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Emergency engineering work at Bath Spa successfully completed

Following emergency engineering work between 1215 and 1330 services through Bath Spa are returning to normal. An all line block was taken by Network Rail at 1215 to repair damaged points near Oldfield Park, which was causing further disruption to an already reduced service during modernisation work to the station.

Late night trains to be replaced by buses Bath Spa disruption to continue for the rest of the day

Passengers are warned to expect disruption to continue throughout the rest of today and for late evening services to finish early, to allow for emergency engineering works outside of Bath Spa. Due to an overnight points failure near Oldfield Park, fewer trains are able to run through Bath Spa today, impacting an already reduced service.

Attention London Marathon runners - Disruption to rail services between Reading and London Paddington Sunday 23 April

Passengers travelling on services between Reading and London Paddington on the morning of the London Marathon, Sunday 23 April, should check before they travel and plan their journeys to start after 0900 where possible. Network Rail will undertake vital electrification work between Reading and Hayes & Harlington. Great Western Railway will operate bus replacement services between Reading and London Paddington until 0900. Where possible customers are advised to travel after 0900 or check before they travel and use the alternative routes provided. Passengers with tickets for Sunday morning will be able to travel on any service Sunday afternoon/evening.

Great Western Railway to launch smartcard

Great Western Railway (GWR) is to launch a smartcard for the Severn Beach Line, as part of a pilot which could see combined rail and bus travel in a single ticket offered across Bristol. Allowing people to add weekly, monthly and annual season rail tickets to an electronic card to begin with, the pilot project is being run in partnership with Bristol City Council and if successful could form part of a wider, integrated scheme, including MetroWest, and local bus services.

GWR proves Brunel’s sunshine theory Is there light at the end of Brunel’s Box Tunnel?

On Sunday 9 April, a date that marked Brunel’s 211th birthday, a team of Great Western Railway (GWR) engineers took to the track to test one of the most enduring theories surrounding Brunel’s iconic Box tunnel just outside of Bath.

Work starts on new £20 million multi-storey car park for Didcot Parkway

£20 million work has begun today to build a new 1,800 capacity multi-storey car park at Didcot Parkway railway station. The scheme, which is part funded by the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, will see the number of car parking spaces at the station increase by over 65% to 1,800.

Getting to Glastonbury GWR Advance Purchase Tickets now on sale for Glastonbury 2017

Getting to Glastonbury: Discounted tickets are now available to buy for customers travelling to this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Great Western Railway, who run trains across the South West, will operate an additional 17 trains providing over 9,000 extra seats to take customers to the festival.

New bike hire scheme launches at Moreton-in-Marsh Station

On Friday 31 March a new bicycle hire scheme was launched at GWR’s Moreton-in-Marsh Station. Based on the idea of being as easy to use and as flexible as possible, Bainton Bikes is offering a bike hire scheme that has no docking stations and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Families save up to 50% off rail fares this April

Great Western Railway is offering families up to 50% off rail fares this Easter, helping those with children take advantage of the train.

£15m Easter modernisation work to bring major improvements for rail passengers in Bath

A major programme of work to modernise the Great Western Mainline this Easter will see platforms at Bath Spa station widened in preparation for longer trains providing over a fifth more seats.

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