As part of the Railway Upgrade Plan, Great Western Railway are undertaking their largest ever resignalling scheme outside London Paddington in preparation for the opening of the Elizabeth Line. London Paddington will be closed for four days over the holiday period. They have a full plan in place to support customers with alternative journeys, which is on the GWR website at GWR.com/Christmas2017.
As well as the Elizabeth Line work, over Christmas we will be commissioning the new overhead electric line equipment between Didcot Parkway and Maidenhead. This will mean GWR can roll out the rest of our electric fleet of Class 387 trains and can run the Intercity Express Trains under electric power from Didcot to London.
Great Western Railway will also be able to move more of their Turbo trains to the West of England and South Wales. This will mean additional capacity from the return to work after Christmas. However there is still more to do, and GWR will keep rolling out trains through 2018, so that in January 2019 they can introduce more journey time savings from the new trains and improved track.
The timetable changes over Christmas were advised a bit later than usual as there were some requests for extra work. There are therefore a small number of customers who have tickets for trains where the timetable has now been revised. Great Western Railway have contacted everyone we can by email or phone. There are some others where GWR have no contact details and are therefore using station posters, social and traditional media to remind customers to check their travel plans again before they set out.
The C Car Park will be closed from 7.00pm on Friday 15 December until 7.00pm on Thursday 21 December 2017 due to essential maintenance work being carried out.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The annual Skyline running events commence on Sunday 19 November 2017. In total five events will be held on the following dates; 19 November 2017, 17 December 2017, 14 January 2018 and a night / day race on 10 – 11 February 2018. Each race meeting will attract up to a maximum of 450 participants.
In order to facilitate these events part of the West Car Park and West temporary overflow car park will be closed off (please see red boxed area below). The relevant parts of West car park and West temporary overflow car park will be closed from the evening before the race and re-open at the end of the race day.
Race 1: 19/11/17 – Part closure of West car park and West temporary car park at 5pm 18/11/17. Will re-open at 6pm 19/11/17.
Race 2: 17/12/17 – Part closure of West car park and West temporary car park at 5pm 16/12/17. Will re-open at 6pm 17/12/17.
Race 3: 14/01/18 – Part closure of West car park and West temporary car park at 5pm 13/01/18. Will re-open at 6pm 14/01/18.
Race 4: 10 - 11/02/18 – Part closure of west car park and West temporary car park at 5pm 10/02/18. Will re-open at 6pm 11/02/18.
All vehicles should be removed from the affected parking areas prior to the closure of the car park. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
On Friday 10 November a large schools event will be taking place on campus attracting 250 visitors.
In order to accommodate the additional visiting vehicles the rear of the East car park (as per the red boxed area on the below plan) will be closed from 10pm on Thursday 9 November until 5pm on Friday 10 November. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The Sports Training Village are hosting the annual Strength and Depth event on the weekend of the 4 & 5 November 2017.
The event will require the sole use of the East Extension car park (as per red boxed area on the plan below), which will be closed from 7pm on Friday 3 November 2017 until 6pm on Sunday 5 November 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
To prepare for the new Intercity Express Trains, Network Rail need to test the overhead wires in the Reading area which will affect some nearby services.
Replacement buses will run on all routes through Reading, and some long-distance trains will be diverted resulting in longer journey times.
Trains will run on the following routes:
- Bristol Temple Meads to Didcot Parkway/Oxford
- Newbury to Exeter and mainline stations in Devon and Cornwall
- Theale to Newbury/Bedwyn
- Didcot Parkway to Oxford and stations to Worcester
- London Paddington to Maidenhead
Replacement buses will run on the following routes:
- Reading to Maidenhead
- Reading to Reading West, Theale, Newbury
- Reading to Tilehurst, Pangbourne, Goring & Streatley, Cholsey, Didcot Parkway
- Reading to Reading West, Mortimer, Bramley, Basingstoke
- Slough to Newbury
- Maidenhead to Twyford
- Twyford to Wargrave, Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames
- There is also work taking place between Bristol Parkway and Cardiff on these dates.
If you’re planning to travel between London and South Wales, please check your journey carefully.
On Friday 6 October the annual Schools Biathlon will be held at the Sports Training Village and, as in previous years, the organisers will have sole use of the G car park. This means that G car park (seen below) will be closed from 10pm on Thursday 5 October to 6pm on Friday 6 October.
We apologise for an inconvenience caused.
The annual Ride Across Britain event is taking place again this year from Saturday 9 September to Sunday 17 September 2017.
We are expecting approximately 900 cyclists to stay on campus overnight on the night of Sunday 10 September until Monday 11 September. In order to facilitate their equipment they are being provided with exclusive use of the rear of the East car park and the entire East extension car park.
To ensure that the car parks will be sufficiently clear they will be closed from 10pm on Friday 8 September 2017 until the afternoon of Monday 11 September 2017.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
On Sunday 13 August 2017 the Action Medical Research Charity will be undertaking a London to Bath (and return) cycle ride and will be using the East Extension car park as a refreshment stop and turn around point for 350 cyclists.
The nominated refreshment point will be the East extension car park, which as a consequence will be closed from 8pm on Friday 11 August 2017 until 6pm on Sunday 13 August 2017 (please see below plan with red square indicating closed off area). Apologies for any inconvenience caused to our usual car park users.
Wessex Water will be carrying out essential sewerage works on Widcombe Hill (outside Walden Lodge) from 24 July 2017 for approximately five days.
This will involve closing the road to all through traffic; restricted access will be maintained for residents only.
The alternative route via Prior Park Road and Bathwick Hill will be clearly signposted, making these roads busier than usual.
If you have any queries, please contact Wessex Water customer services team on 0345 600 4 600.