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 all day service between Reading and Bedwyn from Tuesday 28 until Thursday 30 August

Start date
28/08/2018  00:00
End date
Route affected

Trains between London Paddington / Reading and Newbury / Bedwyn and also the Sleeper service between London Paddington and Penzance

TOC(s) affected
Great Western Railway

Engineering work is taking place between Reading West, Theale, Newbury and Westbury, closing all lines between Theale and Bedwyn.

No trains will run between Theale, Newbury and Bedwyn throughout.

High Speed trains which run between London Paddington and Westbury / Exeter St Davids / Plymouth / Penzance via Newbury will be diverted via Chippenham and Melksham. An amended timetable will be in operation with most trains departing up to 35 minutes earlier than usual, and certain trains via Bristol Temple Meads will be extended to other destinations such as Penzance and Taunton.

Until 22:00 each night, trains will operate in the morning and evening peaks only between London Paddington and Theale. Most trains will call additionally at Reading West. All local services will only run between Reading and Theale.

Road transport will operate between the following stations:

  • 1-2 buses per hour at peak time between Reading and Newbury (with some buses extended to run hourly between Newbury and Bedwyn)
  • 1-2 buses per hour at peak time between Theale and Newbury / Bedwyn
  • Didcot Parkway and Newbury
  • Reading and Thatcham
  • Swindon and Pewsey
  • Westbury and Pewsey (limited service)
  • Newbury and Pewsey (limited service)

From 22:00 each night, trains between Reading, Newbury and Bedwyn will be replaced by buses throughout.

Some train services between Swindon and Westbury via Melksham will be amended, retimed or cancelled as a result of these works. Cancelled trains will be replaced with road transport.

Some services between Gloucester / Bristol Parkway / Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa / Westbury / Salisbury / Frome / Castle Cary / Weymouth will be amended, and will run earlier than usual.

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:

The Great Western Route Modernisation project is the biggest investment in the Great Western railway since Brunel built it more than 150 years ago. Modernising the route will improve the experience of everyone who uses it and stimulate economic growth in the South West and beyond.

Network Rail are electrifying one of Britain's oldest and busiest railways, providing greener, more reliable journeys and improving connections across southern England and South Wales: London and Bristol, including Cardiff, Newbury and Oxford. This project is also part of the London Railway Upgrade Plan, creating new connections and increasing capacity in peak hour by 30%.