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Special High Speed Train tour for cancer charity

Great Western Railway is to provide a special, one-off charter train from London to Buckfastleigh and Heathfield to help treat people suffering from prostate cancer.

First Great Western Becomes Great Western Railway as Part of Historic Re-brand

20th September 2015: Today, railway company First Great Western will be re-named Great Western Railway (GWR) as it marks the biggest investment in the railways since Brunel. The re-brand is centred on the company’s commitment to putting its people and customers first.

New fleet of trains to bring better journeys to the South West

Government gives go-ahead to £360 million state-of-the-art train fleet running between London and Cornwall.

“All aboard?” Bristol currency now accepted at Bristol Temple Meads station

The Bristol Pound, the UK’s first city-wide local currency is to be accepted by First Great Western for the first time at our Bristol Temple Meads station.

First Great Western looks forward to hearing from the RMT

First Great Western looks forward to hearing from the RMT, having made a revised offer about the introduction of Super Express Trains during talks on Tuesday aimed at resolving the dispute.

Rail strike: RMT planned industrial action

Services expected to be significantly affected from Thursday 09 July to start of service on Saturday 11 July.

Great Western electrification announcement

"We're pleased to note that the Transport Secretary called electrification of the Great Western Mainline a top priority, and that Network Rail should concentrate its efforts on getting this crucial upgrade right."

Travelling to South Wales late this evening? Check before you travel

First Great Western is warning customers that journey times into South Wales may be extended by up to 45 minutes as Network Rail carries out emergency engineering work around Cardiff.

A reading to Reading and beyond

Rail passengers were treated to a special treat this week with an on board book reading by First Great Western’s writer on the train.

Only bring what you can carry and charge your phone: Advice to Glastonbury Festival travellers

Only bring what you can carry, remember to charge your phone if you have an electronic ticket and remember your young person’s rail card is the advice from the company running over 50 extra trains to help revellers attend the Glastonbury Festival 2015.

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