The biggest fleet upgrade in a generation

March 2018
  • The greatest investment since Brunel is already taking place in the West of England.
  • GWR is introducing the first Intercity Express Trains on the UK network.
  • New Class 800 British-built trains operate on high speed intercity routes to and from London and use electric and diesel power to reduce journey times.

The biggest fleet upgrade in a generation, supported by the greatest investment since Brunel is already taking place in the West of England. GWR is introducing the first Intercity Express Trains on the UK network. These new Class 800 British-built trains operate on high speed intercity routes to and from London and use electric and diesel power to reduce journey times. Once these new Intercity Express Trains have replaced the much older High Speed Trains, journey times and the on-board customer experience will transform for all customers. Once these new Intercity Express Trains have replaced the much older High Speed Trains, journey times and the on-board customer experience will transform for all customers.

The fleet of GWR Turbo trains are undergoing a major refurbishment programme with more space and greater comfort for customers. They now operate on routes between Cardiff and Taunton, Gloucester and Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Parkway and Weston-super-Mare, as well as on the line between Swindon and Cheltenham, the Severn Beach line and the TransWilts line. All 151 Turbo carriages are being upgraded with accessible toilets and at-seat power sockets.

Communities in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall will benefit from the withdrawal of the old Class 143 Pacer trains. A refurbished version of the current long-distance High Speed Train will serve routes of high customer demand, helping secure economic benefits, boost business and the tourism industry.

Further information
https://www.gwr.com/about-us/modernising-gwr