Hints and Tips

  • If your journey is delayed you may be entitled to compensation. Use the Delay Claim Form menu to download a compensation claim form.

  • Off peak trains are: All day Saturday and Sunday, Weekday eastbound from 0843 onwards. Weekday from Paddington: 1006 to 1607 inclusive, 1707, 1807, 1906 and later.

  • Discounts are available to holders of Railcards. Railcards cost between £20 and £30 and offer a third off certain fares. On weekdays the 16-25 Railcard, Senior Railcard and Disabled Persons Railcard are all valid on the 0843 onwards. The Network Railcard (available to any adult not eligible for any other type of railcard) is not valid until the 0939. At weekends railcards are valid all day.

  • Don't forget if you are intending travelling on the underground you can buy a One Day Travelcard to include the tube.

  • Bedwyn is a penalty fare station so you need to buy a ticket before boarding. However, the ticket machine does not take cash so, in this instance, buy a ticket at the earliest opportunity. The on train ticket sellers are used to this. Useful article from The Times: "Alongside shameless fare dodgers, rail companies penalise many people who have been unable to buy tickets because of long queues or closed tills or machines. As with parking tickets, paying a penalty fare on demand is seen as an admission of guilt. Instead, you are entitled to pay the full single fare — and no more — on the spot, and to give the ticket collector your contact details. You will later receive a letter demanding further payment and should reply immediately, again refusing to pay and explaining why you could not buy a ticket. The Department for Transport’s (DFT) Penalty Fares Rules 2002 state that a penalty fare must not be charged where there were “no facilities available” for selling the appropriate ticket. The DFT says in clauses 4.2 and 4.11 of its Penalty Fares Policy that passengers must be given sufficient opportunity to buy a ticket and that queues of more than three minutes, off-peak, and five minutes in peak time breach what is “sufficient”. Note also that season ticket holders who forget their ticket should request a “nil-fare” notice when challenged. They may be charged the full single fare, but this is refundable on production of the ticket."

  • Shopping tips: Newbury and Reading, both having direct trains from Bedwyn, offer good shopping centres. Reading has the modern Oracle shopping centre. To get to The Oracle exit the station through the main entrance turn left, and follow the road straight ahead (Station Road leading into Queen Victoria Street). You will meet with Broad Street (opposite John Lewis). Turn left and The Oracle is on the right hand side, opposite.

  • Change at Westbury for Bath Spa, Bristol Temple Meads, Portsmouth, Southampton and Cardiff. Also, where the service is not direct, change at Westbury for Frome, Castle Cary, Taunton, Tiverton Parkway and Exeter St Davids.

  • Heathrow Airport: Take the train from Bedwyn station and pick up the RailAir coach service at Reading. To reach the coach departure point head through the main ticket barrier then take a diagonal left to the far side of the station concourse. Through tickets can be purchased on the train from Bedwyn. Typically coaches depart every twenty minutes to thirty minutes and ties in well with our train timetable. See www.railair.com or phone 0118 957 9425 for further details.

  • Gatwick Airport: Gatwick Airport is better served by trains than Heathrow with direct services from Reading. Simply board at Bedwyn and buy a through ticket then change at Reading (platforms 4a and 4b), though best to check your times first on either www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk or by calling 08457 484950

  • Bristol International Airport: Travel to Bristol Temple Meads and then take the Bristol Flyer direct coach service. If your flight times permit you may be able to make use of our limited westbound service. If not then change at Reading. For further details on the coach call 0871 200 2233.

  • Exeter International Airport: An hourly Stagecoach bus, service 56, departs Exeter St David’s station for the airport. For further details on the bus call 0871 200 2233. We have a number of direct and connecting services to Exeter.

  • Birmingham International Airport: Birmingham International Airport is served by direct trains from Reading.

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