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Principality Stadium

GWR to provide 40 trains for fans heading home from Ed Sheeran concerts

Great Western Railway will provide 40 trains and nearly 20,000 seats for music fans leaving Cardiff following this week’s Ed Sheeran concerts.

•	£25,000 grant to the Lions Barber Collective to train barbers as mental health advocates: who hosted a pop-up barbershop where men could get a free haircut and discuss their mental health at the same time

Apply for funding now: New Community Fund open for applications

A new Community Fund launched by Great Western Railway is now inviting applications to support local communities and address areas of social need.

Rail Minister waves off an Okehampton to Exeter service prior to the doubling of services on the line. 

Please credit: Mike Rego

Restoring your railway: Passengers see Dartmoor Line services doubled

  • New hourly service introduced on the Dartmoor line, doubling the current service in boost for local economy.
  • Passenger numbers have exceeded expectations, with 50,000 journeys being made in the first 20 weeks since the restored line reopened
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Don’t get caught out: Train times to change this Sunday

Train operator GWR is today reminding passengers that its timetables are changing from this Sunday. 

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Samaritans to lead new mental health study for rail industry

  • Train operator GWR and the Department for Transport commission the leading suicide prevention charity to conduct research study to improve awareness of mental health and wellbeing within the rail sector
  • This Mental Health Awareness Week (May 9-15), the charity is calling on railway staff to take part in an industry-wide survey to have their voices heard
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Winnie the Wellbeing Piano helps to promote mental health and wellbeing at Reading station

Winnie the Wellbeing Piano burst into life as colleagues from Great Western Railway and Network Rail hit the high notes at Reading station.

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GWR Managing Director welcomes start of Elizabeth line services

GWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood has welcomed the start of Elizabeth line services.

Lord Faulkner of Worcester, Chair of the GWR Advisory Board, welcomes the Rt Hon Theresa May MP to the board

GWR welcomes former Prime Minister to independent advisory board

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP has joined train operator Great Western Railway’s independent stakeholder advisory board, its external body of experts helping to provide opinion and oversight.

North Cotswolds

Rail improvements to impact journeys on the North Cotswolds only, this Easter

Track improvement work will see the railway line between Moreton-in-Marsh and Worcester Shrub Hill closed for four days over the Easter weekend, in one of the quietest Easter weekends for engineering work in a decade.

Pendennis Castle

Old meets new as Pendennis Castle meets its steamier brother to mark iconic locomotive’s return to operation.

GWR’s class 57 diesel locomotive, Pendennis Castle, will come buffer to buffer with its older namesake, as one of the most famous locomotives in the Great Western Railway returns to operation.

HST rail tour

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.

Michael Eavis at Castle Cary station to mark the naming of a GWR IET train after him

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.