Great Western Railway has announced it will not be running any long distance services this weekend as as result of strike action.

The Aslef union workers’ strike is planned for Saturday (April 6), with no direct trains between London Paddington and Reading, along with many other GWR routes, running as a result.

Chiltern Railways and other train company services will also be affected.


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The operators will run on a reduced, revised timetable, and some parts of the network will have no service.

Service will be limited for Reading to Oxford, Reading to Basingstoke, Westbury to Swindon, Cardiff to Bristol Temple Meads, Exeter St Davids to Barnstaple, Plymouth to Gunnislake, and Penzance to St Ives.

The strike may also lead to engineering works ceasing.

There is potential for further disruption from Thursday (April 4) to Saturday, and Monday (April 8) to Tuesday (April 9) due to industrial action.

Customers who purchased tickets but do not travel can claim a full refund or amend their ticket.

Bus replacement services will not be provided.

Those who travel and are delayed by 15 minutes or more may be entitled to Delay Repay compensation.

This follows similar actions from the striking union affecting other operators, so travellers are warned to check their journeys before they travel.