GWR getting back on track
So let us start with the good news. GWR services should be running 99% to timetable by Monday. GWR say they are beginning to reintroduce trains with a more regular service for passengers. This includes London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads: Half-hourly and London Paddington to Plymouth/Penzance: Hourly to Plymouth with services extended to Penzance every two hours. The latter being the service through Taunton and Castle Cary.
Local stopping services will continue to operate as planned. This includes the service between Taunton and Bristol via Bridgwater and Highbridge.
Additional long-distance train services will be provided at weekends. This is to accommodate summer increases in visitors to Devon and Cornwall. There will be other changes too. To get things back on track, GWR will operate with its own rolling stock alongside additional trains brought in from other areas of the UK rail network. The reduction in Class 800 Hitachi trains, means some very early morning and late evening services will not operate. Additionally Intercity Express Train services between London Paddington and Newbury will be replaced.
Working with Hitachi Rail, the rail regulator will continue to carry out rigorous oversight. Trains on some routes may be less frequent than usual and train availability could vary.
Advice for this weekend is that passengers should continue to check before they travel. Even into next week when the timetable should be more reliable, GWR advise – check before you travel.