Reduced service during strikes

GWR has confirmed that there will be a heavily reduced service during the rail strike on Wednesday 27 and Saturday 30 July. On both strike days “an extremely limited service will operate between 0700 and 1830, and last trains will leave much earlier.” On non-strike days, no services will run before 0700. Due to the timing of the strike action, services either side of the strike days will also be affected. Up to and including Sunday 31 July. 

GWR services in Somerset operate from Taunton, Bridgwater, Highbridge, Frome, Castle Cary, Bruton and Yeovil.

Please note that no rail services will operate on Wednesday 27 July on the following routes: 

  • All lines in Cornwall, including all branch lines
  • Beyond (west of) Exeter towards Plymouth / Cornwall (due to no contingency signallers)
  • All branch lines in Devon (Barnstaple, Exmouth, Paignton, Okehampton) 
  • South Wales main line (Carmarthen/Swansea-Cardiff Central) 
  • Berks & Hants line (Reading-Taunton via Castle Cary) 
  • Wessex main line (Bath Spa-Portsmouth Harbour) 
  • Heart of Wessex line (Westbury-Weymouth) 
  • TransWilts line (Swindon-Westbury via Melksham) 
  • Severn Beach line (Bristol Temple Meads-Severn Beach) 
  • North Cotswolds line (Hereford/Worcester-Oxford) 
  • South Cotswolds line (Cheltenham Spa-Swindon) 
  • Worcester/-Gloucester-Bristol 
  • Greenford branch line 
  • North Downs line (Reading-Gatwick Airport) 

There will be a reduced service on the Taunton to Bristol via Bridgwater) line.

Train drivers set to strike on Saturday 30 July. GWR expects to operate even fewer services on this the second of the two strike days. Somerset services will be most hard hit on Saturday. GWR tells us that an extremely limited service will only operate on the routes below. Services will also start later and finish much earlier than normal.

  • Bristol Temple Meads-London Paddington
  • Bristol Temple Meads-Cardiff Central
  • Reading to Oxford
  • Reading to Basingstoke

No other GWR services will run.

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