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Upgrading the railway in the Taunton area
Posted on: November 8th 2019
Section: Member news


In December, Great Western Railway will be launching a new timetable, featuring a range of benefits for our customers in the South West. More trains with additional capacity will run between London Paddington and the South West, improving connections as well as providing a faster average journey time.

We will also introduce more capacity on local trains between Taunton, Bristol and Cardiff, helping you to enjoy your journey in a more comfortable environment.

Before we deliver these improvements, Network Rail is upgrading the railway between Tiverton Parkway, Taunton and Castle Cary/Weston-super-Mare. This will help to make the railway more resilient and reliable, reducing the possibility of delays to your journey.

Between Saturday 9 and Thursday 14 November:

  • the line between Tiverton Parkway and Castle Cary/Weston-super-Mare will be closed to trains
  • trains will continue to run between London Paddington and the South West, using an alternative route
  • buses will replace trains on all other affected routes

Our travel advice

  • plan ahead – bus times will be different to normal train times. Check carefully before you travel
  • allow plenty of time – journeys involving a replacement bus may take longer than normal
  • travelling to or from Cornwall - most journeys will require a change of trains at Plymouth

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