Newbury is going electric

2019 promises to be a very exciting 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 an upgrade programme between Reading and Newbury on various weekdays throughout 2018.

On these days buses will replace trains from stations between Pewsey and Theale.

High-speed services from London to the West of England will continue to run, by using a different route. Some of these trains will depart from London Paddington and Reading at different times as journeys will be extended by up to 30 minutes.

At present the following periods of work are confirmed:

  • Monday 12 March until Thursday 15 March
  • Monday 23 April until Thursday 26 April
  • Monday 4 June until Thursday 7 June

More dates to come

Further work in 2018 will be confirmed nearer the time. Keep checking here for details.

Bus How will my journey be affected?


Route  Options 
Newbury to Reading
  • replacement buses and coaches
  • travel from Didcot Parkway 
  • travel from Grateley, via Basingstoke
Newbury to London Paddington 
  • replacement buses and coaches to Reading - change for connecting trains
  • travel from Didcot Parkway
  • travel from Grateley via Basingstoke and Reading
Newbury to Bedwyn Replacement buses and coaches
Pewsey to Reading/London Paddington
Replacement coaches to Swindon for connecting trains
Theale to Reading and London Paddington
Trains continue to run

Swindon to Westbury (The TransWilts Line)


As diverted high-speed 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.

Swindon to Westbury direction


Train    Options 
08:49 Swindon to Westbury  Runs earlier at 08:28 arriving earlier into Westbury at 09:14 
10:47 Swindon to Westbury  Will not run. A replacement bus will run between Chippenham and Westbury instead
12:47  Swindon to Frome  Will not run. A replacement bus will run between Chippenham and Westbury instead 
13:29  Swindon to Westbury
Will not run. A replacement bus will run between Chippenham and Westbury instead 
15:18  Swindon to Westbury  Will not run. A replacement bus will run between Chippenham and Westbury instead 
17:36  Swindon to Westbury
Runs as normal 
17:41  Cheltenham Spa to Southampton Central  Runs as normal 
20:06  Swindon to Westbury  Will not run. A replacement bus will run between Chippenham and Westbury instead 

Westbury to Swindon direction


Train    Options 
07:04  Westbury to Cheltenham Spa  Runs earlier at 06:44, arriving earlier into Swindon at 07:31. Departs Swindon at its usual time of 07:51 towards Cheltenham Spa 
07:33  Westbury to Swindon  Runs earlier at 07:21, arriving earlier into Swindon at 08:05 
09:48  Westbury to Swindon  Will not run. A replacement bus will run between Westbury and Chippenham instead 
11:47  Westbury to Swindon  Will not run. A replacement bus will run between Westbury and Chippenham instead  
12:20  Westbury to Swindon
Will not run. A replacement bus will run between Westbury and Chippenham instead  
14:04  Frome to Swindon  Will not run. A replacement bus will run between Westbury and Chippenham instead  
16:21  Westbury to Swindon
Will not run. A replacement bus will run between Westbury and Chippenham instead  
18:32  Westbury to Swindon  Will not run. A replacement bus will run between Westbury and Chippenham instead  
19:32  Westbury to Cheltenham Spa  Runs as normal 

Fares and ticketing information

We’re working on a range of options to help you get to where you need to be with the minimum of fuss. We’ll publish more details soon.

Season ticket holders

If you plan to make different arrangements for when the work is taking place, such as working from home, or taking leave, you can buy season tickets for odd periods. For example, from Tuesday 2 January to Friday 9 March.

This means you get maximum value from your ticket.

Assisted travel icon Assisted travel

It’s best to let us know in advance if you need help. For more information, visit GWR.com/AssistedTravel.