The full train timetable for services going to Glastonbury Festival was released this morning – and it’s not looking great for revelers.
Next week the RMT and other railway unions are planning ‘the biggest railway strike in modern history’ in a dispute over pay and conditions.
You can find out more about what they ask for here.
While the London-Castle Cary (the nearest station to the festival) and Bristol-Castle Cary routes are among those running, the outlook is poor for ticket holders traveling by train.
A usually busy line has been reduced to a handful of services on key travel days, suggesting they will be packed with passengers unable to make it through the road.
Here are the trains GWR plans to run during the festival days along the main routes to Castle Cary.
Although the festival has yet to begin, thousands of volunteers and workers are heading to the site on Tuesday.
London Paddington to Castle Cary: Departure 9:32 a.m., 10:48 a.m., 11:32 a.m., 1:02 p.m., 1:32 p.m., 4:45 p.m.
Bristol Parkway to Castle Cary: 10:05 a.m., 1:06 p.m., 2:06 p.m.
Wednesday is not a strike day, but services may operate at a reduced level to normal. This may impact what is usually the biggest travel day for those heading to the festival.
London Paddington to Castle Cary: 7:48 am, 8:04 am, 8:32 am, 9:37 am, 10:35 am, 12:33 pm, 1:32 pm, 2:36 pm, 4:04 pm, 4:36 pm, 5:36 pm, 6:36 pm, 8:03 pm, 9:04 pm
Bristol Parkway to Castle Cary: 8:23 am, 9:18 am, 10:16 am, 11:15 am, 12:17 pm, 2:16 pm, 4:16 pm, 4:41 pm, 5:16 pm, 6:17 pm, 8:24 pm, 8:30 pm, 9:25 pm
It’s not looking very good for anyone who couldn’t get the annual leave to go to the festival on Wednesday.
Trains are usually packed on Thursdays, when trains are running well, so who knows how miserable things could get this year.
London Paddington to Castle Cary: 7:44 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:07 a.m., 11:02 a.m., 11:32 a.m., 1:02 p.m., 1:32 p.m., 2:45 p.m.
Bristol Parkway to Castle Cary: 8:03 a.m., 9:07 a.m., 10:05 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 1:06 p.m.
Friday is another non-strike day, but again service is reduced from usual.
London Paddington to Castle Cary: 7:04 am, 7:32 am, 9:37 am, 10:35 am, 12:33 pm, 1:32 pm, 2:36 pm, 4:04 pm, 4:36 pm, 5:36 pm, 6:36 pm, 8:03 pm, 9:04 pm
Bristol Parkway to Castle Cary: 7:22 am, 8:23 am, 9:04 am, 9:18 am, 10:16 am, 11:15 am, 12:17 pm, 2:16 pm, 4:15 pm, 4:41 pm, 5:16 pm, 6:17 pm, 8:24 pm, 8:30 pm, 9:25 pm
GWR says it has written to customers who have booked services which have now changed times due to the strikes.
“Any customer booked on any train service outside of the hours we may operate will be able to travel on an earlier service / to assist customers, GWR is allowing people with tickets to travel on strike days to be able to travel on the day before and up to two days after,” a company spokesperson said.
To see all the trains running next week, including services from your home town to the Glastonbury line, click here.
It looks very good that the strikes will continue last week, despite Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’ call for them to be called off.
The Cabinet Minister made a direct appeal to those embarking on a three-day walkout next week, saying they ‘risk being disbarred’.
He also said the government planned to introduce legislation to allow the use of agency workers on the railways in industrial action “if the strike drags on”.
Transport for London (TfL) also “strongly encouraged” people not to travel on the London Underground on June 21 due to a 24-hour strike by the RMT and Unite.
In a speech at a north London rail depot, Mr Shapps said the strikes would be ‘damaging’ for railway workers and their families.