Campus travel updates

Updates for everyone travelling to the University of Bath

Topic: Public transport

Changes to Swindon, Bristol, Didcot Parkway and Chippenham rail services: 27-29 May and 10-11 June

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📥  Public transport, Travel Update

Network Rail will be undertaking work in the Swindon area to prepare for their new trains which enter service later this year. As a result of this, train services through Didcot Parkway, Swindon, Chippenham and Bristol Parkway will be amended.

High speed services between London, Bristol and South Wales will be diverted and rail replacement buses will replace trains on routes through Swindon.

More information can be found here

 

Bath Spa train station weekend closures 8-9, 14-17 & 22-23 April

📥  Public transport, Travel Update

This Easter (8-23 April) Network Rail will be undertaking rail improvement work in the Bath area  impacting on the ability of GWR to operate the usual train service.

Network Rail will widen the platforms at Bath as part of the ongoing infrastructure works linked to the introduction of GWR’s new IET trains and electrification.

On the weekends of 8-9, 14-17 and 22-23 April Bath Spa will be closed.

There will be no trains between Bristol and Bath, Chippenham and Bath or Trowbridge and Bath.

Throughout the weekends buses will replace trains between Bath and Chippenham, Bristol, Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Westbury and Frome. Stopping buses will serve Freshford and Westwood (for Avoncliff), Oldfield Park and Keynsham. A Castle Cary to Bristol service will also run to connect in/out of Weymouth line services which start/terminate at Westbury.

During the working week (April 10-13 and 18-21) only one platform will be available to run trains so a revised train service will operate with trains between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington via Bath and Chippenham will operating every hour.

Great Western Railway urge all customers to check travel arrangements by visiting www.gwr.com/Bath2017 and consider travelling on the Fridays and Mondays.

Information is available at all stations and on all journey planners.

 

Christmas closure at Paddington Station

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📥  Public transport, Travel Update

To allow for electrification and Crossrail works Paddington Station will be closed over Christmas.

There will be a six-day closure, starting on Christmas Eve, Saturday December 24 through to Thursday 29 December.

Trains are likely to be very busy on Friday 23 December, and it is recommended that customers book ahead and travel early if they can.

Trains will start and finish at Ealing Broadway throughout the closure with customers completing their journey by London Underground.  There are no lifts at the station and it is recommended that customers who find using Ealing Broadway difficult, to change trains at Reading and travel to and from London Waterloo.  South West Trains have agreed to accept GWR tickets to support this.

Full details are available here including details on travelling with bikes, sleeper services and Pullman dining service.

 

Train travel via Paddington over the Christmas period

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📥  Public transport

As part of the ongoing improvement to the network, Great Western Railway will have some changes to their services over the holiday period. The biggest change is that London Paddington will be closed to all rail services from Saturday 24 December to Thursday 29 December.

This means that GWR rail services will be starting and finishing at Ealing Broadway, where customers can make a connection to the underground or take scheduled bus services into London.

GWR advises:

"Ealing Broadway does not have step-free access.  We are therefore recommending that customers on our Bristol and South Wales services, who are travelling with heavy luggage, children, or who find steps difficult to change at Reading and use services from there to London Waterloo.  This will mean a longer journey and we will be alerting customers to the changes well in advance so they can plan ahead."

Full details of the planned works can be found on the GWR website.

 

Severn Tunnel rail closure, September-October

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📥  Public transport

From Monday 12 September to Friday 21 October 2016, the Severn Tunnel will be closed to enable electrification through to Cardiff and Swansea.

The three main stations affected are Bristol Parkway, Severn Tunnel Junction and Newport.

Newport to London services will be diverted and replacement buses will run between Newport and Bristol Parkway.

Alternative timetables will operate, with journeys from Newport to London taking about 35 minutes longer and Newport to Bristol 45 minutes longer.

Throughout the period the rail replacement coaches will be running between Bristol Parkway and Newport as well as Bristol Parkway and Severn Tunnel Junction, with multiple coaches and standby vehicles on all peak services.

Arrival in Parkway and Newport is set to meet the majority of connections where a full train service will run.

There will be extra customer service staff at all locations with information on connections.

For more information please visit the GWR website.

 

Travel update

  

📥  Cycling, Planned road works, Public transport, Road closures, Travel Update

Our latest travel update looking at the weeks ahead:

Ongoing:

If you know of any travel disruption please email comms@bath.ac.uk and we will include it in the blog.