Almost 30,000 train seats for Bath Half Marathon

Thursday 12th March 2020

Great Western Railway will provide almost 30,000 train seats to get runners and supporters to and from Bath this coming Sunday 15 March for the Bath Half Marathon.

Between 07:30 and 16:30 GWR will operate over 65 trains to and from Bath Spa, providing over 28,000 seats, but customers are being warned that local stopping services immediately before and after the event will be busy.

A queuing system will be in place outside of the station for those returning home after the event, allowing customers to board the best train for their journey.

As many as 10 additional trains are also be laid on, despite the weekend’s poor weather forecast.

First services of the day depart at the following times:
  • Swindon to Bath Spa at 09:06, arriving at 09:31
  • Westbury to Bath: 08:48, arriving at 09:17
  • Bristol Temple Meads to Bath Spa: 07:30, arriving at 07:44
  • Cardiff Central to Bath Spa: 08:10, arriving at 09:32
Bath Spa Station Manager Victoria Franks said:

“The Bath Half is proving ever popular, with nearly 15,000 competitors due to set off from Great Pulteney Street this Sunday.

“While our friendly staff will be on hand to help keep people moving as they return to the station, I urge customers to allow time for their journeys, and warn them that a queuing system will be in place to allow passengers to board trains safely.”

The race starts at Great Pulteney Street, in the heart of the World Heritage City, at 11:00 and loops around the city.

Notes to editors
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