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Trains between South Wales and Bristol face disruption due to tunnel work

Train services between South Wales and Bristol will be affected by track replacement work in the Severn Tunnel and essential maintenance in the Patchway area during July.


The planned engineering works will impact trains from Wednesday 3 to Thursday 18 July, with further work on the weekend of 27/28 July.

Trains between London Paddington and Swansea, Carmarthen or Pembroke Dock will run but will divert via Gloucester – not stopping at Bristol Parkway

Trains will also still run between Bristol Temple Meads and Gloucester or Cheltenham Spa, where trains will be running to and from South Wales.

Limited replacement buses are planned between Bristol Parkway and Severn Tunnel Junction (Mon-Sat), or Newport (Sun only). And valid rail tickets will also be accepted on the M4 bus service between Bristol Parkway and Patchway stations


Unlike previous Severn Tunnel blockades, there will not be a full rail replacement service – customers can travel by train and change at Gloucester instead.


Further engineering work will also take place on the weekend of 24/25 August impacting train services that normally run between Bristol and South Wales.


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Marcus Deegan, GWR Station Manager for Bristol Parkway and Swindon, said:

"This rail improvement work forms part of an important programme of maintenance to help ensure we can continue to provide customers with consistent and reliable services.


"To maintain rail connections to and from South Wales, some of our trains will use a different route from normal, via Gloucester, making journeys slightly longer."


A number of major events including concerts are scheduled to take place in Cardiff and at Chepstow Racecourse, so travellers are advised to check in advance.

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