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More train time changes in December (updated)

GWR (the rebranded First Great Western) will be introducing several improvements to the afternoon timetable from 14th December - including restoring an eight-coach train on the notoriously overcrowded 15.50 from Paddington, and a late-night Friday service from London.

The principal changes are:

  • 13.21 service from London will be 8 coaches (currently 5).
  • New 15.22 service from London, 16.18 from Oxford, 16.38 arrival at Charlbury. (5 coaches.)
  • 15.50 service from London (~16.49 from Oxford) will be 8 coaches (currently 5). Train will terminate at Moreton.
  • 16.22 service from London no longer terminates at Oxford, but is merged with the 'Oxfordshire Halts' train to continue as a through service (dep. 17.26) to Charlbury and Great Malvern. (5 coaches.)
  • New Fridays-only 23.18 from London, 00.37 from Oxford, 00.53 arrival at Charlbury. (Continues to Moreton-in-Marsh: see timetable.)

Off-Peak tickets will be valid on all the services above, but unfortunately Super Off-Peak tickets will not be valid on the new 15.22.

Full details of the timetable changes, including several other smaller changes, are on the Cotswold Line Promotion Group's website.

Chiltern Railways' new Oxford Parkway station at Water Eaton opens on 26th October, which is expected to provide a more reliable and cheaper alternative for many train users.

Richard Fairhurst · Wed 12 Aug 2015, 19:01 · Link

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