Great Western Railway services in Worcester are set to be affected due to engineering work.

Network Rail revealed plans to replace the tracks between Worcester Shrub Hill and Evesham stations in the interest of maintaining safety and reliability, with the work scheduled from Monday, April 22 to Friday, April 26.

The work will cause disruptions to trains operating between Evesham and Hereford as well as between Cheltenham Spa and Worcester Foregate Street.


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Trains will continue to run between London Paddington and Evesham via Oxford despite the engineering works.

Also, train services between Gloucester, Cheltenham Spa, Ashchurch for Tewkesbury, and Worcestershire Parkway will still be operated by CrossCountry.

West Midlands Railway will still operate train services between Worcester Foregate Street and Hereford.

However, replacement buses will be in service between Worcester Foregate Street and Evesham or Cheltenham Spa.

During the period of the planned work, all parking bays at Evesham station will be suspended.

Billy White, GWR station manager for Oxford, Didcot, and North Cotswolds, said: "This improvement work forms part of an ongoing programme of maintenance, helping to ensure that we can continue to provide consistent and reliable services.

"GWR will provide rail replacement services between Evesham or Cheltenham Spa and Worcester Foregate Street.

"Ticket acceptance has also been agreed to enable customers to travel on other train services between London and Worcester or Hereford instead.

“However, these alternative travel arrangements via Birmingham or Bristol Parkway will make journey times much longer, so please check before you travel.”

Lead portfolio manager for Network Rail, Mark Parker, said: "We’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carry out this essential track replacement in the North Cotswolds.

"Once complete, this vital work will enable continued safe and reliable services to run on this popular route for years to come."

Check for the latest updates regarding transport services during the maintenance period.