Campus travel updates

Updates for everyone travelling to the University of Bath

Topic: Public transport

Changes to rail travel schedules over Christmas period

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📥  Public transport

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.

 

Changes to rail services during October and November

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📥  Public transport

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.

 

Rail service disruptions in July

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📥  Public transport, Travel Update

Work to widen the platforms at Bath Spa has now been successfully completed and Network Rail have moved on to work on the track around Swindon and Chippenham. This work will cause disruption from Saturday 8 July through Sunday 16 July. Services between London and Bristol Temple Meads will be diverted and there will be a reduced service for Swindon and Bath Spa during this period.

Changes to services - Saturday 8, Sunday 9 and Sunday 16 July

Between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads - two High Speed Trains an hour in each direction

  • One calling at Reading, Didcot Parkway and Swindon
  • One calling at Reading and Bath Spa

Replacement buses

Replacement buses will run between Bath Spa and Swindon via Chippenham as well as on the TransWilts line. Trains will continue to run between Trowbridge and Westbury.

 

Changes to services - Monday 10 July to Saturday 15 July

Between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads - two High Speed Trains an hour in each direction

  • One calling at Reading, Didcot Parkway and Swindon
  • One calling at Reading and Bath Spa

Between Bristol Temple Meads and Chippenham

  • One train an hour in each direction

Between Westbury and Swindon via Melksham

  • Trains will start and terminate at Chippenham

Replacement buses

Replacement buses will run between Swindon and Chippenham.

 

Changes to nearby rail services

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📥  Public transport

Network Rail is carrying out work to electrify the railway through tunnels between Bristol Parkway and Swindon.

They are also building a new platform at Bristol Parkway station, making everything ready for the new Intercity Express Trains in autumn 2017.

Services in the area will be amended, and some journeys will be extended. Buses will replace trains on some routes.
Bristol Parkway upgrade: 19 August - 15 September

19 August - 1 September

  • High speed services only affected
  • High speed services will call at Patchway, instead of Bristol Parkway – except for at peak times
  • Replacement buses will run between Bristol Parkway and Patchway

2 September - 15 September

  • High speed and local services affected
  • High speed services will call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway – except for at peak times
  • replacement buses will run between Bristol Parkway and Patchway
  • local services between Yate and Filton Abbey Wood will be replaced by buses
  • trains will continue to run between Yate and Gloucester, and Filton Abbey Wood and Bristol Temple Meads
  • CrossCountry trains will be diverted; and call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway

Cardiff Central electrification work: 26 - 28 August

  • There will be no trains between Newport and Cardiff; with replacement buses running instead
  • Services will continue to run between Swansea and Cardiff; with eastbound trains starting from Newport
  • London services will be diverted, and call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway for further upgrade work
  • The work in Cardiff is part of Network Rail’s programme to lower the track in the area ahead of installing overhead wires by late 2018.

Severn Tunnel and Cardiff preparatory works: weekends of 23 September - 29 October

23 - 24 September, 30 September - 1 October
7 - 8, 14 - 15, 21 - 22 and 28 - 29 October
Over these weekends, Network Rail will be carrying out electrification work in the Cardiff area; as well as track maintenance in the Severn Tunnel.

  • High speed services will start and end at Newport; and run non-stop between Swindon
  • A shuttle service will run between Swansea and Cardiff
  • Services to and from Portsmouth Harbour and Taunton will start and end at Bristol Parkway
  • Buses will run between Cardiff, Newport and Bristol Parkway

Bristol Parkway platform works: weekends of 4 - 19 November

4 - 5, 11 - 12, and 18 - 19 November
Over these weekends Network Rail will be carrying out work on the new platform at Bristol Parkway.

  • High speed services will call at Patchway, instead of Bristol Parkway
  • Replacement buses will run between Bristol Parkway and Patchway
  • Local services between Yate and Filton Abbey Wood will be replaced by buses
  • Trains will continue to run between Yate and Gloucester, and Filton Abbey Wood and Bristol Temple Meads
  • CrossCountry trains will be diverted; and will call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway

 

STV lay-by closure from Mon 8 May to Fri 16 June

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📥  Planned road works, Public transport

Improvements to the lay-by located to the front of the STV (Sports Training Village) will commence on Monday, 8 May.

The lay-by will be closed to all traffic up to and including Friday, 16 June 2017. As a result, the 20A/20C bus service will now arrive at/depart from the main Arrival Square.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause and assure you that we will endeavour to return the lay-by to normal service as quickly as possible.

Should you have any queries please contact the Department of Estates Helpdesk via email on estates-helpdesk@bath.ac.uk.

 

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.