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Rail Travel Disruption Monday 26th to Friday 30th October

There will be NO direct trains from Paddington to Cheltenham Spa for the week of the Festival, Monday 26th to Thursday 29th October, all trains will go via Bristol (either Parkway or Temple Meads).

They are carrying out maintenence work in preperation for a major overhall and line additions that will take place throughout 2010.

First Great Western have issued this statement on their website..

South Cotswolds Line Improvements

Monday 26 to Friday 30 October 2009

Between 26th and 30th October the train line between Swindon and Cheltenham Spa will be closed.

An amended train service will be in operation, with rail replacement transport operating along the route.

What work are Network Rail carrying out?

During this time, Network Rail will be carrying out necessary maintenance work. This includes the relining of Sapperton Tunnel, repairing the embankment on the Kemble line, and cutting back vegetation along the route.

These works are being implemented in order to deliver improved standards of safety, reliability and efficiency.

What is the proposed train plan?

In addition to rail replacement transport operating along the line of the closed route, there will be an amended train service that goes via an alternative route.

Two peak time morning and evening services between Cheltenham and Paddington will operate via Bristol Parkway:

0543 Cheltenham to Paddington
0638 Cheltenham to Paddington

1748 Paddington to Cheltenham
1848 Paddington to Cheltenham

A full timetable will be issued closer to the time.

Further information will be posted here, as soon as it becomes available.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and thank you in advance for your patience.

For regular updates please visit the website by clicking here..

Here is the timetable that has been taken from The Trainline so please check the times against the website when you are about to book.  Click Here.