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Extra trains planned for King’s Coronation but travellers warned that central London will be extremely busy

A swathe of additional trains and extra carriages is being laid on for the weekend of the King’s Coronation but those travelling are being advised to allow plenty of time for their journeys.

With around 1.2 million people expected to line the streets of London on Saturday 6 May for the procession to Westminster Abbey, Great Western Railway is to provide extra very early morning trains from South Wales, Devon and Cornwall and in London and the Thames Valley to take customers into central London. An hourly, overnight service is being provided Friday into Saturday.

GWR Sales and Marketing Director Amanda Burns said:

“The Coronation really will be a one-off event for so many people, and one that showcases Great Britain on the global stage.

“We are incredibly proud to be able to serve the communities that we do across the south west and Wales, and we will be pulling out all the stops to help those who wish to travel to the capital to do so.

“Trains will however be really busy, so please do check your journey in advance, and allow plenty of time.”  

GWR will also operate as many trains as possible on the Windsor branch line, between Slough and  Windsor, for ticket-holders to the Coronation Concert. A queueing system will however be in place at Slough and for return journeys from Windsor to ensure well-wishers can board trains safely.

After the big event on Saturday, up to 30,000 people are expected to be at Windsor on the Sunday night for a concert within the grounds of the castle. Once again, GWR will operate extra late night/early morning services between Windsor and Slough and between London Paddington and Reading. Those travelling are being warned to expect to have to queue in the designated area to board trains safely.

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Great Western Railway

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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: