Upgrading the railway in the Cotswolds

What’s happening

Over the coming months we’ll be bringing more of our new Intercity Express Trains into service, providing more seats and quicker journeys to and from the Cotswolds.

In preparation for this, Network Rail need to make the platforms longer at Charlbury, Evesham, Hanborough, Honeybourne, Kingham and Moreton-in-Marsh stations and Pershore stations. This will allow more train doors to be opened and make journeys easier.

While this work is carried out, train services between Moreton-in-Marsh and Worcester Shrub Hill will be amended between Saturday 17 and Sunday 25 November inclusive.

How your journey will be affected

  • Oxford to London Paddington – trains continue to run, but at slightly different times to normal
  • Moreton-in-Marsh to Oxford and London Paddington – trains continue to run, but at slightly different times to normal
  • Worcester Shrub Hill to Moreton-in-Marsh – coaches replace trains
  • Hereford/Great Malvern to London Paddington – limited number of direct trains at peak times. At other times, travel via Newport or Gloucester
  • Hereford to Great Malvern/Worcester Shrub Hill – trains continue to run

Replacement coaches

One coach an hour between Worcester Shrub Hill and Moreton-in-Marsh. Some will not call at Pershore or Honeybourne, and some will be extended to Worcester Foregate Street. Check your journey before you travel.

Ticket validity


  • from Hereford and Ledbury will be accepted on other operator services to Newport, and Great Western Railway services to London Paddington
  • from Great Malvern and Worcester will be valid on Great Western Railway services to Gloucester, and then to London Paddington
  • from Evesham, Pershore and Moreton-in-Marsh will be accepted on the X50/551/550 coaches to Worcester

Travelling with a bike

We can only carry folding bikes on replacement coaches.

Car parking changes

There will be a reduction in the number of car parking spaces at Evesham and Moreton-in-Marsh stations.

Warning notices will be posted at both stations to advise customers of any parking restrictions. Please note that that vehicles left in a restricted area may be moved.

Plan your journey

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Departure information

Travelling at Christmas?

Your journey may be affected by rail upgrade work.

Find out more at GWR.com/Christmas