Rail passengers facing a chaotic Bank Holiday weekend

Rail passengers facing a chaotic Bank Holiday weekend

Rail passengers facing a chaotic Bank Holiday weekend

First published in News

RAIL travellers are facing chaos on the lines this Bank Holiday weekend.

First Great Western is encouraging customers travelling between Bristol Parkway and Swindon over the weekend to check journey times and routes prior to departure.

Network Rail is due to complete £45 million works to redouble the railway line between Swindon and Kemble, as well as additional improvement works. This means the closure of the line between Bristol Parkway and Swindon on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 August.

FGW General Manager, Central, Rob Mullen said: “These are vital infrastructure works to help pave the way for increased capacity and reduced journey times, and better performance and punctuality that electrification and new electric trains will bring for future services.

“We have worked closely with our colleagues at Network Rail to keep disruption to a minimum.”

On August 23 and 24, the lline will be closed from Swindon to Bristol Parkway, between Swindon and Didcot Parkway and between Swindon and Gloucester. The Transwilts route, from Swindon to Chippenham and Chippenham to Westbury via Melksham will be closed. The line between Hereford and Worcester Shrub Hill will also be closed for rail improvement work.

London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads, Weston Super Mare and West of England services (via Bristol Temple Meads) will be diverted extending journey times by approximately 20 minutes, while rail replacement buses will operate between Swindon and Bath Spa via Chippenham.

London Paddington to South Wales services will operate via an alternative route extending journey times by approximately 75 minutes and rail replacement buses will operate between Swindon and Bristol Parkway, and Reading and Swindon and Didcot Parkway and Swindon.

Services between London Paddington and Gloucester/Cheltenham Spa will be diverted via Bristol Temple Meads- extending journey times by approximately 60 minutes on Saturday, and rail replacement buses will operate between Swindon, Kemble, Stroud, Stonehouse and Gloucester, extending journey times between 20 to 50 minutes

Customers travelling to/from Cheltenham Spa will be able to change to/from rail service at Gloucester station.

Rail replacement bus services will operate between Swindon and Westbury, from Swindon to Chippenham and Chippenham to Westbury via Melksham - journey times will be extended by approximately 60 minutes.

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

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11:38am Thu 14 Aug 14

MuppetWatch says...

Sorry, i don't understand where the 'chaos' comes from...
Sorry, i don't understand where the 'chaos' comes from... MuppetWatch
  • Score: 3

11:40am Thu 14 Aug 14

MuppetWatch says...

Sorry, I don't understand where the 'chaos' comes from...? Completely appreciate that altered timetables and diversions will make journeys longer and travel in general a bit more of a pain, but we've known about this for months and the info is on all the websites. I long for the day a newspaper sub can write anything about the railway without unthinkingly resorting to the 'rail chaos' cliche!
Sorry, I don't understand where the 'chaos' comes from...? Completely appreciate that altered timetables and diversions will make journeys longer and travel in general a bit more of a pain, but we've known about this for months and the info is on all the websites. I long for the day a newspaper sub can write anything about the railway without unthinkingly resorting to the 'rail chaos' cliche! MuppetWatch
  • Score: 6

12:28pm Thu 14 Aug 14

South Stand says...

As I said the last time you published this information and called it chaos.
'chaos', seems to be a word that would be better applied to 'The Swindon Advertiser', as they don't seem to understand the meaning of the word.
Alternative road transport and their timings have been published months in advance.
I appreciate that you need to sell more papers at its inflated price but please stick to the facts.
As I said the last time you published this information and called it chaos. 'chaos', seems to be a word that would be better applied to 'The Swindon Advertiser', as they don't seem to understand the meaning of the word. Alternative road transport and their timings have been published months in advance. I appreciate that you need to sell more papers at its inflated price but please stick to the facts. South Stand
  • Score: 8

12:10am Fri 15 Aug 14

Phantom Poster says...

Oh for gods sake give it a rest - it's just a turn of phrase, which you would expect from any newspaper!

I'm actually just a freeloader visiting the website, despite not buying the Adver. So I don't feel that I have any right to complain. How about you?
Oh for gods sake give it a rest - it's just a turn of phrase, which you would expect from any newspaper! I'm actually just a freeloader visiting the website, despite not buying the Adver. So I don't feel that I have any right to complain. How about you? Phantom Poster
  • Score: 0

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