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Great Western Railway enjoys double success at the Golden Spanner Awards

Great Western Railway scooped two trophies at the rail industry’s prestigious Golden Spanner Awards – including Gold for its Castle Class HST fleet.

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Great Western Railway HR director scoops top award

Great Western Railway’s Ruth Busby has been named HR Director of the Year at the Personnel Today Awards 2021.

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Planned engineering work in the Dorchester area may affect your rail journey

Train services between Somerset and Dorset will be affected by rail improvements planned to take place during November and December.

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Railway restored: regular trains to run on Dartmoor Line for first time in 50 years

  • First passenger train on the first Restoring Your Railway reopening runs on Wednesday, 17 November, ahead of public services resuming on Saturday, 20 November  
  • Restored in just 9 months, and delivered £10m under budget, transforming a mothballed former freight railway to regular services.
  • Reopening is the first of the Government’s Restoring Your Railway schemes to return to service, fulfilling a manifesto commitment. 
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Guinness World Records holder joins Poppies to Paddington operation

GWR again links up with The Veterans Charity for Remembrance Day

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Teenager designs winning entry in Dartmoor Line logo competition

Teenager Tom Watts is the winner of a Great Western Railway competition to design a logo marking the launch of the Dartmoor Line next week.

Station Photography Exhibition to be opened by Mayor of Cheltenham

Station Photography Exhibition opened by Mayor of Cheltenham

The Mayor of Cheltenham has cut the ribbon on an exhibition of local photography which is being displayed in the waiting room of Cheltenham Spa station.

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Prime Minister unveils GWR Intercity Express Train carrying special ‘We Mean Green’ livery.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined GWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood at Paddington Station this morning to unveil a special train livery outlining the environmental benefits of travelling by train. 

Dartmoor Line reopening

Government restores the Dartmoor Line as services resume for first time in half a century from 20 November

  • The Dartmoor Line between Okehampton and Exeter will officially reopen for year-round services on 20 November, ahead of schedule
  • It is the first former line to open under the Government’s Restoring Your Railway manifesto commitment
  • Tickets will go on sale today (12 October) for trains running every 2 hours, increasing to hourly from May 2022
  • Passengers travelling between Crediton and Exeter will also benefit from an increase in service frequency.
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New multi-storey car park opens as redevelopment of Newbury Station continues apace

A new multistorey car park at Newbury Station and the second of new two cycling hubs have now been opened, as the multi-million pound redevelopment of the station continues apace. 

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Planned weekend engineering work may affect your rail journey

Some train services via Bristol Parkway will be affected by essential track maintenance planned to take place over weekends in October.