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Industrial action to affect Great Western Railway until Saturday 9 December 

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Incident reported: 21 Nov 2023 at 07:36

Last updated

05 Dec 2023 at 11:20

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Great Western Railway routes


Strike action to affect Great Western Railway services has been announced by the ASLEF Union. Great Western Railway will be particularly affected on Thursday 7 December.

There is also an ASLEF Union overtime ban from Friday 1 to Saturday 9 December and there may be some short notice alterations or cancellations to Great Western Railway services. Please check your journey before you travel.

Today, Tuesday 5 December

Due to a ASLEF strike action, the line between Westbury to Weymouth is affected by numerous cancellations. Road transport will not be provided during strike action.

You may use your ticket on Southern services via any reasonable route to complete your journey.

Thursday 7 December:

On Thursday 7 December, an extremely limited service will operate across the Great Western Railway network. Many parts of the Great Western Railway network will have no service at all. There will be a reduced operating window; services will start at 07:00 and must be completed by around 19:00.

A very limited service will run only on the following routes between:

  • London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads

  • London and Oxford

  • Reading and Basingstoke

  • Reading and Redhill (peak time only)

  • Reading and Newbury (peak time only)

  • Westbury and Swindon (peak time only)

  • Cardiff Central and Bristol Temple Meads

  • Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple (peak time only)

  • Exeter St Davids and Exmouth (calling at Exeter Central, Digby and Topsham only)

  • Plymouth and Gunnislake

  • Penzance and St Ives

If you intend to travel where trains are running, please check your whole journey before you travel. Great Western Railway trains that are operating will be busier than usual due to the reduced frequency. Other train operators are also affected by this action, so onward travel could also be affected.

Where there are no trains, Great Western Railway will not be providing bus replacement services.

More information:

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the Great Western Railway website.

Check before you travel:

You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

For the period between 1 and 9 December, we recommend that you check your whole journey before you set off, as the impact of the strikes is different for each operator and each day.