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West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris

First GWR train services run as part of MetroWest December timetable changes

The first in a series of improvements for the West of England sees rail services on the Severn Beach line increase to half-hourly as GWR begins to realise MetroWest ambitions in its December timetable change.

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Rail improvement works to take place in West Cornwall

Works to improve the railway in West Cornwall begin on Monday 13 December 20212, with amended train services and replacement buses in operation to keep people moving.

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Half-hourly services between South Wales and London to return for festive season

Great Western Railway (GWR) is set to increase the number of trains running between South Wales and England, just in time for the festive season.

Pictured are, left to right, David Eveleigh (Depot Engineering Manager, Reading), Olly Wise (DMU Fleet Engineer), Andrew Skinner (Head of Engineering) and Karl Atkinson (HST & Locomotive Fleet Engineer)

Great Western Railway enjoys double success at the Golden Spanner Awards

Great Western Railway scooped two trophies at the rail industry’s prestigious Golden Spanner Awards – including Gold for its Castle Class HST fleet.

Ruth Busby receives her HR Director of the Year Award from Personnel Today Editorial Director Rob Moss, right, and comedian Russell Kane

Great Western Railway HR director scoops top award

Great Western Railway’s Ruth Busby has been named HR Director of the Year at the Personnel Today Awards 2021.

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Planned engineering work in the Dorchester area may affect your rail journey

Train services between Somerset and Dorset will be affected by rail improvements planned to take place during November and December.

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Railway restored: regular trains to run on Dartmoor Line for first time in 50 years

  • First passenger train on the first Restoring Your Railway reopening runs on Wednesday, 17 November, ahead of public services resuming on Saturday, 20 November  
  • Restored in just 9 months, and delivered £10m under budget, transforming a mothballed former freight railway to regular services.
  • Reopening is the first of the Government’s Restoring Your Railway schemes to return to service, fulfilling a manifesto commitment. 
Commander Andy Swain MBE
Royal Navy Chief of Staff

Guinness World Records holder joins Poppies to Paddington operation

GWR again links up with The Veterans Charity for Remembrance Day

Dartmoor Line logo competition winner Tom Watts

Teenager designs winning entry in Dartmoor Line logo competition

Teenager Tom Watts is the winner of a Great Western Railway competition to design a logo marking the launch of the Dartmoor Line next week.

Cheltenham Borough Council Mayor, Councillor Steve Harvey, with members of Cheltenham Camera Club at the launch of their exhibition at Cheltenham Spa station.

Station Photography Exhibition opened by Mayor of Cheltenham

The Mayor of Cheltenham has cut the ribbon on an exhibition of local photography which is being displayed in the waiting room of Cheltenham Spa station.

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Prime Minister unveils GWR Intercity Express Train carrying special ‘We Mean Green’ livery

Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined GWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood at Paddington Station to unveil a special train livery outlining the environmental benefits of travelling by train. 

Dartmoor Line reopening

Government restores the Dartmoor Line as services resume for first time in half a century from 20 November

  • The Dartmoor Line between Okehampton and Exeter will officially reopen for year-round services on 20 November, ahead of schedule
  • It is the first former line to open under the Government’s Restoring Your Railway manifesto commitment
  • Tickets will go on sale today (12 October) for trains running every 2 hours, increasing to hourly from May 2022
  • Passengers travelling between Crediton and Exeter will also benefit from an increase in service frequency.