To and from Warminster and stations to Freshford

Description of line

Double track from Salisbury to Westbury and on to Freshford.

Most of the ststions in the Wylye Valley were closed in the Beeching era, so there's a long run from Salisbury to Warminster. Even Wilton station - and Wilton was the old capital of Wessex - is gone.

North of Warminster, it gets a little better with stations at Dilton Marsh, Westbury, Trowbridge, Bradford-on-Avon, Avoncliff and Freshford ... but the stations into Bath, once again, are all closed.

Major railway junction at Westbury, Swindon line leaves just north of Trowbridge, and the line joins the main London to Bristol line just before Bath.

Service offered

Hourly Portsmouth to Cardiff service throughout the day, and this is a popular moneyspinner.

Extra hourly "stopper" service from Westbury to Bath and Bristol making, overall, a half hourly train. Some of these extended to Frome, Yeovil and Weymouth.

In 2007 (ONLY) an extra shuttle service from Westbury via Salisbury to Southampton, approx every 3 hours.

2 extra trains per day Westbury - Trowbridge (and on to Swindon).

Peak flows

To Bath and Britol in the morning peak, return in the evening

Known issues

Overcrowding at peak times from Wesbury to Bristol

Overcrowding on almost all trains Portsmouth - Cardiff, espcially when they run with just 2 coaches. (April 2007 - 2 car seems to be the norm! now!)

Inadequate service will be provided to Dilton Marsh once the shuttle is withdrawn, and Warminster too will see a major drop in services.

Commuter traffic from West Wilts stations and Frome to Swindon is no longer catered for by the inadequate service of 2 trains a day left on this line; changing at Bath is an inconvenient option on already-overcrowded services.

Standing room only (and some were left behind) between Trowbridge and Bath
Standing room only (and some were left behind) between Trowbridge and Bath

More about this Overcrowded trip


See here

Link to ... Isn't that awful........
Link to ... Track issues Southampton Central
Link to ... Diversion between Westbury and Trowbridge
Link to ... Three in a row?
Link to ... Major disruption Bristol Newport 22/9/2018
Link to ... Should there be seat reservations on the Cardiff - Portsmouth service?
Link to ... The maths of short forms and where we are headed
Link to ... West services at and from Westbury
Link to ... Disturbing news.
Link to .. 165/166s on this route
Link to .. Westbury - Warminster locals
Link to .. Brightons gone again
Link to .. Officially 5 cars?
Link to .. Hot weather curtails services terminating at Warminster
Link to .. Increased capacity ??
Link to .. Freshford platform extension
Link to .. Better information
Link to .. 1988 timetables - Cardiff to Portsmouth, and branches
Link to .. The strange case of the 11:11 from Westbury
Link to .. 1963 Salisbury to Bath Spa timetable

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