Brace yourselves for railway chaos

Passengers are warned to expect delays this weekend

Passengers are warned to expect delays this weekend

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PASSENGERS to London will face replacement bus services over the weekend as Network Rail looks to upgrade the line to prepare for electrification works.

A number of signalling failures have caused massive disruption on the Great Western line in recent months, including a fault in Twyford earlier this month which brought all services through Swindon to a halt.

In an effort to improve the signalling services along the line, Network Rail is closing the Swindon to Didcot line this weekend while major improvement works take place.

A spokesman for First Great Western said: “First Great Western is encouraging customers travelling between Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3 to check journey times and routes prior to travelling, as improvements works take place across the Great Western main line.

“Over the weekend, the railway line between Didcot Parkway and Swindon will be closed. The line between Hereford and Worcester Shrub Hill will also be closed on Sunday, August 3 only.

“The planned Network Rail works will reduce delays caused by signal failure and prepare the lines for the installation of overhead line equipment, a vital step in electrifying the railway.”

Most routes along the Great Western line will be affected.

A rail replacement bus service will run between Reading and Swindon. On Saturday there will also be a through train service via an alternative route with extended journey times of about 60 minutes.

Train services will operate between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads but will be extended by about 20 minutes as trains are diverted via an alternative route. An hourly service will operate on Saturday until 3pm on Sunday, when a half hourly service will return.

South Wales routes will alter over the weekend, when on Saturday they will call at Chippenham, Swindon and Bristol Parkway and on Sunday they will call at Bath Spa, Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway. An hourly service will operate and journey times will be extended by about 75 minutes.

Customers on routes between Cheltenham, Gloucester, Swindon, Reading and London Paddington will be able to choose between diverted train services with extended journey times of up to 60 minutes or fast bus services between Swindon and Reading with extended journey times by up to 35 minutes.

On Saturday only, some train services between Swindon and Chippenham and Trowbridge and Westbury via Melksham will be operated by replacement buses.

For more information visit www.journeycheck.com/firstgreatwestern.

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4:38pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

If you have a pass or already have your ticket make sure you ask for your compensation form.
Dont let them keep your money and provide a poor service.

How about instead of HS2 etc improve existing services, a new line would be wonderful but surely making the the service that is in place works is priority.
I know that wont give massive contracts to "friends" of gov but it is what is needed.
If you have a pass or already have your ticket make sure you ask for your compensation form. Dont let them keep your money and provide a poor service. How about instead of HS2 etc improve existing services, a new line would be wonderful but surely making the the service that is in place works is priority. I know that wont give massive contracts to "friends" of gov but it is what is needed. Badgersgetabadname
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8:34pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Wowzimmer says...

It's a shame that First Great Western (FGW) have been so slow to make this information public. As the impending electrification project looms ever closer we can expect a lot more weekends of disruption. Detailed information, presented in a number of formats at the earliest opportunity will allow more customers to make alternative plans.

Take Virgin Trains as an example. During August the line between Euston and Milton Keynes will be subject to weekend closures and disruption. For weeks I have heard onboard train announcements, leaflets handed out at stations, posters and Tweets warning of the upcoming works and advising alternative routes

In contrast, despite between a regular FGW customer the first I heard of this closure was when I read this article.
It's a shame that First Great Western (FGW) have been so slow to make this information public. As the impending electrification project looms ever closer we can expect a lot more weekends of disruption. Detailed information, presented in a number of formats at the earliest opportunity will allow more customers to make alternative plans. Take Virgin Trains as an example. During August the line between Euston and Milton Keynes will be subject to weekend closures and disruption. For weeks I have heard onboard train announcements, leaflets handed out at stations, posters and Tweets warning of the upcoming works and advising alternative routes In contrast, despite between a regular FGW customer the first I heard of this closure was when I read this article. Wowzimmer
  • Score: -2

8:51pm Tue 29 Jul 14

South Stand says...

Wowzimmer wrote:
It's a shame that First Great Western (FGW) have been so slow to make this information public. As the impending electrification project looms ever closer we can expect a lot more weekends of disruption. Detailed information, presented in a number of formats at the earliest opportunity will allow more customers to make alternative plans.

Take Virgin Trains as an example. During August the line between Euston and Milton Keynes will be subject to weekend closures and disruption. For weeks I have heard onboard train announcements, leaflets handed out at stations, posters and Tweets warning of the upcoming works and advising alternative routes

In contrast, despite between a regular FGW customer the first I heard of this closure was when I read this article.
The information has been there since June. Maybe you should read more.
[quote][p][bold]Wowzimmer[/bold] wrote: It's a shame that First Great Western (FGW) have been so slow to make this information public. As the impending electrification project looms ever closer we can expect a lot more weekends of disruption. Detailed information, presented in a number of formats at the earliest opportunity will allow more customers to make alternative plans. Take Virgin Trains as an example. During August the line between Euston and Milton Keynes will be subject to weekend closures and disruption. For weeks I have heard onboard train announcements, leaflets handed out at stations, posters and Tweets warning of the upcoming works and advising alternative routes In contrast, despite between a regular FGW customer the first I heard of this closure was when I read this article.[/p][/quote]The information has been there since June. Maybe you should read more. South Stand
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