Upgrading the railway in the Taunton area

Looking for information on the station upgrades to Taunton? Visit our dedicated web page here.

In December, we will be launching a new timetable, featuring a range of benefits for our customers in the South West. More trains with additional capacity will run between London Paddington and the South West, improving connections as well as providing a faster average journey time.

We will also introduce more capacity on local trains between Taunton, Bristol and Cardiff, helping you to enjoy your journey in a more comfortable environment.

Before we deliver these improvements, Network Rail is upgrading the railway between Tiverton Parkway, Taunton and Castle Cary/Weston-super-Mare. This will help to make the railway more resilient and reliable, reducing the possibility of delays to your journey.

Between Saturday 9 and Thursday 14 November:

  • the line between Tiverton Parkway and Castle Cary/Weston-super-Mare will be closed to trains
  • trains will continue to run between London Paddington and the South West, using an alternative route
  • buses will replace trains on all other affected routes

Cogload Map

Our travel advice

  • plan ahead – bus times will be different to normal train times. Check carefully before you travel
  • allow plenty of time – journeys involving a replacement bus may take longer than normal
  • travelling to or from Cornwall - most journeys will require a change of trains at Plymouth

Popular long-distance journey information:

Travelling between and Journey information
London, Reading, Westbury, Castle Cary Stations in Devon (except Tiverton Parkway)

A direct service will run every two hours between London Paddington and Plymouth, using an alternative route

Journey times will be extended by 60 minutes

Departure times at stations between Pewsey and Castle Cary might be different to normal. Check carefully before travelling.

Stations in Cornwall

There are limited direct services so a change at Plymouth will be required on most journeys

Journey times will be extended by 60 minutes

Taunton and Tiverton Parkway

Hourly trains will run between London Paddington and Castle Cary

Buses replace trains between Castle Cary and Taunton/Tiverton Parkway

Travelling between and Journey information
Bristol, the North Stations in Devon and Cornwall.

CrossCountry trains from the North will terminate at Bristol Temple Meads.

Change at Bristol Parkway for direct buses to Tiverton Parkway.

CrossCountry trains towards Plymouth and Penzance resume from Tiverton Parkway.

Local journey information

Replacement buses

Our replacement buses will provide a great alternative during the upgrades. We will provide coaches with air-conditioning and comfortable seats on all journeys.

Arrival and departure times at interchange stations will usually be timed to connect with train services, ensuring journey times are kept to a minimum.

Replacement buses will run on the following routes:

Tiverton Parkway – Taunton – Castle Cary

Taunton – Bridgwater – Highbridge & Burnham – Weston-super-Mare

Tiverton Parkway – Bristol Parkway (non-stop)

Tiverton Parkway – Taunton – Bristol Temple Meads

Exeter St Davids – Taunton – Weston-super-Mare

Where to catch replacement buses

Our buses usually depart from outside the station entrance.

At Taunton, buses will depart from the south side of the station, adjacent to Platform 2. Access to the buses will only be available by entering the station on the ticket office side and going through the archway on Platform 2.

At Bridgwater, services will depart from the bus stops nearest to the station on St John Street (A372). Buses to Taunton will stop opposite The New Foresters public house whilst buses to Weston-super-Mare will stop near the Bristol & Exeter Inn.

Ticket acceptance on trains and local buses

Customers using any station between Cranbrook and Yeovil Junction may also travel on GWR services to/from London Paddington.

Local bus companies will also accept all valid rail tickets on the following services:

Route Operator Valid between Daytime frequency*
1/ 1A/ 1B Stagecoach South West Tiverton – Uffculme – Cullompton – Exeter Hourly
21 Buses of Somerset Taunton – Bridgwater – Higbridge – Burnham-on-Sea Hourly
22/22A Buses of Somerset Tiverton – Wellington – Taunton 4/5 trips a day from Tiverton. Every 15 minutes from Wellington
30 Buses of Somerset Taunton – Ilminster – Axminster Every 90 minutes
55/55A/55B Stagecoach South West Tiverton – Bickleigh – Stoke Canon – Exeter At least every 30 minutes
667  South West Coaches  Street – Castle Cary – Bruton – Wincanton
6 journeys a day 

For detailed times, please visit firstgroup.com/somerset or stagecoachbus.com.

Help with your journey

It’s best to let us know in advance if you need help. To find out more, visit GWR.com/PassengerAssist.

If you are not able to travel on one of our replacement bus services, we will arrange an accessible taxi for you free of charge.

Step-free reductions

Castle Cary

All trains from Exeter St Davids to London Paddington will arrive/depart from Platform 2. This platform is only accessible by using the footbridge.

If you are unable to access the station, we will provide a taxi to/from the nearest convenient station.

Exeter St Davids

During the time of these upgrades, the lift serving Platform 5/6 will be out of action.

Step-free access is still available by means of a foot crossing but you must be accompanied by a member of our station staff to do this.

Please allow additional time for arriving at/leaving the station.

Improvements to trains in the South West

In December, we will also introduce a new timetable featuring:

  • hourly trains between London and the South West, running non-stop between Reading and Taunton
  • an additional train every two hours between London Paddington and Exeter St Davids, calling at Reading, Newbury, Pewsey, Westbury, Castle Cary and Taunton
  • hourly trains throughout the day between Barnstaple and Exeter
  • half-hourly service between Exeter St Davids and Paignton
  • two trains an hour between Plymouth and Penzance
  • more modern trains, with extra capacity
  • faster average journey times between London and the South West

Click here to find out more.