Train upgrade to benefit Reading services

Wed 29 April 2015, 3:59 pm

First Great Western is to upgrade its train fleets across its network by 2018, benefitting services in Reading and the Thames Valley.

From spring 2016, the train operator will replace most of its “turbo commuter fleet” trains with 58 electric trains. This will increase the number of seats for commuters travelling at peak times by 25% from 2017. Some trains feature up to 12 coaches. 

Super Express Trains, introduced as part of the government’s Intercity Express Programme, will start taking over long-distance services between London, Reading, Bristol, south Wales and the Cotswolds from 2017. 

A number of stations in the Thames Valley will also benefit from car park extensions, enhanced customer information services, and ticketing and retail improvements.

First Great Western will work in partnership with Reading Borough Council, the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP and Network Rail to deliver the project.

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