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Updated December 2021
No GWR trains will be running on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.
Trains between London and South Wales will be diverted between Swindon and Newport – extending normal journey times by around 25 minutes.
Trains will run between Gloucester and Worcester or Great Malvern.
Trains will also run between Bristol Temple Meads and Westbury or Weymouth.
Trains between Cardiff Central and Taunton will run to an amended timetable.
An hourly service will run between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach.
CrossCountry services will be diverted between Cheltenham Spa and Bristol Temple Meads – extending journey times by around 40 minutes
Saturday 1 January 2022
Arrival and departure times will usually be timed to connect with train services, ensuring journey times are kept to a minimum.
Please visit our dedicated web page for all the information you need for travelling on replacement buses including:
A valid rail ticket will also be accepted for travel on the following buses during this period:
Bristol - Chipping Sodbury via M32, Coalpit Heath
Bristol - Yate via Fishponds, Downend, Coalpit Heath
Bristol - Yate via Hambrook, Winterbourne, Iron Acton, Brimsham Park
Bristol - Yate via Frenchay, Hambrook, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Coalpit Heat
Bristol Temple Meads – UWE Frenchay campus via city centre, Filton Avenue
City Centre - Frenchay via Montpelier, Gloucester Road, Filton Avenue
Bristol Temple Meads - Cribbs Causeway via city centre, Gloucester Road, Filton Avenue, Bristol Parkway, Bradley Stoke, Patchway
Hengrove - Cribbs Causeway via Hengrove Park, Hartcliffe, Withywood, Bedminster, city centre, Gloucester Road, Filton, Patchway
To accommodate the replacement bus operation, at Bristol Parkway the car park at the front of the station will need to be closed during this period.
The last Night Riviera services before Christmas will run on the night of Thursday 23 December, arriving on the morning of Friday 24 December.
The first sleeper service to run after Christmas will run on the night of Monday 3 January, arriving on the morning of Tuesday 4 January.
As a result, the First Class passenger lounges at London Paddington, Penzance and Truro will be closed from Christmas Eve to Sunday 2 January.
*please allow additional time as an accessible taxi may not be available immediately.
Booking in advance is the best way to ensure a smooth journey.
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Trains will still operate between Bristol Temple Meads and South Wales, the South Coast or the South West as well as the Midlands, North of England, or Scotland.
However, there may be minor alterations to services, so we recommend checking carefully before travelling, as you may need to travel earlier than normal.
Everything you need to know when buses replace trains on our network.