Great Western Railway is to launch The Welshman today, one of 59 daily train services between Cardiff and London Paddington, to mark the re-opening of the Severn Tunnel. Taking the number of direct daily services from Cardiff to London Paddington back to 29 a day, the 07:28 service from Swansea will be named Y Cymro – The Welshman.
ABB and UK Power Networks Services have joined forces in a consortium to deliver a turnkey project for the creation of 30 new traction power substations (25-0-25 kV) for Network Rail’s Great Western Electrification Programme.
First Great Western has announced a time scale for the implementation of free Wi-Fi on board its High Speed Train fleet and Night Riviera Sleeper services. In October First Great Western pledged to increase Wi-Fi provision as part of its new, 23-month franchise.
A 19th century Great Western Railway clock has been lovingly restored to its former glory by Network Rail after it stopped working two years ago.
The new 15 year Great Western franchise will see passengers benefit from new express trains, additional capacity, smart card ticketing and passenger satisfaction targets as part of proposals being put forward by Rail Minister Theresa Villiers.
Arriva welcomed the naming of its G.W. Trains Ltd as one of the shortlisted companies announced today by the Department for Transport to have pre-qualified to bid for the Great Western rail franchise.
First Great Western is set to recognise the Great Western Society’s 50th anniversary with a special train naming ceremony.
Rail demand on the Great Western is set to grow by 31% in 2019 and further investments in longer trains, more services and infrastructure will be vital to meet the boom, a draft proposal by the rail industry unveils today.
THE UK Government’s recent announcement of £1.1 billion to electrify the Great Western main line and the route between Liverpool and Manchester, via Newton-le-Willows, masked a series of announcements of rail-related plans—adding up to a further £1.2 billion—in the English regions.