Two updates via Henley Trains:
Firstly, Bond Street Station on the Elizabeth Line has opened. This enables a swift transfer from Paddington. Take the front of the train from Paddington for the exit at Hanover Square, just around the corner from Regent Street/Oxford Circus. Take the back of the train for Bond Street station and change to the Central and Jubilee lines. Elizabeth Line trains will run directly from Twyford through central London from 7 November but check timings as GWR trains are likely to be quicker as far as Paddington in most cases.
Secondly, please find a note below from GWR regarding the next wave of rail strikes.
Dear Henley Herald Readers.
You may have seen that further strike dates have been announced by the RMT in the coming weeks. On Saturday 5 November and Wednesday 9 November, RMT members at both train operators (on board and station staff) and Network Rail (signallers) will be on strike; Network Rail staff will also strike on Monday 7 November. Some TSSA grades at Network Rail will also be on strike on 5 and 7 and 9 November.
Many parts of our network will have no service at all on these dates. Where we are able to run services these will start later and finish earlier than usual, and expected to be very busy. We will keep our dedicate strike page updated at www.gwr.com/strike which will include the routes we can run on once confirmed.
Our teams are working as quickly as possible to confirm the train plan for both the strike days and the days in between. We will be in touch again next week once we have this detail. There will also be some knock-on impact to days following the strikes and it is likely that late evening services the day before strikes will be affected.
Our advice to customers will be not to travel on strike dates unless absolutely necessary. This includes travel to Cardiff for the Welsh rugby international on Saturday 5 November, where there will be no GWR services from Cardiff after the match and no rail replacement services in operation. Revised timetables will be entered into journey planners as quickly as possible.
There will also be some impact to services on dates between the strike days, Friday 4th November and Sunday 6th November, with services starting later than usual and potentially finishing earlier.
Refunds will be available without fee, and tickets can be used on alternatives dates. All information about the strikes is on our dedicated webpage www.gwr.com/strike which will update as soon as we have further timetable information.
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