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 will replace trains between Reading / Didcot Parkway and Swindon on Saturday 29 February and Sunday 1 March

Start date
29/02/2020  00:00
End date
Route affected
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Between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads / Cardiff Central / Cheltenham Spa / Swansea / Taunton / Weston-Super-Mare

TOC(s) affected
Great Western Railway

Engineering work is taking place between Didcot Parkway and Swindon and also between Swindon and Bristol Parkway, closing all lines.

High Speed Services:

Trains between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads / Swansea / Cheltenham Spa will operate hourly to an amended timetable and a diversionary route. 

Buses will replace trains between Reading and Swindon and between Didcot Parkway and Swindon.

Customers travelling between London Paddington and Chippenham should travel via Bath Spa.

Customers travelling between Swindon and Bristol Parkway should travel via Bristol Temple Meads.

Local Services:

Due to diversion of High Speed Services over the route via Newbury, trains between London Paddington and Newbury / Bedwyn will be reduced in frequency and for most of the day, the following will apply:


  • An approximately 2-hourly train service between London Paddington and stations to/from Newbury(from mid-morning until late afternoon)
  • An hourly train service between Reading and stations to/from Newbury
  • An hourly train service between Newbury, Kintbury, Hungerford and Bedwyn.


Due to diversion of High Speed Services over the route via Newbury, the following will apply:

  • 08:48 Newbury to London Paddington will depart 08:55
  • 20:40 Bedwyn to Reading will depart 20:.45.

The following trains will NOT run:

  • 11:37, 13:37, 15:37, 17:38 London Paddington to Newbury; 12:27, 14:27, 16:35, 18:30 Newbury to London Paddington.
  • The 08:10 Reading to Newbury will not run and will be replaced by earlier road transport at 07:40 from Reading to Newbury arriving 08:43 calling all stations.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.