Great Western Railway has announced a temporary timetable will be in place today due to Covid-19 cases impacting staff levels.

The train company has said the reduced services are due to “higher than usual levels of staff being absent or self-isolating due to Covid”.

The timetable came into force on Saturday, January 8 with GWR hoping it will mean the company “can provide the majority of our usual, planned trains, and drastically reduce the number of short notice cancellations”.

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There are a number of services running through Oxford which will be impacted by the cancellations and reduced timetable. 

The Oxford trains impacted by the reduced timetable are:

  • 04:49 Hereford to London Paddington will start from Oxford (except Monday 10 January)
  • 22:00 Hereford to London Paddington will not run between Worcester Shrub Hill and Oxford
  • 19:50 London Paddington to Hereford will terminate at Worcester Shrub Hill
  • 22:50 London Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill will terminate at Oxford

The temporary timetable will be updated on a weekly basis and GWR expect it to only be in operation for a short time, until the impact of the Omicron variant has reduced.

The company has urged people to check before they travel and if they choose not to travel on a cancelled service they can seek a refund.


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