Track renewal-2

Engineering works to affect trains in the Worcester area next week

Great Western Railway (GWR) services in Hereford and Worcester will be affected by essential engineering work next week.

Ensuring the safe and reliable operation of the railway, Network Rail plans to replace the tracks between Worcester Shrub Hill and Evesham stations.

As a result, GWR trains will be affected between Evesham and Hereford as well as between Cheltenham Spa and Worcester Foregate Street from Monday 22 to Friday 26 April:

  • Trains will still run between London Paddington and Evesham via Oxford
  • Trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Worcester will terminate at Gloucester, with other train services running between Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa
  • CrossCountry will still operate train services between Gloucester, Cheltenham Spa, Ashchurch for Tewkesbury and Worcestershire Parkway
  • West Midlands Railway will still operate train services between Worcester Foregate Street and Hereford
  • Replacement buses will operate between Worcester Foregate Street and Evesham or Cheltenham Spa
  • All parking bays will be suspended in the car park at Evesham station from midnight on Thursday 18 to midnight on Friday 26 April

Billy White, GWR Station Manager for Oxford, Didcot and North Cotswolds, said:

“This improvement work forms part of an ongoing programme of maintenance, helping to ensure that we can continue to provide consistent and reliable services.

“GWR will provide rail replacement services between Evesham or Cheltenham Spa and Worcester Foregate Street.

“Ticket acceptance has also been agreed to enable customers to travel on other train services between London and Worcester or Hereford instead.

“However, these alternative travel arrangements via Birmingham or Bristol Parkway will make journey times much longer, so please check before you travel.”

Mark Parker, Lead Portfolio Manager for Network Rail, said:

“We’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carry out this essential track replacement in the North Cotswolds.

“Once complete, this vital work will enable continued safe and reliable services to run on this popular route for years to come.”

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Great Western Railway

0845 410 4444

Notes to editors

Notes to editors

First Greater Western Limited, trading as “Great Western Railway” (GWR), operates trains across the Great Western franchise area, which includes South Wales, the West Country, the Cotswolds, across southern England and into London. GWR provides high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services, and before the covid-19 pandemic helped over 100 million passengers reach their destinations every year. GWR has been awarded a National Rail Contract to continue operating the Great Western network, which shall run up to 21 June 2025, with the potential for a further three years at the Secretary of State’s discretion. Find out more here: