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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.

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Restrictions

Applicable Days

Monday to Friday

Mondays to Fridays

Outward Travel

Not valid on trains timed to depart:

  • London Paddington after 04:29 and before 09:12 and after 16:40 until 18:34

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

  • Didcot before 09:53

  • Slough after 04:29 and before 09:07 and after 16:40 until 18:25

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

  • Birmingham New Street after 02:29 and before 10:30

Return Travel

Not valid on trains timed to depart:

  • Slough after 04:29 and before 09:07

Not valid on trains timed to arrive at London Waterloo before 09:52.

Not valid for travel on trains timed to depart earlier than shown from the following stations:

  • 07:46 from Ashchurch for Tewkesbury

  • 09:00 from Avoncliff (if travel via Bath Spa, restriction time shown applies eastbound from this station) (also valid on the 07:57 service)

  • 08:39 from Bath Spa

  • 08:20 from Bradford on Avon (if travel via Bath Spa, restriction time shown applies eastbound from this station) (also valid on the 08:12 service)

  • 07:10 from Bridgwater

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

  • 08:26 from Bristol Temple Meads

  • 08:30 from Castle Cary (if travel via Bath Spa, restriction time shown applies eastbound from this station)

  • 08:21 from Cheltenham Spa (if travel is via Bristol Parkway, the restriction time shown for Bristol Parkway also applies for journeys eastbound from this station)

  • 08:46 from Chippenham

  • 07:25 from Dawlish

  • 09:53 from Didcot Parkway

  • 07:56 from Exeter St Davids (also valid on the 07:20 CrossCountry service, changing at Bristol Temple Meads or Parkway; also valid on the 07:44 service)

  • 08:31 from Freshford (if travel via Bath Spa, restriction time shown applies eastbound from this station)

  • 07:46 from Frome

  • 08:26 from Gloucester (if travel is via Bristol Parkway, the restriction time shown for Bristol Parkway also applies for journeys eastbound from this station)

  • 07:22 from Highbridge

  • 09:05 from Kemble

  • 08:59 from Keynsham

  • 08:10 from Nailsea & Backwell

  • 08:39 from Newbury

  • 08:31 from Patchway

  • 09:00 from Pewsey

  • 08:45 from Stonehouse

  • 08:50 from Stroud

  • 09:05 from Swindon (also valid between 02:00 and 05:45)

  • 08:18 from Taunton (also valid on the 07:24 service via Bath Spa; also valid on the 07:46 CrossCountry service changing at Bristol Temple Meads or Parkway)

  • 07:20 from Teignmouth

  • 07:33 from Tiverton Parkway

  • ​​​​​​​09:11 from Trowbridge (also valid on the 08:06 service)​​​​​​​ (if travel via Bath Spa, restriction time shown applies eastbound from this station)

  • 08:56 from Westbury (if travel via Bath Spa, restriction time shown applies eastbound from this station)

  • 07:56 from Weston Milton

  • 07:45 from Weston-super-Mare

  • 07:56 from Worle

  • 07:56 from Yatton

Notes

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.

Restriction codes 2C / 9I apply to all journeys via London Euston.

Easement

Newbury to Westbury Closure Tuesday 17 to Thursday 19 September 2024

The following timing easements will apply during this line closure, for customers travelling to/from stations (and branch lines) from Pewsey to Penzance inclusive, for journeys to / from / via Didcot, Reading, London and Southeast:

Travel from London

The 08:57 service from London Paddington to Paignton temporarily becomes Off-Peak

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If travelling on the Great Western Railway 'Night Riviera' sleeper service in the westbound direction, customers may continue their journey after alighting from the sleeper in the morning without further restriction.

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.

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Not valid to arrive at Cheltenham before 12:26 during the Cheltenham Festival. 

In 2023 this takes place from  Tuesday 14 March to Friday 17 March, inclusive.

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