Great Western Railway

Network

An extensive network of high-speed trains from London Paddington and branch-line trains serving the South West.

  • High-speed and local routes connect Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Parkway, Weston-super-Mare and Bath Spa and all the local stations in between
  • Direct services to – London Paddington, Gatwick airport (via Reading), and Portsmouth Harbour
  • All the railway stations in this area are managed by them

Timetables

Local timetables are listed below. You may access up to date timetables on the GWR’s website.
Central 1London Paddington to Bristol, Cheltenham Spa and South Wales
Central 1aLondon Paddington to Bristol and South Wales (Summary)
Central 2London Paddington to Cheltenham Spa
Central 3Cardiff and Bristol to the South Coast
Central 3aCardiff and Bristol to the South Coast (Summary)
Central 4Cardiff and Bristol to Weston-super-Mare and Exeter
Central 5Bristol to Gloucester, Cheltenham Spa and the Malverns
Central 6Bristol to Severn Beach (The Severn Beach Line)
Central 7Bath Spa to Cardiff Central

Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online from the GWR or National Rail websites, or by calling 0345 7000 125. Check out their free mobile app

  • Search, buy and store advance tickets on your mobile device
  • Get live departure/arrival times and platform info on the move

Taking your bike

Bicycles travel for free in designated areas.

  • 6 spaces available on high-speed trains and 2 spaces on branch line trains
  • Reserve your space at least 24 hours in advance
  • Make your reservation when you book your ticket on the GWR website or by calling 0345 7000 125 (option2)


CrossCountry Trains

Network

A high speed train network centred on Birmingham – operating from Aberdeen to Penzance and Stansted across to Cardiff

  • South West route includes Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Parkway, Weston-super-Mare stations
  • Direct services to Birmingham International, Stansted and Southampton airports, via Birmingham New Street.

Timetables

Three services operate on the South West route – the latest pocket timetables may be accessed here.
Scotland, the North East to the South West and South Coast
Nottingham and Derby to Bristol and Cardiff
Manchester to the South West and South Coast

Tickets

CrossCountry sell multi-operator tickets and do not charge a booking fee.

Taking your bike

Bicycles travel for free in a designated area of the train – as space is limited, it’s best to make a reservation in advance by calling 0844 811 0124.

  • Most trains have two reservable bike spaces and one further space for unreserved bikes
  • Reservations are accepted on a ‘first come- first served’ basis
  • Folding bikes may be carried as normal hand luggage
  • Tandems, tricycles, bike trailers, motorbikes, scooters, mopeds or motorised bikes are not accepted


South West Trains

Network

An extensive network of trains covering the South and South West of England.

  • The West of England route connects Bristol Temple Meads with Bath Spa, on route to Salisbury and beyond

Timetables

The latest timetable may be accessed here.
Exeter, Bristol and Salisbury to London Waterloo (Timetable 20)

Tickets

Visit the South West Trains journey planner for train times and to buy tickets.

Taking your bike

Bicycles travel for free but you need to reserve a space.

  • Book at least 24 hours in advance at any staffed station, or by calling 0845 6000 650
  • Spaces on a ‘first come-first served’ basis, so book early

 

  • A small folding cycle can be carried as hand luggage provided there is space for it to be safely stowed and it doesn’t cause an obstruction.

Although we make every effort to keep our pages updated, you should always confirm the information with the operators before you travel.

Last checked: 25/01/2017

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