West Berkshire Council

Council welcomes biggest rail timetable change in 40 years

Faster journeys and more frequent services will be coming West Berkshire's way

2019 Electrification at Newbury Railway Station

Issued on:  9 August 2019

West Berkshire Council welcomes the announcement by Great Western Railway (GWR) that there will be a new timetable serving the Thames Valley from December 2019. 

On the popular Reading to Newbury route, passengers will benefit from an increase to three trains an hour, journey time improvements of around five minutes, and a more consistent service throughout the day with up to two fast services an hour running through to London Paddington. There will also be a third train each hour during peak periods on the Reading to Basingstoke line improving links to Mortimer Station.

With improved links, more seats and faster and more frequent journeys from West Berkshire stations to popular destinations like Reading and London, residents and businesses can celebrate these upcoming changes.

West Berkshire's Executive Member for Transport and Countryside said,

 

 "We welcome the new timetable, which builds on the unprecedented investment made by the rail industry and also the efforts of the Council and the Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership who have worked in tandem with GWR to support electrification on the Newbury to Reading, improvements to Newbury and Theale railway stations, and the provision of new faster and less polluting trains. 

"These new services will provide residents with greater choice and seats, plus shorter travel times to Reading and London, helping to boost our links with these important economic centres and meeting the council's priorities of developing local infrastructure and supporting businesses to start, develop and thrive in West Berkshire.  I urge residents to consider taking advantage of these improved services and use the train wherever possible."