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Exeter murial pic

“Blooming St Thomas” mural launched at Exeter St Thomas Station

A special event was held at Exeter St Thomas Station on Saturday, 11 March, to celebrate the new “Blooming St Thomas” mural which is the latest improvement at the station, following installation of new waiting shelters and the Eco Garden in 2015.
Great Western Railway

Under starters orders for the Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival goers are under starter’s orders as they prepare to board Great Western Railway services, with the train operator providing enough extra seats to carry everyone in the grand stand 3.5 times over.
Blenheim Palace park and gardens lake bridge

How do I get to Blenheim Palace?

Rail and bus operators to launch new service to save money on entry to World Heritage Site. Great Western Railway has teamed up with Blenheim Palace and two local bus companies to offer travel and reduced cost entry to the World Heritage site in a single transaction from tomorrow, Friday 10 March.
GWR Marathon charity team

Advice for Bath Half runners: Allow time to get to the start line - enough extra trains to transport half the Rec

Advice for Bath Half runners: Great Western Railway is to run enough extra trains to transport half the Rec this weekend, helping competitors and spectators attend the Bath Half Marathon. Eight additional early morning trains will help take runners to the start line for 11am, while there will also be an additional 14 services to take runners and supporters home after the gruelling race; providing over 7,500 extra seats in total.
Apprentice week

Apprentices take over railway station

The number of people to have passed through a railway apprenticeship scheme is enabling a train operator to staff an entire station, Great Western Railway has revealed today. In support of National Apprentice Week, the rail company is to run Bristol Parkway Station for a day with current and former apprentices.
Rail Minister TransWilts

Rail Minister travels on special TransWilts train to honour valuable role of community rail

Rail Minister Paul Maynard has today travelled on a special train service to mark the role of community rail and to visit the proposed site of a new station at Wilton.
Mark Hopwood RBA win

GWR Managing Director named as Industry Leader

Great Western Railway’s Managing Director has been named as Industry Leader of the Year at a top rail awards ceremony in London. Mark Hopwood, MD of GWR since December 2008, was named as the recipient of the special award at last Friday night’s Rail Business Awards 2017.
IET countryside

Direct services to Bedwyn and Frome to continue as work begins on new fleet of trains

Great Western Railway says it will be able to continue to operate direct services to Bedwyn and Frome next year, as work on its new fleet of Intercity Express Trains begins in Italy. With electrification of the line extending as far as Newbury the new trains, capable of running on both diesel and electric, will mean that GWR is able to continue to operate direct services to Bedwyn, Hungerford and Kintbury, promising more seats on bigger, better, brand new trains for customers.
Great Western Railway

New £40 million rail depot planned for Exeter

Planning consent for a new rail depot at Exeter has been submitted by Network Rail on behalf of GWR [today]. This submission forms part of a wider programme of rail improvements to increase rail capacity in the South West, including new and refreshed trains and station improvements.
Six nations

Six Nations Preview: Wales v England

Over 7,000 extra seats are being provided to and from Cardiff’s Principality Stadium this Saturday as Wales take on England in the Six Nations. Wales play at the Principality Stadium on Saturday 11 February against England, with kick off at 16.50.
St Philips March Open Day

Bristol depot takes top rail award

St Philips Marsh Depot in Bristol has been recognised in the GWR Excellence Awards for their contribution to the community. Awarded in the Keeping our Communities Prospering category, the depot raised over £20,000 for local charity Springboard last Summer when they opened their doors to the general public in celebration of 40 years of the High Speed train.
Newbury north side

£6 million investment for Newbury Station Approved

West Berkshire Council in partnership with Great Western Railway (GWR) has been awarded just over £6 million pounds to revamp passenger facilities at Newbury Station. The £6,051,000 scheme will also improve connections between rail and walking, cycling and public transport, creating the railway station as a gateway to the town and helping to ensure future demand for travel is met while encouraging sustainable transport. GWR Regional Development Manager Tom Pierpoint said: “GWR is delighted that we will be able to improve Newbury Station and make it a gateway for the town. “This deal will deliver improvements for our passengers at a time when we are undergoing the greatest upgrade to trains and track in a generation. The project will complement the Market Street development and will provide better access to the station for those arriving on foot, cycle and public transport. “We also intend to provide office space for start-up businesses, which will be a great opportunity to be so well connected to the GWR network, developing and strengthening the local economy.”