Golden Valley Line

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Golden Valley Line
Principal stations

(Great Western Main Line)
Gloucester (reverse)
Cheltenham Spa
(Bristol-Birmingham Main Line)

The Golden Valley Line is a railway line from Swindon to Standish Junction, which is just south of Gloucester, UK. Most passenger services continue beyond Gloucester to Cheltenham Spa.

The line diverges from the Great Western Main Line at Swindon, and, (after going through the Sapperton railway tunnel and down the Golden Valley to Stroud), joins the main Bristol to Birmingham main line at Gloucester. The intermediate towns served by the route are listed below.

Kemble used to a be a former junction for two branch lines serving Cirencester and Tetbury. Both of these lines closed in the 1960s and the Swindon-Kemble section of the line was reduced to single track. Today, Kemble station is mainly used by commuters from Cirencester.

Local passenger services operated between Swindon and Cheltenham are currently operated by First Great Western. Services are approximately hourly, but with some gaps. These are filled by express services from London Paddington to Cheltenham (via the Golden Valley), which are operated by First Great Western.

Railway lines in South-West England and the "Great Western" zone :
Main lines:  Cross-Country Route   Great Western Main Line
 Cherwell Valley Line   Gloucester-Newport Line   Exeter-Paignton "Riviera" Line   South Wales Main Line  
 Wessex Main Line   West of England Main Line   
Commuter lines:  Severn Beach Line   Slough-Windsor & Eton Line
Rural lines:  Exeter-Barnstaple "Tarka" Line   Exeter-Exmouth "Avocet" Line   Golden Valley Line   Heart of Wessex Line  
 Henley Branch Line   Looe Valley Line   Marlow Branch Line   Par-Newquay "Atlantic Coast" Line  
 St Ives Bay Line   Tamar Valley Line   Truro-Falmouth "Maritime" Line