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Passengers for Bath Spa warned of major disruption

There's already a limited service due to ongoing works. Photo: Network Rail

Passengers are warned to expect disruption to continue throughout the rest of today and for late evening services to finish early, to allow for emergency engineering works outside of Bath Spa.

Great Western Railway say an overnight points failure near Oldfield Park means fewer trains are able to run through Bath Spa, impacting an already reduced service.

The following trains will continue to call at Bath Spa with journeys extended by up to 25 minutes:

  • between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads/Taunton
  • between Portsmouth Harbour and Cardiff

Other London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads services are being diverted through Bristol Parkway and will not stop at Bath Spa.

Services between Great Malvern/Gloucester and Weymouth will operate between:

  • Bristol Temple Meads and Gloucester/Great Malvern
  • Westbury and Weymouth

Buses will replace trains for all other intermediate stations, including Freshford, Avoncliff and Bradford Upon Avon.

From 9pm (Wednesday 19th April) all lines through Bath Spa will be closed and buses will replace timetabled trains.

Last train times:

  • Swindon to Bath: 8.30pm
  • Chippenham to Bath: 8.44pm
  • Bristol Temple Meads to Bath: 8.30pm

Great Western Railway say:

"Network Rail engineers will work throughout the night to repair the points, enabling more trains to be able to operate, although some limited disruption is expected to continue.

"Bath Spa station is currently undergoing modernisation work to make way for the arrival of a fleet of new, longer Intercity Express Trains which will enter service later this year; and only one platform is available to use during the periods of works.

"The works, due to complete on Sunday 23 April, are currently on target to finish on time."

Ticket acceptance for GWR ticket holders has also been agreed with a number of local bus providers. Full list and further information.