London Paddington to Newport, Cardiff and stations beyond

Description of line

London to Reading, Swindon via the Thames Valley. Through the Cotswolds via Badminton Tunnel. Bristol Parkway, then through the Severn Tunnel. Newport, Cardiff, Bridgend, Port Talbot, Neath and Swansea. 4 tracks to Didcot, then 2 tracks beyond.

Onward via Llanelli to Carmarthen then Whitland, Tenby and Pembroke Dock.

Service offered

2 trains an hour London to Cardiff, one extended to Swansea. All with HST 125 units (occasional Adalante trains still?).

One morning train starts at Carmarthen, and one evening train returns there. Beyond Carmarthen, the main operator is Arriva Wales, with FGW running a summer saturday only servive.

Peak flows

Into London, a.m., return late afternoon.

Known issues

Overcrowding at the London end of the service at peak times.

A December 2006 change that withdrew one train between Cardiff and Swansea and has lead to overcrowding of the Arriva Maesteg line train that took its place.


See here

Recent discussions:
Link to ... Severn Tunnel closure / engineering - 19-22 and 27-28 April 2019
Link to ... Open Access Application - London to Cardiff (28/03/2019)
Link to ... Reverse Formation HSTs
Link to ... Awaiting train crew
Link to ... GWR boss out of touch with its problems, says Labour MP
Link to ... Severn Tunnel closure, Christmas to New Year 2018/19
Link to ... A fitting tribute to a worthy winner of Le Tour
Link to ... GWR Worcester to Cardiff
Link to ... No Direct London-South Wales services 1/7
Link to .. Dangerous overcrowding 15/5 London-Swansea
Link to .. 1L68 on 13 May 2018.
Link to .. Late running
Link to .. Skipping Stops
Link to .. Type of train.
Link to .. Anthony Joshua: Rail line closure to affect Cardiff fight travel - 29 Oct 2017
Link to .. May says there will be Welsh improvements even without electrification
Link to .. Carmarthen to London
Link to .. 28th October
Link to .. HST fire in rear power car, near Burnham - 26/27 July 2017
Link to .. 2 + 6 HST from Swansea

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