Buses replace trains between Cheltenham Spa / Evesham and Hereford from Saturday 26 until Wednesday 30 May

Start date
26/05/2018  00:00
End date
Route affected
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CrossCountry between Paignton / Cardiff Central and Birmingham New Street

Great Western Railway between London Paddington / Bristol Temple Meads and Gloucester / Cheltenham Spa / Worcester Shrub Hill / Worcester Foregate Street / Great Malvern / Hereford

West Midlands Railway between Stratford-upon-Avon / Birmingham New Street / Birmingham Moor Street and Worcester Shrub Hill / Great Malvern / Hereford

TOC(s) affected
CrossCountryGreat Western RailwayWest Midlands Railway

Engineering work is taking place between Ashchurch for Tewkesbury and Worcester Shrub Hill, and also between Evesham and Malvern Link, closing some lines.


Some early morning / late night services that run via Worcester Shrub Hill will be diverted to run alternative routes. Calling times at stations will be unaffected by these diversions.

Great Western Railway:

Services between Great Malvern / Worcester Shrub Hill / Cheltenham Spa / Gloucester and Bristol Temple Meads will start from / terminate at Cheltenham Spa.

Replacement buses will run between Worcester Foregate Street and Cheltenham Spa, calling at all stations.

Services between Worcester stations / Great Malvern / Hereford and London Paddington will run between London Paddington and Evesham only. Replacement buses will run between Worcester stations / Great Malvern / Hereford and Evesham.

If you are travelling to stations towards London Paddington on Sunday, please note that the last buses to connect with trains to London Paddington will depart as below:

  • Hereford - 18:05
  • Great Malvern - 20:15
  • Worcester Shrub Hill - 20:49

An amended service will operate at Shipton, with some trains not stopping whilst other trains will make additional stops.

West Midlands Railway:

Services between Birmingham New Street / Birmingham Moor Street and Great Malvern / Hereford will run between Birmingham New Street / Birmingham Moor Street and Worcester Shrub Hill. No trains will run to / from Worcester Foregate Street.

An amended timetable will be in operation on this route, with a reduced number of trains running.

Replacement buses will run between Worcester Shrub Hill and Hereford, calling at all booked stations.

Further information on this engineering work and how West Midlands Railway are affected can be found here.

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.