Essential info about the rail companies operating in the West of England.
Great Western Railway
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
Local timetables are listed below. You may access up to date timetables on the GWR’s website.
|B1||Cardiff, Bristol, Bath Spa and Swindon to the South Coast|
|B2||Cardiff and Bristol to Southampton and Portsmouth|
|B3||Bristol to Cardiff, Gloucester, Cheltenham Spa, Worcester and the Malverns|
|B4||Bristol to Weston-super-Mare and Taunton|
|B8||Bristol to Avonmouth and Severn Beach|
|BT||London and Reading to Bristol, Cardiff and Swansea|
Tickets may be purchased online from the GWR or National Rail websites, or by calling 0345 7000 125.
- 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)
A high speed train network with South West routes includes Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Parkway, Weston-super-Mare stations. Direct services to Birmingham International, Stansted and Southampton airports, via Birmingham New Street.
Three services operate on the South West route – the latest CrossCountry pocket timetables may be accessed on their website.
- 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
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
Page last checked: 28/03/2018