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

Wednesday 19th April 2017

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.

Trains between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads/Taunton; and between Portsmouth Harbour and Cardiff will continue to call at Bath Spa (calling additionally at Oldfield Park and Keynsham), however journeys may be extended by up to 25 minutes as they pass through the affected area. Other London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads services are continuing to be diverted through Bristol Parkway.

Services between Great Malvern/Gloucester and Weymouth will operate between Bristol Temple Meads and Gloucester/Great Malvern and between Westbury and Weymouth.

Buses will replace trains for all other intermediate stations, including Freshford, Avoncliff and Bradford Upon Avon.

From 2100 all lines through Bath Spa will be closed and buses will replace timetable trains.

Last train times:

  • Last trains from Swindon to Bath: 2030
  • Last train from Chippenham to Bath: 2044
  • Last train from Bristol Temple Meads to Bath: 2030

Network Rail engineers will work throughout the night to repair the points, enabling more trains to be able to operate, although some limited disruption is expected to continue.

Ticket acceptance for GWR ticket holders has also been agreed with a number of local bus providers. For a full list please visit: https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/live-network-updates

Bath Spa station is currently undergoing modernisation work to make way for the arrival of a fleet of new, longer Intercity Express Trains which will enter service later this year; and only one platform is available to use during the periods of works.

The works, due to complete on Sunday 23 April, are currently on target to finish on time.

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