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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.

Discover the most photographed locations across the GWR network

Some of the most beautiful areas of the UK are on the GWR network but which destinations are the most photographed and shared on social media? Find out here.

Year 3 of GWR’s £2.2 million community fund up for grabs

A £2.2 million community improvement fund launched by Great Western Railway is now inviting applications for the third and final year to support local communities and address areas of social need.

Massive increase in Bristol train seats begins today

Over 35% more seats and better trains for Severn Beach Line as Great Western modernisation work continues. The Seven Beach Line is to benefit from 35% more seats, and better, more modern trains as Great Western Railway begins its plan to modernise services throughout the city.

Prime Minister opens railway sidings for new electric services

Prime Minister, Theresa May, officially opened a new £4.5million railway siding in her constituency of Maidenhead this morning, which will see Great Western Railway increase the number of electric, peak time trains. The sidings have been installed as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan and will ease congestion on the railway, allowing GWR to introduce a further three new eight carriage Electrostar trains, increasing capacity and improving passenger’s experience.

300 extra cycle parking spaces to be introduced at Newbury Station by Great Western Railway

Over £1.6 million allocated to improve cycle facilities at three stations. Funding will see the creation of more than 1,000 extra cycle storage spaces. Great Western Railway (GWR) has welcomed the Department for Transport’s announcement that alongside local contributions will see over £1.6 million committed to further improve cycling facilities at three stations on its network.

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