Industrial action planned by train drivers on Saturday will severely affect GWR rail services this weekend, with no trains running on many popular routes.
On Saturdays, an extremely limited service will operate between 7am and 7pm, with the last trains leaving much earlier. Due to the timing of the strike, Sunday services will also be significantly affected.
Passengers are advised to find alternative ways to travel on these days. Travel only when absolutely necessary and check your route before you go. The majority of train services will not operate and there will be no service on some routes.
GWR will operate as many trains as possible during the strike, but the following travel advice is in place during the strike period:
friday july 29
A normal schedule will work.
Saturday 30 July 30
Most parts of the GWR network will not have rail service. People should make alternate travel arrangements and only travel when absolutely necessary. Extremely limited service will only operate on the routes below. Services will start later and end much earlier than usual:
• Bristol Temple Meads in London Paddington
• Reading at Oxford
• Reading in Basingstoke
No other GWR services will work.
Sunday July 31
Trains will continue to be disrupted. Make alternate travel arrangements and travel only when absolutely necessary. Services will start later and end earlier than normal and are expected to be extremely busy. There will be no service on the following routes:
• Swindon to Gloucester
• Oxford to Worcester/Hereford
Reduced service frequency will work on other long distance routes:
• London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads
• London Paddington to Swansea
• London Paddington to Plymouth/Penzance (inc via Kennet Valley)
• London Paddington to Oxford
Local services will start later than usual but will operate at their usual frequency.
monday august 1
A normal schedule will work.
Customers who have already purchased tickets to travel on strike day can request a full refund or change their ticket; those who travel and are delayed may be entitled to late payment compensation if they are delayed 15 minutes or more. Season ticket holders can seek compensation through the Delay Repay program.
Where GWR is able to run services, it is expected to be extremely busy. They are unable to provide bus replacement services. To help customers, GWR is allowing people with tickets to travel on strike days to be able to travel the day before and until Tuesday August 2 inclusive.
The company endeavors to update journey planners with schedule changes as soon as possible. Online trip checkers should be updated with the latest timetable information, as shown below:
GWR’s Refund Policy and Book With Confidence Policy remain in effect. If you are in possession of a return ticket, you can request a refund for your entire ticket, even if only one stage of your journey is concerned.
Aslef announced a new strike date for Saturday August 13, and the RMT announced strike dates for Thursday August 18 and Saturday August 20. Travel advice for these dates will be issued closer to the time.
Notes to editors
First Greater Western Limited, trading as ‘Great Western Railway’ (GWR), operates trains within the Great Western franchise area, which includes South Wales, West Country, Cotswolds, South England and London. GWR provides high-speed, commuter, regional and branch rail services, and prior to the covid-19 pandemic, it helped over 100 million passengers reach their destination each year. GWR has been awarded a national rail contract to continue operating the Great Western network, which will run until June 21, 2025, with the potential for a further three years at the discretion of the Secretary of State. Learn more here: https://www.gwr.com/about-us