Flooding disruption to local rail services continues as GWR confirms a busy route is closed. 

Great Western Railway has confirmed that the railway between Bristol Parkway and Swindon is closed due to flooding in the Chipping Sodbury area and has been for 'several days'. 

From Sunday, January 7, large-scale engineering work is taking place, so as a result, services running through these stations have been suspended with replacement buses put in place instead. 

These buses will run between Swindon and Reading, Didcot Parkway, Bristol Parkway and Chippenham. 

A GWR spokesperson said: "We’re really sorry for the disruption customers have faced after flooding closed some routes.

"Rising river levels and already saturated ground means some lines may continue to be affected and customers should check their journeys before travelling."

The rail service has said it is likely that from the start of service on Monday, January 8, the direct line between Bristol Parkway and Swindon will remain closed with train services being diverted via an alternative route.

GWR has said that further information will be provided nearer the time.

There have also been cancellations to services between Reading and Westbury, alterations to trains between London Paddington and Reading and delays between Didcot Parkway and Oxford.