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GWR Updates – November 2020

By November 19, 2020January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates, Transport

We have a new timetable starting on Sunday 13 December, with both weekend and weekday changes.  Online timetable journey planners have been updated, and you can download copies of specific timetable booklets from our website on


Our rationale has been to produce a timetable that is robust and reliable, that our customers can count on, and that our teams can deliver.  This will be challenging.


As with any business Covid-19 is impacting on our available staff numbers and our teams are working very hard to keep services running on time.  I am very proud of all they have done, and really grateful for the support our stakeholders and partners have given us as we have built back services and built back rail travel.  As part of that we will be returning to our full Sunday Exmouth/Paignton service pattern from December. We will also be introducing two new services on our Newquay branch line, including an early morning departure to meet a long held aspiration.


You may well also have noticed that we now have a Class 166 turbo service operating on our Barnstaple route. We are planning to introduce more turbo operated services on this route and on our Exmouth/Paignton route, and as promised we will say goodbye to the Class 143 Pacers in December.


If 2020 has taught us anything however, we know that predicting the future is not easy, and while we will be working hard to maintain this timetable through to May 2021, we may need to make further changes during the course of the timetable.  If that happens, we will keep you informed and we will work with you, and the Department for Transport, to make sure that we are delivering a safe and efficient railway, doing the best we can for our customers and for the communities that rely on us.