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Early warning of rail disruption in August 2014

posted 7 Jun 2014, 03:40 by Parish Council Communications
On the first weekend in August (2nd and 3rd) Network Rail will be carrying out important signalling work between Swindon and Didcot.  This will reduce delays caused by signal failures and will prepare the line for electrification.  It is therefore essential work.

With the line closed, however, services between London and Bristol will be affected.  Trains between Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads will be diverted.  This will mean extended journey times and fewer services. The line closure means trains will not be running between Didcot Parkway and Swindon.  There will be a regular coach service between Reading and Swindon and Didcot Parkway and Swindon.

There will be further work on 23rd and 24th August, when lines between Didcot Parkway and Swindon, Swindon and Chippenham, Swindon and Bristol Parkway will all be closed.  Direct trains will run between London Paddington/Reading and Bath, Bristol and South Wales via alternative routes with extended journey times. A regular coach service will operate between Reading/Didcot Parkway and Swindon/Bath/Chippenham and Bristol Parkway.

All these works will also affect other routes through Swindon - to South Wales and to the South Cotswolds.  Up to date information is available from First Great Western via this link.