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Christmas Rail Travel

Disruption of services


Westbury Station will be closed from Sunday 23 December to Thursday 3 January for major work on the tracks at this important junction, extending the existing platforms and bringing the disused Platform 1 back into use. This will allow for longer and more frequent trains.

     Please note: No trains will be able to call at Westbury during this period; Trains to or from London or Reading will call at Frome instead; Trains from Bristol Temple Meads will terminate at Trowbridge; Trains from Southampton Central will terminate at Warminster; Most trains from Weymouth will terminate at Frome, but some direct peak-time services will run between Bristol and Weymouth. There will be a replacement bus service between Frome and Trowbridge every 50 minutes.

Paddington Station will be closed from Sunday 23 to Wednesday 26 December, and again on Sunday 30 December, passengers from the Westcountry changing at Reading on the Sundays and the Monday to the regular South Western Railway trains to Waterloo (stopping at every station). These closures are to allow the renewal of a junction near Slough, and upgrades to stations along the route there in preparation for the opening of the Elizabeth Line, a key part of the Crossrail project. (What is Crossrail? See the entry on our Useful Links page.)

For further information from GWR see the full message just received from the Manag-ing Director on 14 December:

https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/planned-engineering/christmas  - there is a journey plan- ning tool on the link that allows you to check individual journeys.


South Western Railway trains will not run to or from Bruton  while Westbury Station is closed - Sunday 23 December to Thursday 3 January.

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