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  • XC, GWR, SWR, AW – National Rail routes  

    CORONAVIRUS - Latest Travel Advice

    Last updated: 06:33 01/03/2021

    A national lockdown is currently in place across Britain. To tackle the spread of Coronavirus, the government is urging people to stay at home wherever possible.

    If you do need to travel, please follow the advice given by your train operator regarding planning your journey. Details of the timetables, and safe travel advice from each operator, is available via the Train Operating Company links towards the bottom of this page.

    Please also follow the recommended guidance before you set off on your essential journey:

    • Plan ahead and consider travelling at quieter times
    • Carry hand sanitiser and wash your hands before and after travelling
    • Follow social distancing guidance at stations, on platforms and on trains
    • Do not travel if you or anyone in your household are showing symptoms of Covid-19
    • You must wear a face covering (unless you are exempt).

          

    You also need to follow the latest advice from government and public health officials.

    National restrictions: Please check the below links for the latest government advice:

     

    For the latest Coronavirus guidance from the NHS, please visit nhs.uk/coronavirus.

    Answers to the common questions that you are asking about train services can be found on our dedicated Coronavirus page.

    Details of the current timetables, and safe travel advice, from each operator is available via the Train Operating Company links below:

     

    Waiting Rooms and Ticket Offices:
    Some waiting rooms at stations remain closed for public safety. Some Ticket Offices also remain closed or have reduced opening times. Times on the station information pages may not match up to the current opening times.

    Check before you travel:
    You are advised to check the Journey Planner as close to your time of travel as possible, as timetables and travel advice may be subject to late notice change.

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  • SWR – All routes across the South Western Railway network

    South Western Railway - Timetable information and safe travel advice

    Last updated: 03:32 04/03/2021

    A revised South Western Railway service is in operation in line with the latest government advice and current passenger demand. You can find the latest timetables for each route here.

    When planning your journey, please check the latest government advice as restrictions may be in place. You can find more information about this here.

    More information from South Western Railway about what is being done to make sure you can travel with confidence can be found here.  

    Check before you travel:

    For weekdays, you can check your journey up to Friday 12 March using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner.

    For weekends, you can check your journey up to Saturday 10 April using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner.

    If you are travelling on weekdays from Monday 15 March or on weekends from Saturday 10 April, please check again closer to the time of travel.

    Please also be aware that due to the current restrictions on travel, train schedules may change at short notice. We advise you to check your journey as close to the time of travel as possible.

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  • XC – All CrossCountry routes.    

    CrossCountry - Revised timetable and safe travel advice

    Last updated: 07:51 01/02/2021

    CrossCountry are operating a reduced timetable, in line with current passenger demand and government guidelines. Details of the service that is running can be found here.

    There are different restrictions in place across England, Scotland and Wales. Please check the below links for the latest government advice:

     

    Seat reservations:

    You must make a seat reservation when you purchase your ticket. Each customer will receive a reservation which will include your seat number and coach detail. The seat reservations will allow you to socially distance from other customers, with the allocation of a window seat. Please stick to your reservation to ensure that everyone can travel safely.

    Where can I find more information?

    The latest advice, including how to travel safely and how to apply for a refund, can be found on CrossCountry's dedicated Coronavirus advice page.

    Check before you travel:
    You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner. Please be aware that last minute alterations may be made to the timetable. You are urged to check the Journey Planner and Live Departure Boards regularly before you travel.

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  • GWR – All routes.

    Great Western Railway - Timetable information and safe travel advice

    Last updated: 07:51 01/02/2021

    Great Western Railway are operating an amended timetable due to the current coronavirus situation. Revised timetables can be found here. 

    When planning your journey, please check the latest government advice as restrictions may be in place. You can find links to the latest information for England here and Wales here.

    More information on what Great Western Railway are doing to help you travel with confidence can be found here.

    Check before you travel:
    You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner. Please be aware that last minute alterations may be made to the timetable. You are urged to check the Journey Planner and Live Departure Boards regularly before you travel.

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  • AW – All Transport for Wales routes

    Transport for Wales - Timetable information and safe travel advice

    Last updated: 04:44 03/03/2021

    Transport for Wales are operating a reduced timetable, in line with current passenger demand.

    Further reductions to the timetable have been made in response to the tighter restrictions in place across Wales and England.

    Details of the current timetable, which is running from Monday 25 January until further notice, can be found here. 

    Current restrictions:

    You can find the latest information and advice from the Welsh Government here.

    What advice and information is available on crowding and social distancing?

    The capacity of today's services can be found here. This will help you decide which train to travel on to avoid the busiest times and services.

    Pontypridd station:

    There is a one way system operating at Pontypridd station. Please make sure you walk in the designated areas.

    No service at some stations:

    In order to maintain a safe distance between the conductor and customers, Transport for Wales need to be able to operate two train doors. Due to the short platform length at some stations, this is not possible. As a result, trains will not call at the below stations until further notice:

    • Llanaber - Closest alternative station is Barmouth, which is 2.5 miles away
    • Llanbedr - Closest alternative station is Pensarn, which is 1 mile away
    • Llandanwg - Closest alternative station is Pensarn, which is 1 mile away
    • Tygwyn - Closest alternative station is Talsarnau, which is 1.5 miles away
    • Abererch - Closest alternative station is Penychain, which is 2.5 miles away
    • Gilfach Fargoed - Closest alternative station is Bargoed, which is 1 mile away
    • Llanfairpwll - Closest alternative station is Bangor, which is 4.5 miles away
    • Valley - Closest alternative station is Holyhead, which is 3.5 miles away
    • Hopton Heath - Closest alternative station is Bucknell, which is 3.5 miles away
    • Sugar Loaf - Closest alternative station is Llanwrtyd Wells, which is 3 miles away

     

    Check before you travel:
    You can check your journey up to and including Friday 12 March using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner.

    Please be aware that due to the current restrictions on travel, train schedules may change at short notice. We advise you to check your journey as close to the time of travel as possible. Additionally, some weekend and late night / early morning services may be effected by engineering work.

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  • AW – Between Carmarthen / Swansea and Shrewsbury

    Amended service on the Heart of Wales Line until further notice

    Last updated: 01:40 26/01/2021

    The Heart of Wales Line is currently closed between Llanelli and Llanwrtyd. This is due to the ongoing repairs to the track following the derailment of a freight train near Llangennech.

    How is this affecting the train service?

    Trains are unable to run between Llanelli and Llanwrtyd.

    Network Rail is working around the clock to complete the considerable repairs needed. The line is not expected to reopen until 5 March at the earliest.

    Replacement buses:

    Buses are running between Swansea and Llanwrtyd.

    On Sundays, buses will operate between Swansea and Llandrindod.

    Road transport is being provided by Lakeside, Williams, Wheadon's and Watts Coaches.

    Due to station access, a full size coach will operate a limited stop service, and a minibus will serve all stations.

    For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility information, please use this page.

    You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.

    Alternative route:

    Tickets routed via the Heart of Wales Line will be accepted on alternative Transport for Wales rail services via Cardiff Central and Hereford, either directly or connecting into or out of planned replacement road transport.

    What happened?

    On Wednesday 26 August, a freight train transporting diesel fuel derailed and caught fire in the Llangennech area. The remaining diesel from the wagons has been removed and the damaged wagons have all been removed from site by road. Network Rail are now repairing damage to the rail infrastructure. Regular updates from Network Rail can be found here and a short video can also be viewed here.

    Also in August 2020, extreme weather resulted in damage to the railway in various locations between Llandrindod and Craven Arms. Repairs on this section of the line were completed in November 2020 and trains are able to run again between Llandrindod and Shrewsbury.

    Check before you travel:

    You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

    Although journey planners are showing correctly, your journey may be subject to alteration at short notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please check before your journey.

  • GWR – Between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads / Taunton / Weston-Super-Mare / Exeter St Davids

    Reduced service between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads

    Last updated: 03:06 13/12/2020

    Trains between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads are now able to run normally following a shortage of train crew.

  • SWR – Between Alton and Woking / London Waterloo, and also between Guildford and Ascot

    Disruption between Aldershot and Ash Vale

    Last updated: 01:21 14/02/2021

    Trains are now running normally following a trespasser on the railway between Aldershot and Ash Vale.

  • GWR – Between London Paddington / Reading and Newbury / Bedwyn / Exeter St Davids / Plymouth

    Disruption between Reading and Newbury

    Last updated: 07:09 01/03/2021

    Trains are now running normally between Reading and Newbury following disruption caused by a points failure

     

  • AW – Between Shrewsbury and Swansea

    Buses replace trains between Knighton and Llandrindod / Llanwrtyd / Swansea from Saturday 6 to Friday 19 March

    Last updated: 11:45 08/03/2021

    Engineering work is taking place between Knighton and Llandrindod, closing all lines.

    Monday to Friday:

    Buses replace trains between Knighton and Llandrindod / Llanwrtyd.

    Saturday and Sunday:

    Buses replace trains between Knighton and Swansea.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    Although journey planners are showing correctly, your journey may be subject to alteration at short notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please check before your journey.

    Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

    For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility and bicycle information, please use this page.

    You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.

  • AW – All routes to / from Aberystwyth

    Buses replace late night / early morning trains between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth from Monday 8 to Friday 12 March

    Last updated: 10:49 28/02/2021

    Engineering work is taking place overnight between Dovey Junction and Aberystwyth, closing all lines.

    Buses replace late night / early morning trains between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    Although journey planners are showing correctly, your journey may be subject to alteration at short notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please check before your journey.

    Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

    For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility and bicycle information, please use this page.

    You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.

  • SWR – Between London Waterloo and Windsor & Eton Riverside

    Buses replace trains between Staines and Windsor & Eton Riverside from Monday 8 to Friday 12 March

    Last updated: 09:24 03/03/2021

    Engineering work is taking place between Staines & Windsor & Eton Riverside, closing the line from Monday to Friday.

    Buses will replace trains between Staines and Windsor & Eton Riverside.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    Although journey planners are showing correctly, your journey may be subject to alteration at short notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please check before your journey.

    Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

    For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility and bicycle information, please use this page.

    You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.

  • GWR – Between London Paddington and Reading / Didcot Parkway

    Buses replace early morning trains between London Paddington and Ealing Broadway on Monday 8 March

    Last updated: 09:51 28/01/2021

    Early morning engineering work is taking place between London Paddington and Acton Main Line closing 2 out of 4 lines.

    The following alteration will apply:

    • The 00:34 London Paddington to Reading is replaced by a bus between London Paddington and Ealing Broadway, departing London Paddington at 00:20.
    • The 00:35 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington will call additionally at Langley and west Drayton and is replaced by a bus between Ealing Broadway and London Paddington.
    • The 01:34 London Paddington to Reading is replaced by a bus between London Paddington and Ealing Broadway, departing London Paddington at 01:35.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    Although journey planners are showing correctly, your journey may be subject to alteration at short notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please check before your journey.

    Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

    For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility and bicycle information, please use this page.

    You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.

  • GWR – Between Cardiff Central / Bristol Temple Meads and Exeter St Davids, also between London Paddington and Exeter St Davids

    Buses replace overnight Great Western Railway trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 March

    Last updated: 10:12 28/01/2021

    Late night engineering work is taking place between Bristol Temple Meads and Highbridge & Burnham, closing the line.

    Each night from approximately 22:35 to 05:00, buses will replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton, calling at all station via Weston-super-Mere.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    Although journey planners are showing correctly, your journey may be subject to alteration at short notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please check before your journey.

    Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

    For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility and bicycle information, please use this page.

    You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.

  • GWR – Between London Paddington and Bedwyn

    Buses replace late night trains between Reading and Bedwyn from Monday 8 to Thursday 11 March

    Last updated: 10:20 28/01/2021

    Late night engineering work is taking place Reading and Bedwyn closing the line overnight from Monday evening until Friday morning.

    Each night from approximately 22:15 until the end of service, buses will replace trains between Reading / Newbury and Bedwyn.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    Although journey planners are showing correctly, your journey may be subject to alteration at short notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please check before your journey.

    Additional information:

    Buses serve railway stations (forecourt/car park/entrance) except where shown below:

    • Reading West: Oxford Road opposite McDonalds.
    • Aldermaston: Bath Road bus lay-by.
    • Midgham: Bath Road Angel public house.
    • Newbury Racecourse: Hanbridge Road adjacent to entrance or Mandarin Court.
    • Kintbury: Level Crossing by Station Road.

    Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

    For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility and bicycle information, please use this page.

    You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.

  • GWR – Between London Paddington and Swansea

    Amended overnight Great Western Railway trains between Cardiff Central and Bridgend from Monday 8 to Friday 12 March

    Last updated: 12:32 28/01/2021

    Overnight engineering work is taking place between Cardiff Central and Bridgend via Pontyclun, closing the line.

    The following trains will be diverted via Ninian Park or Barry extending journey times:

    • Monday to Thursday, the 20:48 / 21:48 / 22:48 London Paddington to Swansea.
    • Tuesday to Friday, the 03:46 (departing 03:41) Swansea to London Paddington

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    Although journey planners are showing correctly, your journey may be subject to alteration at short notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please check before your journey.

  • GWR – Between London Paddington and Penzance, also between Exeter St Davids and Gunnislake / Paignton

    Amended overnight Great Western Railway trains between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot from Monday 8 to Friday 12 March

    Last updated: 03:44 15/12/2020

    Overnight engineering work is taking place between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot closing some lines.

    Each night between 23:00 and 05:00, finishing 05:00 Friday morning, trains will have journey times extended between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot by up to 25 minutes.

    Check before you travel:

    These changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

  • XC – CrossCountry between Birmingham New Street and Newcastle / Edinburgh / NottinghamEast Midlands Railway between Crewe and Derby

    Disruption between Burton-on-Trent / Uttoxeter and Derby

    Last updated: 09:26 08/03/2021

    Trains are now able to run normally between Burton-on-Trent / Uttoxeter and Derby, following a points failure near Derby.

     

  • AW – between Milford Haven / Carmarthen and Manchester Piccadilly

    Disruption between Llanelli and Swansea

    Last updated: 03:57 08/03/2021

    Trains are now running normally following a points failure Llanelli and Swansea.