Christmas Travel Update - Amended Timetable

As a result of a significant number of positive cases of COVID 19 at GWR depots in the South West, Great Western Railway will be running an amended timetable for services between 21-27 December.

GWR is expecting to have to cancel or change some services during the festive travel window. Using a revised timetable will give customers greater clarity about which services will be operating in advance.

You can check the latest position here.

General Christmas service information

On Christmas Eve, late afternoon and evening services will be amended as we prepare for the two-day shutdown which applies across most of the UK national rail network.

There will be no Great Western Railway train services on either Friday 25 or Saturday 26 December.

However, there will be Heathrow Express trains running between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport on Boxing Day.

Trains on New Year’s Eve and on New Year’s Day will be significantly amended to cater for anticipated demand.

Rail improvement work will be taking place in the Bristol area as well as near Gatwick Airport and between Par and Newquay.

Travel with confidence, find out more about our safety guidance.

  • Bristol area
  • Gatwick Airport
  • Atlantic Coast line
  • Night Riviera Sleeper
Please note there is also rail improvement work affecting South Western Railway services between London Waterloo and Clapham Junction as well as Basingstoke and Salisbury.

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