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First Great Western adds extra seats to commuter services

Friday, 25 November, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

First Great Western will add an extra 4,500 seats to commuter trains running into and out of London Paddington starting from early next year.

15 of these Mark III carriages will be added to high speed trains running into Paddington. Pic via Matthew Black.

Extra government funding means a total of 48 carriages will be added to First’s services between London, Reading and the south west. New trains will start operating between Worcester and London Paddington, freeing up capacity for extra seats on Thames Valley commuter services.

Vernon Barker, Managing Director of FirstGroup’s UK rail division, said: “We’re delighted at this announcement by the Department for Transport, which is good news for First Great Western’s customers across the network and will reduce crowding on the most popular peak services.”

A total of 27 peak daily services calling at Twyford, 28 calling at Maidenhead and 23 calling at Slough will receive extra carriages.

Theresa Villiers, Transport Secretary, said: “We are determined to tackle overcrowding and provide better, more comfortable journeys for passengers. These extra carriages will enable existing services to be lengthened which will significantly increase their capacity.

Fifteen carriages being added to the high speed trains operating out of Paddington are ex-British Rail Mk.III buffet cars which will be converted to standard class. 33 carriages will be added to other services across the areas targeted for improvement.These will be phased in between February 2012 and September 2012. The Government hopes the extra carriages will be deployed in time for next summer’s Olympic Games.

The cost of improving capacity on the network will be £28.9m.

  1. William Vincent
    Tuesday, 29 November, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    And the taxpayer / passenger gets screwed again. Does it really cost £28.9 million to refurbish 48 carriages which will have already been withdrawn from service and probably have no other use? You could buy over 150 good (road) coaches for that money providing over 6500 seats. Not proposed as an alternative just an indication of relative costs.

  2. Claudia
    Thursday, 10 March, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    I think its great to see the old british rail carriages being used instead of being scrapped and it saves millions on the cost of new carriages.In fact the older style interiors were much easier on the eye than the modern plastic in your face look of today’s carriage interiors.They are much too sterile and sanitised like everything else these days and resemble a hospital waiting room so it would be great if modern trains had better design focus on a more relaxed type interior that is less bling and more welcoming.

    I would prefer if they didnt change the retro styling much at all and even introduced the the old compartment with the corridor rolling stock for first class also.

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