Rail Strike Continues

Trade unions have announced industrial action, including strike action and action short of strike that will affect rail services until the 8th of January. For the majority of the period, a reduced, revised timetable will operate across several train operators, including GWR.

Only an extremely reduced service will operate on a limited number of routes. Some parts of the GWR network will have no service at all. Services will start later and all journeys must be completed by 18:30. The day after the strikes (Sunday 8th January) will also be affected – with trains starting later and there could be short-notice cancellations and alterations.

Where services are running, customers should only travel by train if absolutely necessary, and it is highly recommended that a seat reservation is made. Where services are able to run, they are expected to be extremely busy and they are not able to provide bus replacement services.

Passenger Information

Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 January 2023

An extremely limited service will operate. Services will start at 07:30 and all journeys must be completed before 18:30.

A very limited service will run only on the following routes:

  • London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads, extended to Plymouth every other hour
  • London Paddington and Bristol Parkway
  • London Paddington and Cardiff
  • London Paddington and Oxford
  • Cardiff and Westbury (via Bristol Parkway)
  • Bristol Temple Meads and Plymouth
  • Reading and Didcot Parkway
  • Slough and Windsor
  • Maidenhead and Marlow
  • Twyford and Henley
  • Reading and Basingstoke

Avoid travelling and seek alternative ways to make your journey. If you are intending to travel on these routes, please only do so if absolutely necessary. Trains that are operating will be extremely busy.

The Night Riviera sleeper service will not operate.

Thursday 5 January 2023

An extremely limited service will operate. Services will start at 07:30 and all journeys must be completed before 18:30.

A very limited service will run only on the following routes:

  • London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads
  • Reading and Basingstoke
  • Reading and Oxford

The Night Riviera sleeper service will not operate.

Friday 6 January 2023

An extremely limited service will operate. Services will start at 07:30 and all journeys must be completed before 18:30.

A very limited service will run only on the following routes:

  • London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads, extended to Plymouth every other hour
  • London Paddington and Bristol Parkway
  • London Paddington and Cardiff (will not operate on Saturday)
  • London Paddington and Oxford
  • Cardiff to Westbury (will not operate on Saturday)
  • Bristol Parkway to Westbury (Saturday only)
  • Bristol Temple Meads and Plymouth
  • Reading and Didcot Parkway
  • Slough and Windsor
  • Maidenhead and Marlow
  • Twyford and Henley
  • Reading and Basingstoke

Avoid travelling and seek alternative ways to make your journey. If you are intending to travel on these routes, please only do so if absolutely necessary. Trains that are operating will be extremely busy.

The Night Riviera sleeper service will not operate.

Saturday 7 January 2023

An extremely limited service will operate. Services will start at 07:30 and all journeys must be completed before 18:30.

A very limited service will run only on the following routes between:

  • London Paddington and Oxford
  • London Paddington and Didcot Parkway 
  • London Paddington and Reading
  • Slough and Windsor
  • Maidenhead and Marlow
  • Twyford and Henley-on-Thames
  • Reading and Basingstoke
  • Didcot and Oxford
  • Cardiff Central and Westbury calling most stations
  • Bristol and Plymouth

Avoid travelling and seek alternative ways to make your journey. If you are intending to travel on these routes, please only do so if absolutely necessary. Trains that are operating will be extremely busy.

Sunday 8 January 2023

Trains will continue to be disrupted. There will be a reduced level of service throughout the day; a later start to services in the morning and some late-night services may be cancelled.

Trains that are operating will be extremely busy. Please check before you travel.

The Night Riviera sleeper service will resume.



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