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Restriction Code

Some tickets may require you to travel at specific times of the day, days of the week or on a specific route. Our Journey Planner takes ticket restrictions into account with the selection that you have made and will only have shown tickets that are valid for the selected trains.


Applicable Days

Monday to Friday

Mondays to Fridays

Outward Travel

Not valid for travel on trains timed to depart after 04:29 and before the times shown from the following stations: 

  • 07:40 from Bridgend (also valid between 02:00 and 04:45); 

  • 08:56 from Bristol Parkway (also valid between 02:00 and 05:30); 

  • 08:26 from Bristol Temple Meads (also valid between 02:00 and 05:10);

  • 08:10 from Cardiff Central (also valid between 02:00 and 05:30);

  • 09:54 from Didcot Parkway (also not valid between 0001 and 04:29)

  • 08:25 from Gloucester

  • 07:25 from Neath

  • 08:39 from Newbury (also not valid between 0001 and 04:29)

  • 08:25 from Newport (South Wales) (also valid between 02:00 and 05:45);

  • 07:30 from Port Talbot Parkway (also valid between 02:00 and 05:00); 

  • 08:30 from Severn Tunnel Junction

  • 09:07 from Slough (also not valid between 0001 and 04:29)

  • 07:15 from Swansea (also valid between 02:00 and 04:30). ​​​​​​​

Return Travel

Not valid on trains timed to depart:

  • London Paddington after 04:29 and before 09:12 and after 16:40 and before 18:32

  • Reading after 04:29 and before 09:39 and after 17:03 and before 18:56

  • Didcot after Midnight and before 09:53

  • London Waterloo after 04:29 and before 08:15

Not valid on trains timed to arrive Salisbury before 09:30.


Off-Peak tickets from stations not listed are valid for connections into trains departing as shown above.

Restriction code WO applies to all journeys via Newbury or Didcot Parkway, not passing through Reading.

Restriction code Q8 applies to all journeys via Fareham / Southampton / Salisbury.

Restriction codes 7E / 9J apply to all journeys via London St Pancras International.

For travel on CrossCountry please use 2V.

Seasonal Variations

GWR Christmas and New Year Travel Restrictions 2023/24 Up to and including Thu 22 December : Normal ticket restrictions apply. Fri 22 December: Off-Peak tickets valid all day. Super Off-Peak tickets subject to normal restriction times.

Sat 23 December to Mon 01 January * No ticket restrictions apply. Tue 02 January 2024 onwards Normal ticket restrictions apply. Journey planners have been updated with the above information. *Please note this only applies to journeys priced by GWR. Flows within Wales, between Cheltenham and Gloucester and long-distance routes to areas not served by GWR are priced by other Train companies, who may have different Christmas travel restrictions in place.