Christmas travel

It’s best to travel by Monday 23 December.

From Sunday 15 December 2019, the times of our trains will change. We’ll run more services on key routes and many journeys will be faster.

Find out more here.

To support these improvements, Network Rail will be working on several projects this Christmas. So, we need to make some changes to the way you travel with us.

What’s happening?

London to Slough/Reading

Tuesday 24 to Friday 27 December

  • track and overhead wiring work in the Southall area
  • trains won’t run between London Paddington and Slough/Reading
  • no GWR services will run on Wednesday 25 or Thursday 26 December

Saturday 28 to Tuesday 31 December

  • further track work between London Paddington and Reading
  • reduced service running between London Paddington and Slough/Reading

London Christmas map 2019

South Wales

Friday 27 December to Wednesday 1 January

  • track work in the Newport area
  • overhead wiring work at Cardiff Central
  • coaches will be used between Bristol Parkway and Cardiff Central or Bridgend


Friday 27 to Tuesday 31 December

  • bridge work at Guildford
  • coaches will be used between North Camp, Guildford, Redhill and Gatwick Airport


Friday 27 December

  • bridge work in the Salisbury area
  • coaches will be used between Southampton Central and Warminster

GWR Route map Christmas 2019

Travel advice

The programme of upgrade work starts on Tuesday 24 December and normal train services will resume on Thursday 2 January.

For a more detailed breakdown of the impact on train services for each day click on the links below:

Further information

We would strongly advise that you check your journey before you travel.

Check your journey