Additional peak time trains for Maidenhead passengers
Wednesday 06th May 2015
First Great Western is delighted to announce two new evening peak rail services from Paddington to Maidenhead, adding over 350 seats for passengers.
A new Monday to Friday 1642 London Paddington to Bourne End (1724) service will call at Maidenhead (1711) and plug an hour gap in services from Maidenhead between 1647 and 1747 with a 1712 departure. The service will also call at Furze Platt and Cookham. This will be supplemented with a new 1936 London Paddington to Twyford (2007) service, calling at Maidenhead at 2000.
The additional services will come into effect with First Great Western’s summer timetable, starting on Monday 18 May, increasing capacity on London Thames Valley services prior to the introduction of Electric Multiple Unit trains during 2016. In the Thames Valley, First Great Western will replace most of its Turbo commuter fleet with a mix of 58 electric trains comprised of 37 new and as-new four-carriage Class 387 trains and 21 four-carriage Class 365 trains from spring 2016.
This will increase the number of seats for commuters travelling in the high peak by 25% from 2017. These new trains can run with up to 12 coaches. In addition to the service and train enhancements, a number of stations in the Thames Valley will benefit from improvements including car park extensions, customer information, and ticketing and retail system improvements.
A new multi-story car park is planned at Didcot for delivery in 2016/17 and FGW is working with partners on further improvements to the station. Goring and Streatley will also benefit from improvements to its car park from 2016.