Network Rail normally update timetables 12 weeks in advance.
However, because of the large number of engineering projects across the country, as well as the introduction of many new trains and services, they have been unable to do this recently.
So from May, for approximately 6 months, they will only update timetables 6 weeks in advance - and in some cases later than that. You should check your plans the week before you travel. Read more about how this affects all train companies.
Most customers won’t be affected; particularly on travel Mondays to Fridays before approximately 22:00.
You can still book in advance, and most tickets will be on sale as normal. Although Advance Purchase fares may not be available until Network Rail has confirmed the timetable.
If you book your tickets through GWR, and there is a change to your journey, we will advise you to check your plans again.
If you buy a ticket for a service that is significantly changed, or won’t run at all, you can travel on an alternative service, or apply for a refund. To find out more, visit our refunds and compensation section.
We advise you to book your tickets as normal. Advance Single fares for many routes will still go on sale 12 weeks in advance, but where they don’t, they will be available as soon as the timetable is confirmed.
If Advance Single fares aren’t available, you can still buy Anytime, Off‐Peak and Super Off‐Peak tickets. If you buy one of these and later find a cheaper Advance Single fare on sale for the same journey, you can book this and ask for a refund on the original ticket – there will be no admin fee.
Network Rail will be working to electrify the route between Swindon and Bristol Parkway affecting all services via Bristol Parkway as well as laying extra tracks between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway.
Trains will operate to an amended timetable and buses will replace trains between stations affected.
Further work towards the electrification of the Paddington to South Wales route. Long distance trains to South Wales will be diverted via Gloucester and replacement coaches will run between Bristol Parkway and Newport.
Strengthening a tunnel between Taunton and Tiverton Parkway. Long distance services between London Paddington and the South West will be diverted via Yeovil. Replacement coaches will run between Taunton and Tiverton Parkway.