DISRUPTION to rail services between south Wales and Bristol/London due to flooding will continue for the remainder of the day according to Great Western Railway.

Flooding in the Royal Wootton Bassett area closed all lines between Bristol Temple Meads via Bath and Swindon and Bristol Parkway/South Wales and Swindon.

It was hoped that it would be resolved by 10am but GWR and Network Rail have now confirmed that the disruption is expected throughout the rest of the day.

GWR has also confirmed that the route between Gloucester and Swindon has now been closed, which means that there is no diversionary route to Bristol Parkway and South Wales.

Trainline is currently showing that to go from Carmarthen to Bristol Parkway, passengers will have to change at Newport to head to Filton Abbey Wood and then on to Bristol Parkway, however a number of services including the Carmarthen/Swansea train to London Paddington have been cancelled.

Where possible, some GWR services are being diverted along an alternative route between Bristol Temple Meads/Bath Spa and Reading/London Paddington, but getting to these stations for those travelling from south Wales now involves a number of changes.

Network Rail is working across the network to minimise disruption but it is expected that this disruption will last for the rest of the day and there is also a number of road routes that have been flooded, with GWR saying that they are not able to provide alternative transport.

Customers for GWR travelling to the Bristol, Swindon and Bath areas are being advised to delay their journeys and travel tomorrow instead. If tickets are booked for today, they will be able to be used on Saturday, October 21.

Tickets will be accepted by a number of bus companies and Transport For Wales will be carrying passengers between Newport and Gloucester in both directions with CrossCountry carrying passengers between Bristol Temple Meads and Cheltenham Spa via Bristol Parkway in both directions, with Great Western Railway tickets being accepted on both of these routes.

Customers with tickets for today who do not travel can claim a full refund or can amend their tickets. If travelling today and passengers are delayed by 15 minutes or more, they may be entitled to delay repay compensation.

For the latest information visit www.gwr.com/travel-information/travel-updates/live-network-updates