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Great Western Railway (GWR)

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Great Western Railway (GWR) - Latest news, articles and photos

London’s new battery train sets UK distance record
London’s new battery train sets UK distance record

London’s new battery train sets UK distance record

The new battery train starting service in west London shortly has set a new UK record, after travelling 86 miles (138km) on battery power alone and without recharging.

Feb
19
Former District line tube train to start GWR battery-train trials in west London
Former District line tube train to start GWR battery-train trials in west London

Former District line tube train to start GWR battery-train trials in west London

Former District line tube trains will start running in West London this Spring as GWR brings a converted ex-tube train to West Ealing for testing.

Feb
08
Observances of the Elizabeth line problems this morning
Observances of the Elizabeth line problems this morning

Observances of the Elizabeth line problems this morning

A number of problems on the railways this morning caused severe delays for commuters in west London and on the Elizabeth line.

Nov
30
2023
Early Warning – Paddington station will be closed over Christmas
Early Warning – Paddington station will be closed over Christmas

Early Warning – Paddington station will be closed over Christmas

An early warning for anyone planning a Christmas getaway to the west, as London Paddington station will be closed over most of the period.

Nov
22
2023
GWR celebrates 150 years of the Marlow Branch Line
GWR celebrates 150 years of the Marlow Branch Line

GWR celebrates 150 years of the Marlow Branch Line

Great Western Railway (GWR) is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Marlow Branch Line with a special livery on one of its trains.

Jun
28
2023
Glastonbury travel advice from GWR for train passengers
Glastonbury travel advice from GWR for train passengers

Glastonbury travel advice from GWR for train passengers

Great Western Railway (GWR) says that it plans to run more than 60 trains to and from Glastonbury Festival next week, but reservations will be required.

Jun
14
2023
The Famous Five reunite for a train adventure with Great Western Railway
The Famous Five reunite for a train adventure with Great Western Railway

The Famous Five reunite for a train adventure with Great Western Railway

The Famous Five are embarking on a new railway adventure with Great Western Railway (GWR), for the first time since 2020.

Jun
12
2023
Battery train trials will proceed in west London as GWR buys Vivarail
Battery train trials will proceed in west London as GWR buys Vivarail

Battery train trials will proceed in west London as GWR buys Vivarail

Trials using some modified former London Underground trains on a railway in west London are to go ahead after GWR agreed to buy up the assets from the supplier, Vivarail.

Feb
17
2023
January sale on Great Western Railway (GWR) train tickets
January sale on Great Western Railway (GWR) train tickets

January sale on Great Western Railway (GWR) train tickets

Great Western Railway (GWR) is running a January sale on train tickets, with prices starting from just £5 each way.

Jan
11
2023
Strike action to affect trains in/out of Paddington this weekend
Strike action to affect trains in/out of Paddington this weekend

Strike action to affect trains in/out of Paddington this weekend

Train services from London Paddington station will be affected by strike action this weekend and into early next week.

Nov
15
2022

GWR launches “long weekend” train tickets

A new type of train ticket has been launched by Great Western Railway (GWR) in an experiment to see if it's popular, offering a discounted rate for long weekends away from London.

Sep
28
2022
GWR train gets Euro 2022 Lionesses tribute
GWR train gets Euro 2022 Lionesses tribute

GWR train gets Euro 2022 Lionesses tribute

A quick paint job has seen a Great Western Railway (GWR) train decorated to mark the England women's team victory at the Euro football finals yesterday evening.

Aug
01
2022
GWR tests live train system monitoring to reduce maintenance downtime
GWR tests live train system monitoring to reduce maintenance downtime

GWR tests live train system monitoring to reduce maintenance downtime

GWR's fleet of 93 intercity trains have been fitted with what's described as a world-first live monitoring system that will reduce how long each train is out of service for routine maintenance.

Jul
25
2022
GWR’s rail franchise extended to 2025
GWR’s rail franchise extended to 2025

GWR’s rail franchise extended to 2025

FirstGroup has been awarded a replacement National Rail Contract to continue running the Great Western Railway (GWR) until 2025.

Jun
22
2022
A GWR train has been named after the WWII codebreaker Alan Turing
A GWR train has been named after the WWII codebreaker Alan Turing

A GWR train has been named after the WWII codebreaker Alan Turing

A train that'll regularly call at the home of the UK's spy centre, GCHQ has been named after the World War Two codebreaker, Alan Turing.

May
28
2022

TfL style contactless payments extended to Windsor and Henley

TfL style contactless touchpoints are arriving at Windsor and Eton station as contactless payments for train tickets, already valid on GWR and TfL Rail services between London Paddington and Reading are being extended onto the Henley and Windsor branch lines.

Mar
29
2022
Ex-London Underground trains to be tested on the Greenford branch line
Ex-London Underground trains to be tested on the Greenford branch line

Ex-London Underground trains to be tested on the Greenford branch line

A mainline rail line in West London will take part in a trial later this year, replacing its existing fleet of diesel trains with former London Underground trains that have been converted to run on batteries.

Feb
15
2022
West Drayton station gets step-free access and larger ticket hall
West Drayton station gets step-free access and larger ticket hall

West Drayton station gets step-free access and larger ticket hall

The latest of the stations to be upgraded ahead of the Elizabeth line opening has been completed, to the west of London at West Drayton.

Jul
21
2021
Captain Tom Moore gets a train named after him
Captain Tom Moore gets a train named after him

Captain Tom Moore gets a train named after him

Great Western Railway (GWR) has named a train in honour of the veteran who has raised more than £29 million for the NHS to mark his 100th birthday.

Apr
29
2020
Southeastern and GWR get franchise extensions
Southeastern and GWR get franchise extensions

Southeastern and GWR get franchise extensions

Two train companies, GWR and Southeastern have had their franchises extended after the government made a direct award contract to the two operators.

Mar
30
2020
GWR offering train tickets from just £5
GWR offering train tickets from just £5

GWR offering train tickets from just £5

GWR is offering a January sale with train tickets from as little as £5, for travel between 23rd January and 3rd April 2020.

Jan
17
2020
Train speed record set between London and Bristol
Train speed record set between London and Bristol

Train speed record set between London and Bristol

A new modern speed record has been set for a train running between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington of just 1 hour and 12 minutes.

Sep
30
2019
Prices announced for the Didcot to Oxford Railway’s 175th Anniversary
Prices announced for the Didcot to Oxford Railway’s 175th Anniversary

Prices announced for the Didcot to Oxford Railway’s 175th Anniversary

This year marks the 175th anniversary of the railway between Oxford and Didcot, and they’re having a special day of celebrations on 15th June 2019.

Apr
24
2019

Tickets Alert: Ride the last ever passenger Intercity125 out of Paddington

Next month, the last ever passenger service HST will leave Paddington, and you can be on board.

Apr
17
2019