Track renewals mean Cotswold Line shutdown

Train services will be suspended between Charlbury and Moreton-in-Marsh for four days next week while Network Rail renews life-expired track in the area.

Buses will replace trains between the two stations from Monday, October 23, to Thursday, October 25, inclusive, running hourly and serving Kingham en route. A limited number of buses will also serve Ascott-under-Wychwood and Shipton stations.

Trains will continue to operate between Charlbury, Oxford, Reading and London and between Moreton-in-Marsh, Evesham, Worcester and Hereford, with a normal timetable resuming on Friday, October 27.

Passengers are advised to check all train times, and those for replacement buses, using online journey planners or at staffed stations, as revised timetables will apply during the project.

To maintain links between Hereford, Malvern, Worcester and London during the morning and evening peak periods, the 05.23 train from Hereford to London will be diverted beyond Worcester Shrub Hill to reach London Paddington via Swindon and the 17.34 from Paddington to Hereford will also be diverted to run to Worcester via Swindon.

And the 07.25 from Worcester Shrub Hill to London via Swindon will start from Great Malvern at 07.07, calling at Malvern Link and Worcester Foregate Street, before leaving Shrub Hill at its normal departure time.

Network Rail infrastructure maintenance programme manager Anthony Tuohy said: I’d like to thank passengers and lineside neighbours for their patience and understanding while we carry out essential track maintenance and replacement between Ascott-under-Wychwood and Moreton-in-Marsh.

“This work will enable continued safe and reliable journeys on this route for years to come.”

Click here for more information and details of ticket acceptance on alternative routes while the work takes place.

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