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 Reading and Bedwyn from 21:10 on Saturday 1 and morning / evening on Sunday 2 September

Start date
01/09/2018  00:00
End date
Route affected
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Trains between London Paddington / Reading and Newbury / Bedwyn / Exeter St Davids / Penzance

TOC(s) affected
Great Western Railway

Engineering work is taking place between Reading and Bedwyn, closing the line.

On Saturday and Sunday from approximately 21:10 both days, local services between Reading and Newbury / Bedwyn will be replaced by buses.

On Sunday until 09:50, local services between Reading and Newbury / Bedwyn will also be replaced by buses.

During these times, High Speed services will divert between Reading and Taunton. Additional buses will be provided between Swindon and Pewsey where required.

Additionally the 17:28 Newquay to London Paddington service will be diverted between Taunton and Reading.

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%.