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Disruption to rail services between Reading and London Paddington this Sunday, 26 March

Passengers travelling on services between Reading and London Paddington this Sunday, 26 March, should check before they travel and plan their journeys to start after 1300 if possible. Network Rail will undertake vital Crossrail work between Reading and Hayes & Harlington. Great Western Railway will operate diverted rail or bus replacement services between Reading and London Paddington until 1300.


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“Blooming St Thomas” mural launched at Exeter St Thomas Station

A special event was held at Exeter St Thomas Station on Saturday, 11 March, to celebrate the new “Blooming St Thomas” mural which is the latest improvement at the station, following installation of new waiting shelters and the Eco Garden in 2015.

Under starters orders for the Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival goers are under starter’s orders as they prepare to board Great Western Railway services, with the train operator providing enough extra seats to carry everyone in the grand stand 3.5 times over.

How do I get to Blenheim Palace?

Rail and bus operators to launch new service to save money on entry to World Heritage Site. Great Western Railway has teamed up with Blenheim Palace and two local bus companies to offer travel and reduced cost entry to the World Heritage site in a single transaction from tomorrow, Friday 10 March.

Advice for Bath Half runners: Allow time to get to the start line - enough extra trains to transport half the Rec

Advice for Bath Half runners: Great Western Railway is to run enough extra trains to transport half the Rec this weekend, helping competitors and spectators attend the Bath Half Marathon. Eight additional early morning trains will help take runners to the start line for 11am, while there will also be an additional 14 services to take runners and supporters home after the gruelling race; providing over 7,500 extra seats in total.

Apprentices take over railway station

The number of people to have passed through a railway apprenticeship scheme is enabling a train operator to staff an entire station, Great Western Railway has revealed today. In support of National Apprentice Week, the rail company is to run Bristol Parkway Station for a day with current and former apprentices.

Rail Minister travels on special TransWilts train to honour valuable role of community rail

Rail Minister Paul Maynard has today travelled on a special train service to mark the role of community rail and to visit the proposed site of a new station at Wilton.

GWR Managing Director named as Industry Leader

Great Western Railway’s Managing Director has been named as Industry Leader of the Year at a top rail awards ceremony in London. Mark Hopwood, MD of GWR since December 2008, was named as the recipient of the special award at last Friday night’s Rail Business Awards 2017.

Direct services to Bedwyn and Frome to continue as work begins on new fleet of trains

Great Western Railway says it will be able to continue to operate direct services to Bedwyn and Frome next year, as work on its new fleet of Intercity Express Trains begins in Italy. With electrification of the line extending as far as Newbury the new trains, capable of running on both diesel and electric, will mean that GWR is able to continue to operate direct services to Bedwyn, Hungerford and Kintbury, promising more seats on bigger, better, brand new trains for customers.

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