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First Great Western reveals upgrade plans following franchise approval

First Great Western reveals upgrade plans following franchise approval

23rd Mar 2015 Rail News

First Great Western has announced proposals to deliver the largest train fleet upgrade in a generation on the Great Western network as part of its plans for the new franchise that starts in September, and will run until at least April 2019. In a deal put together with the department for transport, First Great Western’s plans would see the age of First Great Western’s train fleet cut by more than half, and would create for our customers 9,000 additional seats every day by the end of the franchise.

British Airways welcomes rail companies into fold with single ticket journeys

British Airways welcomes rail companies into fold with single ticket journeys

1st Dec 2014 Airline News Rail News

Britain’s biggest scheduled airline and two train companies are making international travel easier for their customers in Wales and the West of England. A single booking will now combine air and rail travel, with hassle-free connections, thanks to a new partnership between British Airways, Heathrow Express and First Great Western. From December 5th these tickets will be available to book through travel agents for travel from 11 First Great Western stations. 

Flybe training on track for First Great Western

Flybe training on track for First Great Western

21st Feb 2013 Press Release Airline News Rail News

A contract sealed between two of the country’s leading regional transport providers will see the internationally renowned Flybe Training Academy delivering a specially designed Customer Service training course to over 1,000 employees of First Great Western (FGW) rail over the next nine months.

Vital link for Cornwall gets more comfortable

Vital link for Cornwall gets more comfortable

24th Nov 2012 Press Release Rail News

One of only three overnight ‘sleeper’ services in the country, First Great Western has updated old fashioned blankets for modern day duvets, ensuring all on-board can have an even more restful night’s sleep.

Bristol Temple Meads, one of first stations to get electric trains

Bristol Temple Meads, one of first stations to get electric trains

23rd Nov 2012 Press Release Rail News

Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin visited Bristol Temple Meads station recently. He toured the station, which will play a key role in the electrification of the Great Western mainline and viewed the location for planned additional platforms. The visit follows the Government’s summer announcement to invest £9.4 billion in electrification and £4 billion in new intercity trains.

First Great Western: More services announced for the Avocet line

First Great Western: More services announced for the Avocet line

25th Oct 2012 Press Release Rail News

First Great Western has announced that there will be extra Sunday services on the Avocet Line between Exmouth and Exeter for the six weeks running up to Christmas.  Starting next month trains will run every half hour on Sundays, instead of the usual hourly Sunday service.