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Dawlish railway line reopens

The communities and businesses of West Devon and Cornwall are celebrating today as their rail link with the rest of the country has been restored in time for the Easter holidays.
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Crossrail to be extended to Reading

Crossrail is to be extended as far as Reading.
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Important information for travel between London and Bristol during May Day Bank holiday

First Great Western (FGW) is encouraging customers travelling between London and Reading during Easter to check journey times and routes prior to travelling, as Crossrail engineering works takes place in the London Thames Valley.
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Shock therapy helps train engineers raise over £1,500

Landore and help for heroes Landore and Help for Heros Over £1,500 has been raised by First Great Western’s Landore engineering team for the charity Help for Heroes.
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Somerset, Devon and Cornwall travel advice

Flooding and storm damage continues to affect services in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.
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Tornado Steam Engine on Night Riviera Sleeper

First Great Western supports the use of heritage traction on the national network, including steam, Indeed we are working closely to facilitate one such operation in May, but the challenges that would need to be overcome to use a steam engine with the sleeper are frankly enormous.
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First Great Western welcomes Government decision to explore franchise options

First Great Western has responded to the publication of a government procurement notice, concerning the future of the Great Western franchise.
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West of England – Potential improvements to services

First Great Western has announced that it will begin a formal timetable consultation on proposed changes to its West of England services in response to customer and stakeholder demand.
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More standard class seats and a refreshed first class environment

First Great Western has secured agreement with the Department for Transport to increase standard class capacity on all First Great Western’s High Speed Trains, by converting some of its first class carriages.
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Rail operator’s staff thanked in new campaign

Train operator First Great Western has launched a multimillion pound campaign to showcase the professionalism and dedication of their staff as poor weather continues to cause disruption.
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Additional trains for Bath Half Marathon

First Great Western is to run 24 additional trains to and from Bath Spa this coming Sunday, to help competitors and spectators attend the Bath Half Marathon.
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Half hourly Paignton services to be restored

First Great Western are pleased to announce that starting on Monday we will be able to return to two trains an hour between Paignton and Newton Abbot between 0600 and 2000 on weekdays.