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GWR steps in to rescue stranded coach passengers as M4 closure set to cause chaos

With the closure of the M4 motorway set to cause chaos for the next two weekends, train operator Great Western Railway (GWR) has stepped in to rescue National Express bus passengers, with an offer of free, fast, train transport.
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GWR awards almost £50,000 to aid those with learning disabilities in Cornwall

Great Western Railway (GWR) has recently announced the award of a grant of £49,357 to the charity which operates the forthcoming annual ROC 5K fun run in Truro. The grant, awarded by GWR’s Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF), will fund two new job coaches who will work with the increasing number of local people with learning disabilities who want a paid job.
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Tickets now on sale as iconic London depot opens its doors to the public in celebration of 111 years of engineering excellence

Tickets for the OOC111: Legends of the Great Western are now on sale, but you had better be quick, as they are expected to sell out quickly.
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New Somerset Explorer charity train launched this Saturday to celebrate the life of Bob Smart, former chairman of Visit Somerset

GWR has announced its latest one-off charter train in aid of charity, this time taking passengers on a special journey from London Paddington to Somerset. The train will have special poignancy as it will be celebrating the life of Bob Smart previous visit Somerset chairman who died on the 12th May 2016 after a short illness.
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Penguin Books founder Sir Allen Lane honoured at Exeter St David’s railway station

A memorial plaque commemorating Penguin Books founder Sir Allen Lane has been unveiled today at Exeter St David’s railway station. The orange plaque, commissioned by Sir Allen Lane’s daughter Clare Morpurgo and designed by Penguin Random House, recognises Sir Allen’s contribution to British publishing and commemorates the location where he conceived the iconic sixpenny paperback.
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Emergency engineering work at Bath Spa successfully completed

Following emergency engineering work between 1215 and 1330 services through Bath Spa are returning to normal. An all line block was taken by Network Rail at 1215 to repair damaged points near Oldfield Park, which was causing further disruption to an already reduced service during modernisation work to the station.
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Bath Spa disruption to continue for the rest of the day

Disruption to rail services through Bath Spa is expected to continue throughout today [Thursday 20 March], to allow for emergency engineering works outside of Bath Spa. Due to a points failure near Oldfield Park, fewer trains are able to run through Bath Spa, impacting an already reduced service.
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Late night trains to be replaced by buses Bath Spa disruption to continue for the rest of the day

Passengers are warned to expect disruption to continue throughout the rest of today and for late evening services to finish early, to allow for emergency engineering works outside of Bath Spa. Due to an overnight points failure near Oldfield Park, fewer trains are able to run through Bath Spa today, impacting an already reduced service.
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Attention London Marathon runners - Disruption to rail services between Reading and London Paddington Sunday 23 April

Passengers travelling on services between Reading and London Paddington on the morning of the London Marathon, Sunday 23 April, should check before they travel and plan their journeys to start after 0900 where possible. Network Rail will undertake vital electrification work between Reading and Hayes & Harlington. Great Western Railway will operate bus replacement services between Reading and London Paddington until 0900. Where possible customers are advised to travel after 0900 or check before they travel and use the alternative routes provided. Passengers with tickets for Sunday morning will be able to travel on any service Sunday afternoon/evening.
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Great Western Railway to launch smartcard

Great Western Railway (GWR) is to launch a smartcard for the Severn Beach Line, as part of a pilot which could see combined rail and bus travel in a single ticket offered across Bristol. Allowing people to add weekly, monthly and annual season rail tickets to an electronic card to begin with, the pilot project is being run in partnership with Bristol City Council and if successful could form part of a wider, integrated scheme, including MetroWest, and local bus services.
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GWR proves Brunel’s sunshine theory Is there light at the end of Brunel’s Box Tunnel?

On Sunday 9 April, a date that marked Brunel’s 211th birthday, a team of Great Western Railway (GWR) engineers took to the track to test one of the most enduring theories surrounding Brunel’s iconic Box tunnel just outside of Bath.
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Work starts on new £20 million multi-storey car park for Didcot Parkway

£20 million work has begun today to build a new 1,800 capacity multi-storey car park at Didcot Parkway railway station. The scheme, which is part funded by the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, will see the number of car parking spaces at the station increase by over 65% to 1,800.