Change is coming to Great Western Railway as it improves the experience of its customers by delivering better trains, more seats and quicker journeys. To achieve this, Network Rail need to undertake upgrade works between Reading and Newbury and will have to close the railway line for specified periods in 2018.

The first phase of works is scheduled to take place over the following four-day periods, with an number of additional line blocks required to complete the work.

  • Monday 12 March until Thursday 15 March 
  • Monday 23 April until Thursday 26 April

Buses will replace trains from stations between Pewsey and Theale. Season ticket holders can also change their tickets to travel from Didcot Parkway or Whitchurch. Train services will still operate from Theale to Reading.

Long distance services from London Paddington to Devon and Cornwall will continue to operate but will be diverted, adding up to 50 minutes to journey times. Some train departure times will also be changed, and passengers are advised to check beforehand.

For further travel advice and information on the work please visit
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