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17:38 Bristol Temple Meads to Worcester Foregate Street
17:59 Cheltenham Spa to London Paddington
18:10 Weston-Super-Mare to Severn Beach
18:37 Westbury to Swindon
18:54 Reading to Gatwick Airport
19:06 London Paddington to Bedwyn
19:50 Worcester Foregate Street to Bristol Temple Meads
20:01 Severn Beach to Bristol Temple Meads
20:13 Swindon to Westbury
20:28 Paignton to Exmouth
20:29 Gatwick Airport to Reading
20:42 Bedwyn to London Paddington
21:34 Reading to Gatwick Airport
21:56 Exmouth to Exeter St Davids
21:59 Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
22:26 Reading to Basingstoke
22:46 Bristol Temple Meads to Gloucester
22:58 Basingstoke to Reading
23:22 Gatwick Airport to Reading
23:34 Reading to Basingstoke
12/12/23 00:05 Basingstoke to Reading
12/12/23 18:50 Paignton to Exeter St Davids
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15:30 Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour
17:10 Gloucester to Weymouth
17:46 Avonmouth to Weston-Super-Mare
17:50 Gloucester to Salisbury
17:59 Cardiff Central to Penzance
18:29 Gatwick Airport to Reading
18:59 Cardiff Central to Penzance
18:59 Cheltenham Spa to London Paddington
19:15 Penzance to Bristol Temple Meads
20:06 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa
20:11 Salisbury to Bristol Temple Meads
20:24 Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central
12/12/23 14:36 London Paddington to Paignton
12/12/23 14:57 Exmouth to Paignton
12/12/23 15:23 Exmouth to Paignton
12/12/23 15:55 Exmouth to Paignton
12/12/23 16:16 Paignton to Exmouth
12/12/23 16:23 Exmouth to Paignton
12/12/23 16:40 Paignton to Exmouth
12/12/23 16:57 Exmouth to Paignton
12/12/23 17:19 Paignton to Exmouth
12/12/23 17:40 Paignton to Exmouth
12/12/23 18:18 Paignton to Exmouth
12/12/23 19:04 Paignton to London Paddington
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17:30 London Paddington to Taunton
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« on: May 11, 2021, 04:41:30 am »

From GWR (Great Western Railway) Journey Check

Owing to the short notice unavailability of carriages which form our High Speed train services there will be NO through service on the London Paddington - Swindon - Bristol Parkway - Newport - Cardiff Central - Swansea route and train services on the route have been withdrawn.
Special shuttle train services at approximately hourly intervals will operate but only between Newport (South Wales) and Reading calling at Bristol Parkway, Swindon and Didcot Parkway. Any customers travelling from Swansea, Neath, Bridgend, Port Talbot Parkway or Cardiff Central should travel to Newport on Transport for Wales services (on which GWR tickets will be valid) and connect into / out of the shuttle train services to / from Reading. At Reading alternative GWR services will be available for travel to / from London Paddington.

In addition to the revised train service arrangements GWR ticket holders may utilise the following local bus routes should they assist with individual journeys -

Swansea Neath: Routes X5, X7, 34 and 38

Swansea Port Talbot: Routes X1 and 84

Cardiff Bridgend: Route X2

Bridgend Port Talbot: Route X1

Port Talbot Neath: Route 87

Swansea Llanelli: Routes X11, 110 and 111

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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2021, 08:03:35 pm »

The thing that gets me with the buses that they mention is that they've missed off the Swansea-Neath-Merthyr X75 again. Taking a bus to the next line across that's running a normal service is completely reasonable, especially considering that Cardiff Central station is at the extreme south end of Cardiff city centre, and a good chunk of passengers change for the Valley Lines to Queen Street or Cathays anyway – if you're travelling at a time that lines up with the very infrequent X75, it's a practical route. (And, yes, if only we had the Vale of Neath in times like this.)

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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2021, 08:07:51 pm »

There's an hourly service from Pad to Swansea starting on Friday
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2021, 04:42:01 am »

There's an hourly service from Pad to Swansea starting on Friday

From JourneyCheck this morning

You are advised not to travel with GWR (Great Western Railway). A number of Class 800 series Hitachi trains in use by several train companies, including GWR, were withdrawn from service earlier this week as a precaution.
After completing rigorous safety checks, we will begin reintroducing train services. Trains on some routes will be less frequent than usual, and your journey might take longer than it normally would. Please check your journey on our online journey planner before you leave.
We have had to cancel many of our long-distance services and expect disruption to journeys to continue for the next few days.

Friday 14 May
An hourly service will run between London Paddington and Swansea.

Transport For Wales are conveying passengers between Cheltenham Spa and Swansea via Newport South Wales and Cardiff Central in both directions until further notice.


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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2021, 08:34:44 pm »

... if you're travelling at a time that lines up with the very infrequent X75, it's a practical route. (And, yes, if only we had the Vale of Neath in times like this.)

Perhaps the reason it is not listed is the infrequency.
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2021, 05:18:12 am »

Saturday 15th May 2021

Most GWR (Great Western Railway) long distance services between London Paddington and Swansea via Bristol Parkway & Cardiff Central are expected to operate.

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