Electrification work between Newbury and Reading starts on 12th March

8 Mar 2018

This impacts our West of England services as the line is closed from Monday to Thursday and we need to divert your trains through Swindon.  This will add between 20 to 50 minutes to journeys and will mean some trains are retimed.  

We are asking everyone to double check their journey before they set out.

This is a major piece of work by Network Rail which will mean we will be able to run our new Intercity Express trains on electric power as far as Newbury on their journeys to the South West.  This will enable us to operate a new faster timetable from January 2019.

The work will take over 1200 hours to complete, and there will be several weekday line closures between March and November, including a three-week closure in July.

Dates are on our dedicated webpage www.gwr.com/travel-updates/planned-engineering/newbury2018 

Mark Hopwood | Managing Director | Great Western Railway


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