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Great Western Railway do not expect snow to disrupt services tomorrow

GWR say snow is not as much as of a problem for railways as any other sort of bad weather. Credit: PA

Great Western Railway says it does not anticipate widespread disruption to services tomorrow and the operator is not pro-actively changing its timetables.

The company says snow is not as much as of a problem for railways as any other sort of bad weather.

GWR adds its biggest problem during periods of poor weather is usually drivers getting to work.

According to the operator, Network Rail is busy gritting tracks in advance of another snowy day.

GWR also says today's services are not being affected by the onset of snowy weather.

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Fault delays launch of new Great Western Railway train

93 new Intercity Express Trains are planned to replace GWR's existing services. Credit: Jack Gordon

The first of Great Western Railway's (GWR) new high speed trains failed to run on time this morning due to a train fault.

The Hitachi train was meant to carry passengers from Bristol to London Paddington this morning at 6am, but left 26 minutes late.

Our reporter on scene was told staff had difficulty coupling the carriages.

93 new Intercity Express Trains are expected to replace GWR's existing services by the end of 2019.

The upgrade project was reported to have been delayed and over-budget, but the new trains are expected to ease overcrowding.


GWR: No trains between Westbury and Chippenham due to staff shortage

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The line is closed on Great Western Railway's services between Westbury and Chippenham due to a staff shortage.

Train services running through these stations are cancelled - the disruption is expected until 18:15.

A replacement bus service is running to take passengers between the two towns via Trowbridge and Melksham.


Disruption at Bath Spa station over the Easter holidays

There will be major disruption at Bath Spa station over the Easter holidays Credit: Network Rail

From Saturday 8 April until Sunday 23 April, a major programme to modernise the Great Western Mainline will cause disruption at Bath Spa Station

The track is being realigned to allow the platforms to be widened ready for the introduction of longer trains later this year.

Many services between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads will be diverted and not call at Bath Spa.

Commuters are advised to check before travelling.

Great Western Railway advice: 'do not travel'

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Great Western Railway is advising passengers not to travel after a power failure earlier this morning caused a signalling systems failure between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads.

Train services are being disrupted with no direct train service between Swindon and Bristol Temple Meads via Chippenham and Bath Spa.

It's the same story between Westbury and Bristol Temple Meads.

We are unable to source replacement road transport and advise customers not to travel


Queuing systems are in place and journey times will be extended from following stations:

  • Chippenham
  • Bath Spa
  • Oldfield Park
  • Keynsham
  • Freshford
  • Avoncliff
  • Bradford-on-Avon
  • Trowbridge (for travel to Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads only)
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