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First Great Western - Articles and news items

New Class 387 Electrostar EMUs begin operation on GWR Thames Valley service

Rail industry news / 6 September 2016 /

On Monday 05 September, two Class 387 Electrostar electric multiple units (EMUs) entered service on GWR’s services in the Thames Valley.

GWR orders seven additional bi-mode Intercity Express Trains

Rail industry news / 9 August 2016 /

Great Western Railway (GWR) has announced it will order a further seven bi-mode Intercity Express Trains from Hitachi Rail Europe and its finance partner Eversholt Rail Group.

GWR unveils new fleet to celebrate 175 years of the Great Western Main Line

Rail industry news / 30 June 2016 /

Great Western Railway (GWR) unveils a new fleet of Hitachi intercity trains as part of celebrations marking 175 years since the first train ran on the line between Bristol and London.

GWR finalises agreement for 37 Thames Valley EMUs

Rail industry news / 8 June 2016 /

Great Western Railway (GWR) has finalised an agreement with train manufacturer Bombardier and leasing company Porterbrook for 37 Class 387 trains for operation in the Thames Valley.

GWR rail depot open day celebrates 40 years of the high speed train

Rail industry news / 4 March 2016 /

On Monday 02 May 2016, Great Western Railway (GWR) will celebrate 40 years of the high speed train with a rail depot open day at St. Philips Marsh.

UK Government approves £360 million high speed trains for the south west

Rail industry news / 30 July 2015 /

The Government has approved a £360 million contract to supply 29 Hitachi high speed trains to First Great Western for services between London and Cornwall in 2018.

Hitachi Rail Europe named preferred supplier for new First Great Western franchise

Rail industry news / 23 March 2015 /

FirstGroup has announced Hitachi Rail Europe is the preferred supplier to provide a fleet of AT300 trains for the new First Great Western franchise.

First Great Western franchise extended

Rail industry news / 23 March 2015 /

FirstGroup have signed an agreement with the Department of Transport to continue operating the First Great Western franchise until 1 April 2019.

Hitachi Rail Europe selects Eminox for new Class 800 series train exhaust contract

Rail industry news / 23 December 2013 /

Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd. has selected British-based company Eminox as its preferred partner to provide the exhaust systems for the new East Coast and Great Western Main Line Class 800 series trains…

First Great Western announces major WiFi expansion plans

Rail industry news / 11 December 2013 /

First Great Western has announced a time scale for the implementation of free WiFi on board its High Speed Train fleet…

New FGW franchise to build on improvements

Issue 6 2013 / 4 December 2013 /

Running services out of London Paddington, across the South and West of England and South Wales, the former Greater Western franchise began operating on 1 April 2006. Operated by First Group and branded as First Great Western, the network combines the previous Great Western Intercity, London and Thames Valley, and West Country regional franchises. A second, 23-month franchise agreement began on 14 October 2013.

The First Great Western story Running over 1,550 trains a day, First Great Western (FGW) manages 210 stations and calls at a further 60 across the South West network. First Group made the decision in 2011 not to take up a contractually permitted three-year extension to the franchise, with a view to retendering for a longer-term agreement.

The decision enabled the Department for Transport (DfT) to develop plans for a longerterm franchise that would benefit from and help to deliver a number of major schemes, including electrification of a significant part of the network, the completion of Crossrail and the introduction of the Intercity Express Programme bi-mode trains. First Group was shortlisted to submit a bid for this longer-term franchise, which was due to begin in July 2013 and run for 15 years, but this process was delayed following the decision in October 2012 by the DfT to pause its franchising programme.

Franchising deal to boost services on Great Western Main Line (GWML)

Rail industry news / 3 October 2013 /

Rail passengers will benefit from improved services, including greater WiFi coverage…

 

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