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First new trains in a generation launched by GWR

Great Western Railway’s brand new Intercity Express Train carried passengers for the first time today, marking the next stage in the biggest fleet upgrade on the Great Western in 40 years.

Emergency engineering work prompts advice to avoid travel by rail this weekend

Great Western Railway is warning customers to avoid travel by rail this weekend on journeys that would normally pass through Reading as Network Rail carries out emergency engineering work in the Reading area at short notice.

GWR to launch new Pullman Menu

Great Western Railway (GWR) will unveil a new menu on offer to customers using its Pullman services from later this month.

Popular South Bristol station reaches 90th birthday

Parson Street station has celebrated its 90th anniversary with a special, free family event on Sunday 3 September. Visitors were able to see the Torbay Express steam train pass through the station at 0920, and watch the unveiling of a special commemorative plaque about the station’s history.

Have you submitted your bid? Year 3 of GWR’s £2.2 million community fund closing soon

Applications for the third and final year of Great Western Railway’s £2.2 million community improvement fund must be submitted soon. Closing date Thursday 31 August. Complete the online form.

New Intercity Express Trains for Devon and Cornwall begin testing

Passengers in the South West are a step closer to experiencing new trains as Hitachi begins testing the Class 802 Intercity Express Train fleet.

Railway reopens through Oxford following upgrade work

Work which will enable improvements in line speeds to ease congestion on the railway into and out of Oxford has been completed as part of a £200 million upgrade programme, allowing services between Oxford, Didcot and Banbury to run as normal on Monday 31 July.

Free concert provided for Reading station customers

Reading’s Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) stepped out from the comfort of the concert hall to present a free public event at Reading station on Saturday afternoon, 22 July.

GWR agrees sponsorship deal with Visit Bath

Great Western Railway (GWR) has agreed a partnership deal with Visit Bath, helping to continue to promote the city as a leading UK destination.

How will my rail journey be disrupted during Oxford works?

Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 July Network Rail will be carrying out railway upgrade work in the Oxford area next week which will impact those travelling between Banbury, Oxford and Didcot Parkway. With new Great Western Railway (GWR) Intercity Express Trains set to deliver over a fifth more seats per train and more frequent, Network Rail will undertake track reconfiguration to the south of Oxford station.

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