Keep up to date with the latest news from our network, including information on improvements, popular journeys, onboard events – even Royal passengers.


Cheers to a cuppa on Zoom as Great Western Railway marks Blue Monday

Great Western Railway has gone virtual in support of Samaritans’ Brew Monday campaign to encourage people to connect over a cuppa on what is thought to be the most difficult day of the year.

Coronavirus travel update – reduced timetable to remain in place

GWR has announced that it will continue to operate a reduced timetable and will further review service provision in light of the Government’s latest national lockdown announcement.

GWR to give charities a boost for Twelve Days of Christmas

Partridges and pear trees will be replaced by charities this year as Great Western Railway (GWR) celebrates the Twelve Days of Christmas a little differently.

Great Western Railway wish Captain Tom ‘Happy Christmas’ by knighting his train

Great Western Railway (GWR) has added Captain Tom’s knighthood to the train named after the Covid-19 fundraising hero.

GWR stalwart signals end to 55-year career at Reading station

It was the year England won the World Cup – and the year Great Western Railway’s Pat Kemp began a lifelong career at Reading station.

An early start welcomes new services on the Newquay branch line

Representatives from Great Western Railway (GWR), Cornwall Council and Network Rail braved a cold morning to give a warm welcome to the new December timetable today which sees four new early morning Newquay-Par services.

GWR Customer Ambassador eyes spot in Christmas bestseller book charts

A psychological thriller is set to take one of GWR’s Customer Ambassadors into the bestseller book charts this Christmas.

Travel as early as you can and book your space, says GWR

Train operator GWR has issued guidance for those looking to travel this festive holiday period and warned that services immediately before and after the Christmas bubble period are set to be in demand.

Rail improvement works to take place in West Cornwall

Works to improve the railway in West Cornwall begin on Saturday 5 December 2020, with amended train services and replacement buses in operation to keep people moving.

When lockdown is over can I travel by train? Student travel advice

Train operator GWR has issued guidance for those looking to return home during the Government’s ‘student travel window’. After lockdown ends next week, the Government has proposed a week-long window from Thursday 3 to Wednesday 9 December to help university students safely travel home.