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 this year between Monday 12 March and Thursday 22 November.

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 than normal - and journeys may be up 30 minutes longer
  • train times may be subject to change at short notice – once Network Rail confirm their plans

    • Monday 12 to Thursday 15 March
    • Monday 23 to Thursday 26 April
    • Monday 14 to Thursday 17 May
    • Monday 4 to Thursday 7 June
    • Monday 9 to Thursday 12 July
    • Monday 16 July to Sunday 5 August
    • Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 August
    • Monday 8 to Thursday 11 October
    • Monday 19 to Thursday 22 November

    These dates are subject to change. You should always check journey times before you travel. To keep up to date bookmark this page.

How will my journey be affected

Newbury 2018 engineering works network map

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.

Check our online journey planner for more details, or download the PDF.

Useful to know

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