A train strike update has just come through warning travellers of upcoming disruptions. 

Great Western Railway has warned it won’t operate any long-distance services, direct trains between London Paddington and Reading, and trains on many other parts of its network this Saturday.

The Aslef union has announced strike action that will affect Great Western Railway, Chiltern Railways and other train operators on Saturday 6 April.   

A reduced, revised timetable will operate across several train operators, including GWR.

Many parts of the GWR network will have no service at all and trains that are running will only be operating for a limited period during the day.   

Only a very limited service will run on the following GWR routes, between 0700 and around 1900:    

  • Reading and Oxford  
  • Reading and Basingstoke  
  • Westbury and Swindon (peak time only)  
  • Cardiff and Bristol Temple Meads 
  • Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple  
  • Plymouth and Gunnislake  
  • Penzance and St Ives  

Due to engineering works, there will be no GWR trains between London Paddington and Reading.

No long-distance services will operate on the GWR network, and strike action will also affect other operators.  

In addition, there could be further disruption from Thursday April 4 to Saturday 6 and from Monday April 8 to Tuesday 9, due to industrial action.

This is likely to cause some short-notice alterations and cancellations, especially at the weekend or late at night.   

A rolling programme of strike action affecting other rail operators is also due to take place between these dates, so onward travel could also be affected.   

On the days after strikes, services could also be affected by a limited number of short-notice cancellations and alterations. 

A spokesperson for GWR said: "If you intend to travel where trains are running, you are warned to check both outward and return journeys before you travel.  

"Where trains can run, they are expected to be extremely busy and bus replacement services are not able to be provided. "

Customers who purchased tickets but do not travel can claim a full ticket refund. Those who travel and are delayed may be entitled to delay repay compensation if they are delayed by 15 minutes or more.