Henley Branch Users Group (HBUG) has been advised of significant train service disruption at Easter. First Great Western has sent them the following update:
The new Reading viaduct separating freight and passenger trains came into use on 4 January 2015. This was a huge milestone in the £895m Reading Redevelopment Project, which will be fully completed this summer – a full year ahead of schedule.
There will be further significant work at Reading this Easter to remove the current conflict between Basingstoke and West of England/Kennet Valley lines. There will also be further Crossrail work in the Thames Valley and re-signalling work around Slough, which will resolve many of the recent problems caused by signal failures in the Thames Valley.
The combination of work will mean that there will be no trains running between Didcot Parkway and Hayes & Harlington between Friday 3 and Monday 6 April 2015 and on Sunday 12 April 2015.
On these dates services to the South West will start and finish at London Waterloo and Bristol and South Wales services will travel to Paddington via Banbury. This will mean longer journeys.
An extensive bus service will operate for stations around Reading and in the Thames Valley.
Between Tuesday 7 and Saturday 11 April 2015 there will be an amended service through Reading while work continues to the west of the station.
HBUG advice is to check well in advance of travel.
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