Journey planners updated as rail strikes continue

Journey planners for Wednesday’s and Thursday’s reduced temporary train timetable have now been updated as rail workers continue with strike action.

On both strike days, today and Saturday an extremely limited service will operate between 7am and 6.30pm, and last trains will leave much earlier.

On non-strike days, no services will run before 7am. Due to the timing of the strike action, services either side of the strike days will also be affected  on Sunday. 

GWR have said they will operate as many trains as possible during the strike action, however, most train services will be affected on the days announced.

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) 


Greenford branch line 

North Downs line (Reading-Gatwick Airport) 

With train drivers set to strike on Saturday 30 July, GWR expects to operate even fewer services on the second of the two strike days.

On Saturday 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.

Customers who have already purchased tickets can claim a full refund or amend their ticket; those who travel and are delayed may be entitled to delay repay compensation if they are delayed by 15 minutes or more. Season ticket holders can apply for compensation through the Delay Repay scheme. 

Where GWR is able to run services, they are expected to be extremely busy. 

 To help customers, GWR is allowing people with tickets for travel on strike days to be able to travel up to Tuesday, August 2.  

The RMT has also announced further strike dates on Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 August. 


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