Christmas travel to London: Paddington Station will be completely closed from Christmas Eve morning until afternoon of 29 December. GWR services will terminate at various points on the Underground so that passengers can continue their journeys into London.
All trains from Castle Cary will stop at Ealing Broadway, some four miles short of Paddington. This is the starting point for two of the most important Underground lines, Central and District. We have checked a couple of times from there by way of example: to Oxford Circus (Central line) – about 25 minutes, and to Victoria (District Line) – about 30 minutes. The frequency of services is every 3–4 minutes. The busiest times at Ealing Broadway Tube station are 8–8.30am and 5.15–6pm on weekdays. If you are able to travel outside these times, you could have a quicker and more comfortable journey.
What is clear is that the congestion at this relatively small station will be considerable. In view of this Great Western Railways advise those travelling with children or luggage, and those needing assistance, to get off at Reading and change there to a Waterloo train; these are every half hour and take nearly an hour and a half.
Apparently the problem is construction work on Crossrail, which runs beside the GWR tracks on the way into Paddington Station and is building a major station of its own there.
Our website www.brutoncarytrains.co.uk has easy access to timetables and ticket booking sites, and on its Useful Links page has a link to Crossrail’s highly informative website and of course to Transport for London’s.