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Trains to divert through Gloucester

Network Rail improvements to the Severn Tunnel mean trains between London and South Wales will divert via Gloucester this month.

The works on the tunnel, between South Wales and the West of England, start on Wednesday (July 3) and will run until Thursday, July 18, as well as the weekend of July 27 and 28.

Network Rail will be carrying out track renewal and essential drainage works in the tunnel itself.

As a result, no trains will run between Bristol and South Wales on those dates. Instead, GWR services between London and South Wales will pass through Gloucester and won't stop at Bristol Parkway.

A limited number of trains will run between Bristol Parkway and London Paddington in the morning and the evening only.

GWR services from Portsmouth and the South West which usually run to Cardiff Central will instead terminate at Bristol Parkway.

There will only be a very limited rail replacement bus service in place between Bristol Parkway and Severn Tunnel Junction during this closure.

Customers wishing to travel between South Wales and Bristol should instead travel on trains via Gloucester, where services will continue to run to both Bristol and South Wales.

Online journey planners have been updated, and customers have also been made aware through traditional and social media, at station posters and announcements, as well as announcements on board GWR services.

Valid tickets between the South West, Bristol and South Wales will be accepted via Gloucester, allowing customers to make their entire journey by train. Journeys will take around 30 minutes longer.

Transport for Wales and CrossCountry train services to/ from South Wales via Gloucester or Cheltenham Spa are largely unaffected by the closure, but customers should still check all journeys before travelling.

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