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Customer Information Screen Paddington

Check your train journey before leaving the house, rail travellers told

GWR is reminding customers that disruption continues after the Christmas break and those travelling are advised to check their journey details before leaving the house.

Customers boarding IET

GWR releases data showing busiest trains in the run-up to Christmas

Train operator Great Western Railway has released data showing the busiest trains this Christmas, as it warns customers that ongoing industrial action means the network will shut early on Christmas Eve and significant disruption will return after the festive getaway.

Giving Tree media release pic

GWR’s £11,000 festive funding for Connect Reading’s Giving Tree campaign

A Christmas campaign providing cheer for charities, schools and hospitals in Reading has received an £11,484 ‘festive fillip’ from Great Western Railway.

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Local heritage project brings Christmas carols to Looe Valley Line

The Moor to Sea heritage project helped spread some Christmas cheer by hosting a carol sing-along on the Looe Valley Line last night (Monday 19 December).

Turbo 165 train

Buckinghamshire Council to consider access improvements to Bourne End station thanks to £18,600 GWR grant

Buckinghamshire Council has been awarded £18,600 funding from Great Western Railway’s Community Fund to explore opportunities to improve access for those walking, wheeling, cycling or taking the bus to Bourne End railway station.

NR at Bristol Parkway

Planned engineering work in the Bristol area may affect your rail journey

Train services via Bristol Parkway will be affected between Christmas and new year as part of an ongoing programme of rail improvement work.

Exeter St Davids Station Samaritans volunteers

Festive boost as Samaritans receive £77,000 grant from Great Western Railway

Samaritans has received a £77,000 grant from Great Western Railway to support the charity’s life-saving work and mission to reduce the number of people who die by suicide and be there for anyone who is struggling, particularly over the festive period.

CIS at Paddington

Travel early, book a seat and complete your journey by lunchtime on Christmas Eve

Warning of continued disruption after the festive break with more strike dates announced

Customer CIS

Train operator warns of disruption as strike action set to go ahead:  Only travel if necessary over the affected period. Book in advance for Christmas trains.

Train operator Great Western Railway is warning of significant disruption to rail services during December and January but expects trains in the week before Christmas will continue to operate. 

Left to right, GWR Business Development Portfolio Director Tom Pierpoint, Reading Borough Council's Lead Councillor for Climate Strategy and Transport, Tony Page, and Network Rail Project Manager Gerry Quinn

New station building takes shape as part of Reading West transformation

The £4.1m transformation of Reading West is gathering pace with work under way on a new station building. 

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Great Western Railway starts countdown to Christmas with some multicultural carolling

Great Western Railway (GWR) is welcoming carollers from across the country to sing at the stations it serves, bringing some Christmas cheer to rail travellers over the next week.

Bath Christmas market

Over 10,000 extra train seats for this Saturday’s Bath Christmas Market

More than 150 trains will serve Bath and its world-famous Christmas Market this coming Saturday, but those travelling at the busiest times are being warned that they may have to queue to board trains home.