Newbury is going electric

Next year promises to be a very important one for train travel, as we deliver greater capacity and improved reliability across our network.

Brand new Intercity Express Trains, plus the electrification of the route between Reading and Newbury, mean journeys will be quicker and seating capacity will be increased.

To make this happen, Network Rail will be undertaking upgrade work on various weekdays and weekends this year.

During this time, we’ll need to make some changes to the way you travel with us:

What you need to know:

  • buses will replace trains from stations between Pewsey and Theale
  • long-distance services from London to the West of England will continue to run by using a different route; some will leave from London Paddington, and Reading, at different times to normal - and journeys may be up to 30 minutes longer
  • train times may be subject to change at short notice – we recommend you check carefully before travelling
  • early morning connections to Didcot have been retimed to depart earlier. It’s now 04:35 from Bedwyn, 04:50 from Hungerford and 05:05 from Kintbury. Change at Newbury for the 05:30 to Didcot Parkway

    • July
    • Monday 9 to Thursday 12 July
    • Monday 16 July to Sunday 5 August

    • August
    • Monday 16 July to Sunday 5 August
    • Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 August

    • October
    • Monday 8 to Thursday 11 October

    • November
    • Monday 19 to Thursday 22 November

    These dates are subject to change. To keep up to date bookmark this page.

To keep daytime work to a minimum, Network Rail will sometimes work during the night, especially at weekends. If you travel before 11:00 on Sundays or after 21:00 on Saturdays or Sundays, we strongly recommend checking your journey before you travel.

How will my journey be affected?

Newbury works

Swindon to Westbury (The TransWilts Line)

As diverted long-distance trains will use this route, stopping services between Swindon and Westbury, via Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge, will be changed whenever the work at Newbury is taking place.


Buses will replace off-peak trains between Chippenham and Westbury.

Trains that still run may depart earlier than normal.


Trains will continue to run but may depart at different times. 

Check our online journey planner for more details.


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