The MPs for Gloucester (Richard Graham) and Cheltenham (Alex Chalk) have welcomed the introduction of two additional direct rail services to London.
Great Western Railways (GWR) will introduce an extra morning direct service, which leaves Cheltenham at 9:19, Gloucester at 9:33 and arrives into London Paddington at 11:32, and afternoon return leaving Paddington at 16:36, Gloucester at 18:47 and Cheltenham at 19:02.
This service was originally due at the start of this year, but the timetabling issues Network Rail experienced last Summer have caused a more gradual introduction to avoid similar disruption in May.
Richard said: “We all hoped the additional hourly services would be in place in May, but this extra service is an encouraging start, with much more intended by New Year 2020, as a result of work between the 2 MPs, GWR and the Department for Transport. The key is Network Rail getting timetabling sorted.”
Alex said: “It’s been a long slog to get to this point, but I’m pleased that the collective efforts of GWR, the MPs and the DfT have got us over the line. This improved connectivity will significantly benefit Cheltenham commuters, and enhance Gloucestershire’s growing status as the pre-eminent regional centre for cyber-security start-ups.”
Note to Editors
- These services are part of a broader package of upgrades to deliver faster journeys to London from the South Cotswolds, which will see the introduction of direct hourly trains, currently scheduled for December 2019. Gloucester and Cheltenham are currently served by 1 direct train every two hours to London and one indirect service including a change at Swindon.