SWR timetable changes due to rolling stock issues

SWR, the train company that operates the Exeter to Waterloo line through Somerset, is changing its timetable.

The changes are the result of problems with the diesel units that run the service on the Exeter to Waterloo line. SWR tell us that on Wednesday a number of trains from depots in Salisbury and Exeter reported performance problems. On Thursday (20 April), it was discovered that the problem was linked to the trains’ fuel. As a result those trains were unable to reach their normal top speeds.

The issue is now under investigation. The affected trains have been taken out of service for inspection and maintenance. As a result, there are fewer trains available to provide the usual number of services.

Inevitably SWR has had to introduce a temporary timetable between Basingstoke, Salisbury and Exeter St Davids, until further notice. Customers are strongly advised to check their scheduled train before travelling.

This will mean changes to service for trains from Crewkerne, Yeovil Junction, Templecombe, Yoevil Penn Mill, Castle Cary, Bruton and Frome.

As from today, Friday 21 April the service will operate:

  • One train per hour will operate between Basingstoke and Salisbury
  • One train every two hours will operate between Salisbury and Exeter St Davids
  • Services to Westbury and Yeovil Pen Mill will not run

SWR are not, at the moment, able to say when normal services will resume.

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