FGW promises more seats on trains by 2018
PUBLISHED: 15:44 15 April 2015
MORE trains will travel from London to Weston each week, after First Great Western (FGW) agreed a new deal to run rail services across the South West.
The Department for Transport has awarded it a new franchise deal until at least April 2019.
FGW has promised passengers it will add more seats to its services, increase train frequencies from key stations and speed up journeys to the capital.
From 2017, one extra service a day will travel between London Paddington and Weston Railway Station.
FGW also promises to provide additional secure bike parking at Weston and Yatton stations too.
Other changes planned include providing free wi-fi on trains by then end of the franchise period.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “I am determined passengers in the West get a railway fit for the 21st century. This is a fantastic deal, which will give them more seats, more services and brand new fleets of modern trains.”
FGW says it will provide three million extra seats to passengers by December 2018 on 29 new trains.
Mark Hopwood, its managing director, said: “We have been talking to our customers and partners in the South West for some time about the benefits new trains could bring and, for us, it was the most compelling solution we could recommend to the Government.
“The railway is central to the connectivity and economic prosperity of the region. The Great Western network is seeing the biggest investment since Brunel, and this deal has been designed to match that investment and ambition.
“It gives passengers newer trains, faster, more frequent services and importantly, given the growth this franchise has seen in recent years, more seats.”