New temporary timetable introduced in response to spread of Omicron variant

From Monday 17 January 2022, South Western Railway (SWR) will be introducing a new timetable, which is designed to ensure reliability for customers and cater to key workers, school pupils and those who cannot work from home.

The emergence of Omicron has necessitated the need for a new temporary timetable, with staff shortages across SWR having led to unavoidable short-notice...

Devon Artist in Partnership with Re-opening of The Dartmoor Line

Devon artist in partnership with re-opening of The Dartmoor Line

Award winning Devon Artist Becky Bettesworth has collaborated with Network Rail, GWR, Department for Transport, Devon County Council and the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership to use her Dartmoor Travel poster to launch the reopening of The Dartmoor Line from Okehampton to Exeter.

The reopening will be the first railway line to be reinstated under the Department for Transport’s '...

Reduced services running through Woking due to signal failure

There is currently a severely reduced South Western Railway service running between Woking and Surbiton, due to a power surge in the track circuit system earlier today. As a result SWR services are subject to significant delay, cancellation and disruption, with ticket acceptance and replacement buses in place.

Until further notice the following alterations have had to be made to the...

ConnectedCities invites Devon to discuss rail ambitions

Devon’s rail ambitions will be discussed at a sustainable growth event on Wednesday (20 May).

ConnectedCities has invited Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Development, and Chair of the Peninsula Rail Task Force, to talk about the Devon Metro at its online seminar.

ConnectedCities is a non-political initiative which proposes...

Check before you travel by rail this weekend

Passengers travelling through South Wales and the South West over the August bank holiday are being advised to check before they travel as Network Rail carries out essential work to install part of a new signalling system for the Bristol area.

The new system is an important part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers. It...

Better journeys on the way for SW rail passengers

Plans to give rail passengers along the South Western network more trains, more space and faster journeys were announced yesterday (4 July) by Rail Minister Claire Perry.

The Department for Transport has published documents setting out how bidders for the new South Western franchise will be required to provide plans for:

  • At least 95 additional services on weekdays from
  • ...

Police continue to investigate Plymouth train crash

Officers from British Transport Police are continuing to investigate following a low-speed collision at Plymouth railway station on Sunday, 3 April which took place shortly after 3.30pm.

A number of people sustained injuries as a result of the collision between two trains, and a total of 15 people were taken to hospital on Sunday for treatment to a range of injuries.


Eighteen injured in Plymouth train crash

Eighteen people have been injured after two trains collided at Plymouth station on Sunday afternoon (3 April).

Emergency services were called to the scene just after 3.30pm.

All 18 casualties are reported to be in a stable condition. The majority were reported as walking wounded and eight of those were taken to Derriford Hospital.

A spokesman for British Transport...

Public discussion examines future transformation of SW rail service

A £7.5billion investment designed to transform rail travel in the South West will be the subject of a public discussion at Plymouth University.

Mark Hopwood, Managing Director of the recently rebranded Great Western Railway (GWR), will be explaining why the company has looked to the past as it aims to build a brighter future for train passengers.

He will also be outlining a...

Rail passengers urged to check journey times

GWR is urging passengers to check journey times before they travel over the Christmas period as Network Rail carry out vital works to modernise the rail infrastructure.

Services will be altered between Thursday 24 December and Sunday 3 January as part of a programme of engineering in the Thames Valley needed for the launch of Crossrail in 2019, and continued works to electrify the...