Make the most of the late summer sun with a final travel adventure

Great Western Railway is to run one last weekend of high summer services, as the good weather makes a final seaside visit possible.

The train operator, which changes its timetable to take account of seasonal demand during the summer holidays, will continue with the extra trains this weekend before reverting to its usual May timetable.

Ever been to the 13th century picturesque harbour at Tenby, the beautiful white, sandy beaches of Saundersfoot, or walked the beautiful Pembroke coast? Have you considered a final pasty in Perranporth, a quick paddle in Weymouth, or an away day to Carbis Bay?

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Services on Saturday will see:

  • Additional Weymouth services from Swindon and Bristol, to help those spend a day on the famous beach
  • South Wales trains extended to serve Pembroke Dock (for connecting trains to Tenby and beyond)
  • Direct Newquay services to/from London Paddington
  • Extra direct services to/from Paignton
  • Extra 10 carriage trains services between Penzance and Plymouth, with many going all the way from/to London Paddington

On Sunday

  • Additional Weymouth services from Swindon and Bristol, to help those spend a day on the famous beach
  • Later evening services on the Gunnislake branch
  • Additional services beyond Oxford to Banbury
  • Extra trains continuing to be provided on some Cornish branch lines (St Ives, Looe)

The summer timetable ends on Monday 11 September, with the vast majority of the summer extended services ending on Sunday evening.

GWR Sales and Marketing Director Amanda Burns said:

“With unseasonable hot weather due for the rest of the week and the weekend, we wanted to remind people of the high summer services we operate – and maybe help inspire you take one final adventure this summer.”

GWR is also reminding people to be mindful of any weather warnings in place; to carry water with you, and do not proceed with your journey if you feel unwell.

Stations have stores of water, and it is available on board most trains too, but it is sensible to have your own.

Those without school age children can not only benefit from the better weather, but also quieter trains if they are looking for a mid-week adventure.

Sunday 10 September will see the first stage of work to upgrade signals through Cornwall with buses replacing trains between Plymouth and Penzance. Branch line trains between Liskeard and Looe as well as between St Erth and St Ives will continue to run to the high summer timetable.

For more information about some of the destinations served by GWR, please visit: https://www.gwr.com/stations-and-destinations/destinations.