Electrification

We're already running new electric-powered trains, and Network Rail is upgrading the route between Cardiff Central and Bristol Parkway, so we can provide faster journey times.

As a result, we sometimes need to run an amended timetable, or replace trains with coaches.

Here are some key dates to be aware of, but we recommend checking journeys before you travel, especially at weekends.

Connecting coaches will replace trains between Newport and Bridgend on the following dates:

  • Sunday 9 June
  • Sunday 16 June
  • Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September
  • Sunday 22 September (until 14:00)
  • Sunday 29 September (until 14:00)
  • Sunday 13 October (until 14:00)
  • Sunday 20 October (until 14:00)

Trains will run between London Paddington and Newport then restart from Bridgend.

Trains will also run between Portsmouth Harbour and Newport as well as between Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads.

Connecting coaches will replace trains between Bristol Parkway and Cardiff Central on the following dates:

  • Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July
  • Sunday 25 August (until 14:00)
  • Sunday 8 September (until 14:00)

Trains will run between London Paddington and Bristol Parkway, then restart from Cardiff Central.

Trains will also run between Portsmouth Harbour and Bristol Parkway as well as between Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads.

Looking ahead

Coaches will replace train services via Bristol Parkway due to engineering work on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October as well as on Sunday 3 November.

Work is also due to take place in the Newport area over the Christmas period affecting services to/from South Wales from 25 December 2019 to 1 January 2020.

Check your journey

Modernising GWR

More than £7.5 billion is being spent on electrifying routes, new trains, station improvements, and track upgrades.