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GWR proud of its four-year contribution to £3.5m Action for Children charity partnership

Great Western Railway and its parent company FirstGroup, bring a four-year charity partnership with Action for Children to a close this week after providing more than £3.5 million of support since its launch in April 2018.

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Getting to Glastonbury: GWR tickets now on sale for Glastonbury 2022 but passengers asked to reserve a seat and leave the sack barrow at home.

GWR train tickets for the first Glastonbury Festival since 2019 are now on sale, but passengers are being asked to reserve a seat and only bring what they can carry.

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Improved bus facilities at Bristol Parkway for metrobus services

Work has been completed on upgrades to Bristol Parkway’s bus facilities, to allow for an expanded metrobus network.

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Pay as you go with contactless extended to GWR branch lines

Customers can tap into the Thames Valley from today as pay as you go with contactless has been extended on GWR branch line services to Windsor & Eton Central and Henley-on-Thames.

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GWR becomes first train company to be awarded Safeguarding on Rail Scheme Accreditation

Rail Minister, Wendy Morton MP has today awarded Great Western Railway (GWR) Safeguarding on Rail Scheme Accreditation. The accreditation, which is from the British Transport Police and the Department for Transport, is the first to be awarded to a UK train operator. The Safeguarding on Rail Scheme initiative became a committed obligation for all operators in 2019.

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GWR Night Riviera returns to full service following engineering work near Dawlish

The world famous GWR Night Riviera sleeper is returning to full service after critical engineering work at Parson’s Tunnel in South Devon, was completed.

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GWR increasing use of its capacity-boosting electric trains for Wales’ final Six Nations fixture

Great Western Railway is increasing the use of its more sustainable electric-only trains for rugby fans heading home after Wales’ final match of the Six Nations campaign.

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Cheltenham Festival travel advice: 16 extra trains every day

Cheltenham Festival goers will benefit from 16 extra trains, helping to provide more than 15,000 seats every single day of next week’s Cheltenham Festival.  

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Wales v France Six Nations: GWR provides 16 trains for fans heading home from Cardiff on Friday night

Great Western Railway will provide 16 trains and more than 7,000 seats for rugby fans leaving Cardiff on Friday night but warns customers will have to queue to board trains safely.

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The Railway Family comes together for International Women’s Day

Great Western Railway, Network Rail and the British Transport Police have teamed up to celebrate women in the rail industry for International Women’s Day, with a host of activities across the Great Western Network, including an exciting new film.

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Berkshire sewing bee travels on GWR train named in her honour

Great Western Railway has named a train in honour of a sewing bee who inspired volunteers to make PPE for thousands of people across Berkshire.

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Gloucestershire community heroes travel on GWR train named in their honour

Fancy-dress runner Martin Heath and food-delivery champion Emma Hurrell travelled on a train named in their honour today as Great Western Railway celebrated their community heroics.