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Train disruption: London - SW England / S Wales Spring 2013

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Train disruption: London - SW England / S Wales Spring 2013

Due to major engineering work taking place at Reading over the Easter Weekend (29th March - 1st April 2013) and the following Sunday (7th April), there will be major changes to First Great Western train services between London and South West England, and London and South Wales, on these dates. Cross-Country services from the North & Midlands to Southampton and Bournemouth will also be affected.

All lines through Reading will be closed, except the South West Trains service to/from London Waterloo and the service to Guildford, Redhill and Gatwick Airport. Replacement buses will be in operation for local journeys in the Reading area.

Trains between London Paddington, Bath Spa and Bristol; and between London Paddington, Newport, Cardiff and Swansea will be reduced in frequency, and diverted via an alternative route with considerably longer journey times. These trains will also serve Oxford.

Trains between London Paddington and Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth and other destinations in Devon and Cornwall will be rescheduled, and most trains will be diverted to run to/from London Waterloo.

Trains between London Paddington and Oxford will not run; Oxford will be served by the diverted trains to Bristol and South Wales, with extended journey times between London and Oxford.

Cross-Country services on the route from the North of England and the Midlands to Southampton and Bournemouth will be reduced south of Birmingham, and will terminate at Didcot Parkway. Replacement coaches will operate between Didcot Parkway and Basingstoke; between Basingtoke and Winchester, Southampton, Brockehurst and Bournemouth passengers can use South West Trains services.

First Great Western will also operate reduced services between Tuesday 2nd April and Saturday 6th April, due to platform and line closures through Reading Station.

For full details check nearer the time at www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk

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1. Re: Train disruption: London - SW England / S Wales Spring 2013

How is this work looking? We travel 17/4 returning 26/4 from Cardiff to Gatwick airport. We normally drive but thought this time we will take the train and then we read about this work and was wondering if it likely to overrun.

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2. Re: Train disruption: London - SW England / S Wales Spring 2013

Over runs are always possible but certainly not 10 days, and the route you are travelling only means there will be a reduced service if it did over run not cancellations or bus replacemnets or the like.

So basically is the worst that could happen but very unlikely is your journey could be extended as the train is diverted around reading.

I dont think you need to be concerned at all, in my opinion.

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3. Re: Train disruption: London - SW England / S Wales Spring 2013

>>> I dont think you need to be concerned at all, in my opinion. <<<

I agree. Network Rail have put in massive time, effort and resources to ensure the Reading Blockade goes as planned, and fully intend to have services fully restored on 8th April, never mind the 17th.

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