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 until Thursday 26 July

Start date
23/07/2018  00:00
End date
Route affected

Great Western Railway between Penzance / Plymouth / Paignton / Exeter St Davids / Taunton / Weston-super-Mare / Bristol Temple Meads / Bedwyn / Newbury and Cheltenham Spa / Reading  and  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 or later than usual, and journey times may be extended by up to 35 minutes.

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

After 22:15 on Monday to Wednesday, most trains between Exeter St Davids and Plymouth / Gunnislake will be retimed and journey times extended.

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. During the morning and evening Peak direct buses will operate between Reading and Thatcham and between Didcot Parkway and Newbury.

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, some services will be not run, and will be replaced by road transport between Chippenham, Melksham, Trowbridge and Westbury to replace cancelled trains.

Other Services:

Some local services between Gloucester / Bristol Parkway / Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa / Westbury / Salisbury / Frome / Castle Cary / Weymouth will be re-timed to depart earlier than usual.

Check before you travel:

These changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

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.