About Rail Links





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About rail links with the rest of the country


A page to help newcomers to the area and visitors to find out how to get around



From Bruton: Great Western trains go to Westbury, Bath and Bristol or, in the other direction, to Castle Cary, Yeovil, Dorchester and Weymouth, and of course intermediate stations (about two-hourly on weekdays and Saturdays, five each way on Sundays). Changing at Westbury you can get to London Paddington (see below). South Western trains go to Salisbury and London Waterloo, still a very modest service with at present just two afternoon or evening trains on weekdays only down from Waterloo and two direct trains up to Waterloo, and also an evening train that goes to Salisbury with a connection to Waterloo. For train times at Bruton click here; to see each company’s timetable click on its name above - scrolling down for B1 on the GWR list or Table 20 on SWR’s.

To London and to the Westcountry: Our GWR main line station is Castle Cary, 10–15 minutes by car from Bruton, or half an hour by bus - click here for the times.  For train times from there for London Paddington (or Taunton, Exeter and Plymouth) click here.  To see GWR’s own timetable click here and scroll down for T7. (Less conveniently, you can go to London direct from Bruton by changing at Westbury, sometimes with rather a long wait.) Another train service, by South West Trains, to London Waterloo (or Axminster, Honiton and Exeter) is from Gillingham station, about 11 miles from Bruton, with more frequent and much cheaper trains; see our page ‘Trains at Gillingham’ above or click to see their timetable Table 20. (There is also a very good and cheap coach service to London from Wincanton, 6 miles away; click here.)

To South Wales and the South Coast: From Bruton or Castle Cary, change at Westbury; trains go north from there to Bristol, Newport and Cardiff, or south to Salisbury, Southampton and Portsmouth; for timetables click here and scroll down for B1. If you want to go to Poole or Bournemouth take a Weymouth train from Bruton and change at Weymouth. For the timetable for that line click here and find Table 28 near the end of the list. (It is a little cheaper to make the change by getting off at Dorchester West and walking for ten minutes to Dorchester South station; the route is signposted. Just remember, when coming back you have to cross the bridge at Dorchester West.) There is also a Southern Railway service from Southampton to Portsmouth, Chichester and Brighton; for their timetable click here and scroll down for No 13.

To the Midlands, North and Scotland and to West Wales and the Welsh Marches: Change at Bristol Temple Meads for CrossCountry trains, or at Newport or Cardiff for Arriva trains to West Wales and the Welsh Marches and Shrewsbury. Click on each company’s name above to see its timetables.

To Airports: Heathrow: Train from Bruton (changing at Westbury) or Castle Cary to Reading, then on by airport bus; or train from Bruton or Gillingham to Woking, then on by airport bus. Gatwick: train from Gillingham, changing at Clapham Junction (or at Woking with one more change). Bristol: Train from Bruton to Bristol Temple Meads station, then on by airport bus. Exeter: Train from Castle Cary to Exeter St Davids station, or from Gillingham to Exeter Central station and then from either station Stagecoach no 56 bus to the airport.  

For a Map of railway lines throughout the region, and links to other parts see the Map page.  

National Rail Enquiries: with a few clicks their very clear web site can give you train times for journeys between any stations in England, Wales and Scotland.

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