Additional trains for Bath Christmas Market

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Great Western Railway is to run 24 additional trains to and from Bath Spa this coming weekend, which will provide almost 10,000 extra seats to support travel to the Christmas market.

Additional services are to be provided between Bath and Swindon and Westbury; and between Bath and Bristol, but passengers are being warned that services will be in demand during peak arrival and departure times, and engineering work will affect journeys from further afield.

A queuing system will be in use at the station to allow passengers to board services safely, and shoppers should allow plenty of time to board services home.

Bath Spa Station Manager Todd Graham said:

“Once again we will welcome a significant number of people to our city and the ever-popular Christmas market.

“Our friendly and approachable staff will be on hand to help keep people moving. I would however urge customers to allow time for their journeys, as the station is likely to be very busy, and with engineering works taking place elsewhere on the network for those travelling from further afield to check their journeys in advance.” 

A large number of services will also have extended dwell times at key locations and there will be slight alterations to normal timetabled services as a result.

London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads services will be diverted between Reading and Bath Spa, with bus replacement services operating between Reading and Didcot Parkway/Swindon, as Network Rail renew track between Didcot and Swindon in preparation for our new Electrostar trains at Didcot Parkway station.

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Notes to editors

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