Cotswold Line timetables altered for engineering work at Oxford and Worcester

Cotswold Line train services will be altered due to weekend engineering work for the rest of April and during the half-term holiday at the end of May.

Passengers are advised to check before travelling, as timetables will be revised and buses will replace trains in some areas.

On Sunday, April 22, due to work north of Oxford station, buses will replace trains between Oxford and Hanborough, with trains running to a special timetable between Hanborough, Worcester, Great Malvern and Hereford. There will also be a reduced service between Worcester and Cheltenham.

On Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, the line between Worcester, Cheltenham and Gloucester will be closed for resignalling work at Cheltenham, with buses replacing trains. On the Sunday buses will also replace trains between Oxford and Hanborough, with a special timetable in operation at stations between Hanborough and Hereford.

From Saturday, May 26, until Wednesday, May 30, inclusive, train services at Worcester will be limited, due to the closure of the line between Shrub Hill station and Norton junction during the installation of a new railway bridge as part of the project to widen the Worcester Southern Bypass Road.

Some track and signalling equipment in the Worcester area will also be renewed over the bank holiday weekend, along with work on the site of the new Worcestershire Parkway station, south-east of the city.

GWR will operate a special train timetable between Evesham, Oxford and London Paddington for all five days, with replacement bus services running between Evesham, Worcester, Great Malvern and Hereford. Buses will also replace GWR trains between Great Malvern, Worcester and Cheltenham Spa.

West Midlands Railway will operate a special train timetable between Worcester Shrub Hill and Birmingham from the Saturday until the Monday, but buses will replace all WMR trains between Worcester, Great Malvern and Hereford. A limited WMR train service will operate between Worcester and Hereford on Tuesday, May 29, and Wednesday, May 30.

Click here for more information about GWR alterations and click here for details of revised WMR services.

Full details of train times and replacement bus links during this period are expected to be added to online journey planners shortly.

  • Information is also expected shortly about major alterations to Cotswold Line train services from Sunday, July 1, until Sunday, July 22, when Network Rail completes work to install new signalling in the Oxford area.


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