Campus travel updates

Updates for everyone travelling to the University of Bath

Topic: Public transport

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.

 

Heat speed restrictions on the railways

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📥  Public transport

Due to speed restrictions put in place by Network Rail between 1.30pm and 7pm Tuesday 19 July, GWR is warning customers that journeys are expected to take longer than usual.

With rail track temperatures set to exceed 50 degrees in parts of London and the Thames Valley, speed restrictions have been put in place throughout the main junctions into and out of London Paddington.

While the vast majority of services are expected to operate as timetabled, journeys may take between 10-15 minutes longer. Customers are advised to check before they travel, to drink plenty of water, and are being asked to help our staff keep a lookout for the more vulnerable making journeys today.

A GWR spokesperson said:

“With temperatures in London set to exceed 30 degrees, the effect can bring the temperature of the rails to over 50 degrees, and we have been asked by Network Rail to drive more slowly as a result.

“We will continue to keep an eye on the situation, alongside Network Rail, and keep you updated throughout the day.”

A spokesperson for Network Rail explained:

“Our modern rails are far more resistant to heat expansion and buckling than they used to be.  However, a day this hot affects even our track, so we need to restrict speeds for safety.  Full details are available on our website at networkrail.co.uk/delaysexplained.”

To be able to maintain the train timetable, the following services are expected to be cancelled:

  • All Thames Valley branch lines to remain in branch operation but with no direct London services.
  • London Paddington to Bedwyn and return services will operate between Bedwyn and Reading only
  • London Paddington to Cheltenham Spa and return will operate between Swindon and Cheltenham Spa only
  • London Paddington to Oxford direct (calling Slough, Reading, Didcot and Oxford) and return services are cancelled. Passengers are advised to travel to Didcot for connecting services to Oxford.

Passengers are advised to check their specific journey before they travel.

 

New bicycle policy on GWR long distance high speed trains

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📥  Public transport

GWR are introducing compulsory bicycle reservations on long distance high speed trains from 16 May. GWR have said:

"This will bring us in line with other long distance operators and we will compensate customers if we do not provide them with their booked space.

Reservations remain free and can be made online, by phone (0345 7000 125) or at a station when booking a ticket. Reservations can also be made after the ticket is purchased by phone or at a ticket office. This should be done by 18:00 the day before departure, although we can take bookings on some services up to 2 hours before departure.

We would like to encourage pre-booking as much as possible, but we understand that there will be times when booking has not been possible and there is space is available on board.

Station staff have been briefed to allow bikes on board if this is the case. Customers should not therefore have any issues travelling without booking a space for their cycle if there is space on board.

There is no change to our local services, and no limit to the number of folding bikes we can carry because these can be stored in the luggage racks. We are installing Brompton Docks at more of our stations, so that customers can hire a folding bike. We are also increasing bike racks at some stations for customers who do not want to take their bike on board."

More information and the cycle policy booklet are available on the GWR website.