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Encyclopedia > First Great Western
Image:GreatWesternLogo.png
Franchise(s): Great Western
1996 – 31. March 2006
Greater Western
1. April 2006 – 2016
Main region(s): South West, Thames Valley
Other region(s): South Wales, Cotswolds
Fleet size: 86 Class 43 for 43 High Speed Train Sets

14 Class 180 Adelante sets
36 Class 165 Network Turbo sets
21 Class 166 Network Express Turbo sets
28 Class 158 Express Sprinter sets
15 Class 153 Super-Sprinter sets
17 Class 150 Sprinter sets
12 Class 142 Pacer sets
7 Class 143 Pacer sets
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Stations called at: 210 operated and 275 called at
National Rail abbreviation: GW
Parent company: First Group
Web site: www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk

First Great Western is the operating name of First Greater Western Ltd,[1] a British train operating company owned by FirstGroup, which operates services in the west and south west of England and South Wales. First Group PLC (LSE: FGP) is a British transport company operating in the United Kingdom, Ireland and North America, with headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland. ... Due to historical differences the railway network of the United Kingdom is split into two independent systems: one on the island of Great Britain and one in Northern Ireland, which is closely linked to the railway system of the Republic of Ireland. ... Livery of First Group vehicles shown on a bus in Bristol First Group PLC is a British transport company operating in the United Kingdom and North America, with headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland. ...


On 1 April 2006, First Great Western, First Great Western Link and Wessex Trains combined into the new Greater Western Franchise. First were announced as the operator of the combined franchise in December 2005 for a 10-year period.[2] is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... First Great Western Link was a train operating company owned by First Group that provided train services, on a franchise basis, from Paddington Station to destinations such as Slough, Reading, Didcot, Oxford, Goring and Streatley, Henley-on-Thames, Newbury, Bedwyn, Hereford, Worcester and Banbury. ... A Wessex Class 153 A Class 150/2 unit in West Country advertising livery. ...

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First Great Western (1998 - 2006)

In 1998, the bus operator First Group acquired Great Western Trains, along with its subsidiary North Western Trains (which was rebranded First North Western), and rebranded it with its present name. See Also Ufton Nervet rail crash Categories: Stub | British railway companies ... North Western Trains was a train operating company that operated train serivces in the North West of England. ... First North Western was a train operating company in the United Kingdom serving North West England. ...


In 2004–2005, 22.3 million passenger journeys were made on First Great Western, and passengers travelled 2,718 million kilometres, an average journey length of 75 miles (121 kilometres).


Livery

A FGW HST in the modified Barbie livery.
A FGW HST in the modified Barbie livery.

The first version of the First Great Western livery (also known as fag packet by enthusiasts) was a modified version of the Great Western livery, with fader vinyls over the ivory, it also introduced a gold bar containing the First Group "F" and Great Western logos. Initially the "Intercity" branding was retained with the new livery. The power cars carried the First Group Logo.[3] Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,280 × 960 pixels, file size: 629 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) First Great Western Class 43 HST 43182 approaches Bristol Temple Meads station with a service from London Paddington. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,280 × 960 pixels, file size: 629 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) First Great Western Class 43 HST 43182 approaches Bristol Temple Meads station with a service from London Paddington. ... A pack of cigarettes is a rectangular container, mostly of paperboard, which contains cigarettes. ... Chemical structure of the vinyl functional group. ... Ivory is an off-white color that resembles Ivory, the teeth and tusks of animals. ...


When the Class 180 Adelante units were delivered, they were painted in the intercity version of First Group corporate livery (known as Barbie). This consisted of a blue base, with purple and gold bars and large pink "F"s. The doors were painted white to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. The HST fleet was repainted to match as they went through overhaul, however the livery on the power cars has been altered, following problems with dirt build up on the large white areas.[4] Information Occupation See: Barbies careers Family See: List of Barbies friends and family Created by Ruth Handler Barbie is a best-selling fashion doll launched in 1959. ... The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA 1995) is a UK parliamentary act of 1995, which makes it unlawful to discriminate against people in respect of their disabilities in relation to employment, the provision of goods and services, education and transport. ...


The rolling stock used on the Night Riviera sleeper service retained the original green Great Western livery and has done until now. The Night Riviera is a sleeper train service operated by First Great Western. ...


The expanded First Greater Western (2006 - present)

On 1 April 2006, First Great Western, First Great Western Link and Wessex Trains combined into the new Greater Western franchise. Three companies — First Group plc, National Express Group PLC, and Stagecoach Group— were short-listed to bid for this new franchise. On 13 December 2005 it was announced that First Group had won the franchise.[2] The new franchise has kept the name First Great Western. Originally, First planned to subdivide its services into the following three categories:[5] is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... First Great Western Link was a train operating company owned by First Group that provided train services, on a franchise basis, from Paddington Station to destinations such as Slough, Reading, Didcot, Oxford, Goring and Streatley, Henley-on-Thames, Newbury, Bedwyn, Hereford, Worcester and Banbury. ... A Wessex Class 153 A Class 150/2 unit in West Country advertising livery. ... National Express Group plc (LSE: NEX) is a UK-based transport group that operates airport, bus and rail services in the UK, the US and Canada, Australia, Spain, Portugal and Morocco and long-distance coach routes across Europe. ... Stagecoach Group plc (LSE: SGC) is a leading international transport group operating bus, train, tram, express coach and ferry operations. ... is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • First Great Western Express - the original First Great Western route: London Paddington–Bristol–South Wales/Cornwall.
  • First Great Western Link - former Thames Trains services, that were merged into First Great Western before the Greater Western Franchise started. Local/commuter trains close to London.
  • First Great Western Local - former Wessex Trains services: regional trains in the south-west in and around Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon, and Cornwall.

Following feedback from staff and stakeholders, the decision was taken to re-brand and re-livery all services as just 'First Great Western'.[6] Paddington station or London Paddington is the name of a major railway station in the Paddington area of London, which is the London terminus for long distance trains to the West of England and South Wales and some West London commuter services. ... First Great Western Link was a train operating company owned by First Group that provided train services, on a franchise basis, from Paddington Station to destinations such as Slough, Reading, Didcot, Oxford, Goring and Streatley, Henley-on-Thames, Newbury, Bedwyn, Hereford, Worcester and Banbury. ... Thames Trains was a British railway company franchised (from September 1996, following the privatisation of British Rail, until 31 March 2004) to run regional and suburban trains from London Paddington station to destinations in the home counties west of London (also to Worcester, Hereford and Stratford-upon-Avon), as well... A Wessex Class 153 A Class 150/2 unit in West Country advertising livery. ...


Intercity routes

An intercity FGW HST at Hanwell viaduct.
An intercity FGW HST at Hanwell viaduct.

First Great Western operate InterCity services to and from London Paddington. These are typically of the following frequency: Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Paddington Station, March 2005 during rush hour Paddington station or London Paddington station is a major National Rail and London Underground station complex in the Paddington area of London. ...

Nearly all high-speed trains on the Great Western network stop at Reading. Swindon is currently served by all trains to Bristol & South Wales, with Didcot stops by one train per hour on each route. Cardiff Central, Newport and Bristol Parkway are served by all South Wales services, meaning a train departs from London for Bristol every 15 minutes. Almost all trains from Paddington to Plymouth call at Taunton, with some services also stopping at Newbury, Pewsey, Westbury and Castle Cary. Once a day in each direction (early morning to London and late evening from) HST services also call at local stations between Bristol and Taunton, including Nailsea & Backwell, Yatton for Clevedon, Highbridge & Burnham on Sea and Bridgwater. Cardiff Central (Welsh: Caerdydd Canolog) is the largest train station in Wales, having 7 platforms. ... Bristol Parkway railway station is a railway station on the northern edge of Bristol (England), at Stoke Gifford in South Gloucestershire. ... Swansea railway station is the railway station for Swansea, South Wales. ... Bath Spa railway station is the principal railway station in the city of Bath, Somerset. ... Bristol Temple Meads railway station is a major rail transport hub in Bristol, England. ... Exeter St Davids station is the most important of seven National Rail stations in the city of Exeter in southwest England. ... Plymouth station Plymouth railway station serves the city of Plymouth, Devon, UK. It is the largest of the six railway stations in the city, and the only one served by Intercity trains. ... Penzance Station serves the town of Penzance, Cornwall, UK. The station is the terminus of the Great Western Main Line from London though the Westcountry. ... For other uses, see Cornwall (disambiguation). ... Cheltenham Spa railway station is a railway station serving the Cotswold town of Cheltenham Spa. ... Gloucester railway station (formerly known as Gloucester Central station) serves the city of Gloucester. ... Reading station from the station car park at the north (rear) side of the station Reading (formerly Reading General) is a railway station in the large town of Reading in south central England. ... Swindon railway station is a railway station serving the town of Swindon in Wiltshire in England. ... Didcot Parkway railway station is a railway station serving the town of Didcot in Oxfordshire in England. ... The term Cardiff Central has several meanings: Cardiff Central station Cardiff Central (UK Parliament constituency) Cardiff Central (National Assembly for Wales constituency) Cardiff central bus station Cardiff city centre Category: ... Newport railway station (or Newport High Street station) is situated in the heart of the city of Newport. ... Bristol Parkway is a railway station on the northern edge of Bristol (England), at Stoke Gifford in South Gloucestershire. ... Paddington station or London Paddington is the name of a major railway station in the Paddington area of London, which is the London terminus for long distance trains to the West of England and South Wales and some West London commuter services. ... Plymouth station Plymouth railway station serves the city of Plymouth, Devon, UK. It is the largest of the six railway stations in the city, and the only one served by Intercity trains. ... Taunton railway station serves Taunton in Somerset, England. ... Newbury railway station in 2005. ... Pewsey railway station is a railway station in the village of Pewsey in the county of Wiltshire in England. ... Westbury Station is a railway station near the town of Westbury, Wiltshire. ... Castle Cary station serves the town of Castle Cary in Somerset. ...


First Great Western also provides a limited number of intercity services to Paignton, Newquay (summer Saturdays and Sundays only), Carmarthen, Pembroke Dock (summer Saturdays only), Oxford, Worcester, and Hereford. First Great Western withdrew its services to Fishguard Harbour in 2003. Paignton harbour , Paignton (IPA: ) is a coastal town in Devon in the United Kingdom. ... , The town should not be confused with New Quay in Wales. ... Carmarthen (Welsh Caerfyrddin - caer fort + Myrddin Moridunum, Merlin (origin disputed)) is the county town of Carmarthenshire, Wales. ... Pembroke Dock (Welsh: Doc Penfro) is a town in South Pembrokeshire, Wales, lying north of Pembroke at the end of Milford Haven. ... This article is about the city of Oxford in England. ... This article is about the city of Worcester in England. ... For other uses, see Hereford (disambiguation). ...


First Great Western operate a number of named passenger trains, including: The following is a list of named passenger trains and some summary information about them. ...

  • The Bristolian (London-Bristol)
  • Cathedrals Express (London-Hereford)
  • Cheltenham Spa Express (London-Cheltenham)
  • Cornish Riviera Express (London-Penzance)
  • The Golden Hind (London-Penzance)
  • The Mayflower (London-Plymouth)
  • Night Riviera (London-Penzance "sleeper")
  • The Red Dragon (London-Swansea)
  • The Royal Duchy (London-Penzance)
  • The Saint David (London-Swansea)

The company operated the last Motorail service, as part of the London Paddington–Penzance Night Riviera overnight sleeper service, this was withdrawn at the end of the summer season in 2005 due to low usage. Bristolian Steam Engine at Milestones Museum The Bristolian is a named passenger train service from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads. ... The Cheltenham Spa Express is a British named passenger service from London Paddington to Cheltenham Spa, via Reading, Kemble, Stroud, Stonehouse and Gloucester. ... 4038 Queen Berengaria running near Acton with the London-bound Cornish Riviera Express The Cornish Riviera Express is an English express passenger train that has run from London to Penzance in Cornwall since 1904. ... For other uses, see Golden Hind (disambiguation). ... The Night Riviera is a sleeper train service operated by First Great Western. ... Motorail van, NVA 96603 at Penzance on 29th August 2003. ... Penzance Harbour and surrounding area as seen from the air Penzance (Cornish: Pensans) is a civil parish and port town in the Penwith district of Cornwall, England, UK. Granted various Royal Charters from 1512 onwards and incorporated in 1614,[2] it has a population of 21,168[1] people and... The Night Riviera is a sleeper train service operated by First Great Western. ...


Commuter routes

A First Great Western Class 165 in dynamic lines livery, these are used on shorter distance services in the Thames Valley area.

First Great Western operate commuter services from London Paddington to destinations such as Slough, Reading, Didcot, Oxford, Newbury, Bedwyn, Hereford, Worcester and Banbury. Train services are also provided from Reading to Basingstoke, Gatwick Airport via Guildford and Dorking Deepdene, Bristol to Newport and Cardiff, and from Oxford to Bicester Town. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 536 pixelsFull resolution‎ (3,872 × 2,592 pixels, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 536 pixelsFull resolution‎ (3,872 × 2,592 pixels, file size: 2. ... Slough (pronounced ) is a town and unitary authority (Borough of Slough) in England. ... , Reading is a town, unitary authority (the Borough of Reading) and urban area in the English county of Berkshire. ... Statistics Population: 25,231 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SU525900 Administration District: South Oxfordshire Shire county: Oxfordshire Region: South East England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Oxfordshire Historic county: Berkshire Services Police force: Thames Valley Police Ambulance: South Central Post office and telephone Post town... This article is about the city of Oxford in England. ... Newbury is a civil parish and the principal town in the west of the county of Berkshire in England. ... Great Bedwyn is a village and civil parish in the east of the English county of Wiltshire. ... For other uses, see Hereford (disambiguation). ... This article is about the city of Worcester in England. ... , The modern Castle Quay Shopping Centre in Banbury alongside the Oxford Canal, with Banbury Museum in the background. ... , Basingstoke is a town in northeast Hampshire, UK. It lies across a valley at the source of the River Loddon. ... Gatwick Airport (IATA Airport Code: LGW, ICAO Airport Code: EGKK) is Londons second airport and the second largest airport in the UK after Heathrow. ... , For other places with the same name, see Guildford (disambiguation). ... Dorking (Deepdene) railway station serves the town of Dorking, Surrey. ... , Bicester (Pronunciation: /ˡbɪstə/) is a town in the Cherwell district of north-eastern Oxfordshire in England, and at the 2001 UK census had a population of 28,672 (parish), 31,113 (urban area). ...


The Thames Valley routes were initially privatised in the mid 1990s and sold to the managers who had operated the trains under the nationalised British Rail. They later passed the company onto the Go Ahead Group, who operated them as Thames Trains. The franchise was taken over by First Group in April 2004 as part of plans to create a single franchise at Paddington. For two years, the trains were operated under the First Great Western Link banner. Go-Ahead Northern MCW Metrobus Go North East Scania L94UB/Wright Solar Brighton & Hove Bus Metrobus Scania OmniDekka 447 (YV03 RBF) Southern Class 171 Turbostar The Go-Ahead Group is a rail and bus operating company that was created following the liberalisation of the UKs train and bus industries. ... Thames Trains was a British railway company franchised (from September 1996, following the privatisation of British Rail, until 31 March 2004) to run regional and suburban trains from London Paddington station to destinations in the home counties west of London (also to Worcester, Hereford and Stratford-upon-Avon), as well... First Great Western Link was a train operating company owned by First Group that provided train services, on a franchise basis, from Paddington Station to destinations such as Slough, Reading, Didcot, Oxford, Goring and Streatley, Henley-on-Thames, Newbury, Bedwyn, Hereford, Worcester and Banbury. ...


The new 'super' franchise came into effect on 1st April 2006, and the Thames commuter routes, Inter City and Local services were combined to create "Greater Western", with all trains bearing the "First Great Western" name.

Routes

Maidenhead Railway Bridge The Great Western Main Line is a main line railway in England that runs westwards from London Paddington station to Temple Meads station in Bristol. ... The Greenford branch line is a 2¾ mile (4. ... A First Great Western Link Network Express Turbo unit at Evesham station on 19th September 2004, with a service for London Paddington. ... The North Downs Line is the name of the passenger train service connecting Reading, on the Great Western Main Line, to Gatwick Airport, on the Brighton Main Line. ... The Henley Banch Line is a small railway line between Twyford in Berkshire, England and Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. ... The Cherwell Valley Line is the railway line from Didcot to Banbury via Oxford. ... The Oxford to Bicester Line is a short branch line linking Oxford and Bicester in Oxfordshire, England. ... The Slough to Windsor & Eton Branch Line is a small railway line from the Great Western Main Line at Slough to Windsor and Eton, Berkshire in Berkshire, England. ...

Local routes

A Wessex Trains Class 158, now operated by First Great Western as part of the local fleet. Units will be repainted over the next two years
A Wessex Trains Class 158, now operated by First Great Western as part of the local fleet. Units will be repainted over the next two years

First Great Western run the majority of local trains in the South West. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1280x960, 621 KB) Wessex Trains Class 158 DMU 158863 in Alphaline livery approaches Bristol Temple Meads on a Cardiff-Portsmouth harbour (or vice versa) service. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1280x960, 621 KB) Wessex Trains Class 158 DMU 158863 in Alphaline livery approaches Bristol Temple Meads on a Cardiff-Portsmouth harbour (or vice versa) service. ...


Local trains run on a range of north-south routes from Cardiff, Gloucester and Worcester in the north to Weymouth, Southampton, Portsmouth and Brighton in the south. Many of these services run via Bristol, which acts as the hub of the network. The company also runs the local routes and branch lines in Devon and Cornwall, such as the Newquay and St Ives holiday lines, and the Devon network of branches to Exmouth, Paignton and Barnstaple. When First acquired the local franchise in 2006, it considered starting the Cardiff–Portsmouth Harbour trains from Rhoose Cardiff International Airport Station, calling also at Barry before Cardiff Central—however this option was not adopted. This article is about the capital city of Wales. ... This article is about the city of Gloucester in England; for other uses see Gloucester (disambiguation). ... This article is about the city of Worcester in England. ... , Weymouth is a town in Dorset, England, United Kingdom, situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey on the English Channel coast. ... For other uses, see Southampton (disambiguation). ... For other places with the same name, see Portsmouth (disambiguation). ... For other places with the same name, see Brighton (disambiguation). ... This article is about the English city. ... , The town should not be confused with New Quay in Wales. ... , St Ives (Cornish: ) is a seaside town, civil parish and port in the Penwith district of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rhoose Cardiff International Airport railway station is a railway station that serves Cardiff International Airport in the village of Rhoose. ... Barry railway station is a railway station serving the town of Barry in South Wales. ... Cardiff Central railway station (Welsh: Caerdydd Canolog) is a major British railway station in Cardiff, Wales. ...


For a fuller description of the routes operated by First Great Western, see the following links.

Main Lines
Branch Lines

The Tarka, Riviera and Avocet lines operate as a network known internally as the 'Devon Metro'[7] The TransWilts line only has to services per direction per day. Maidenhead Railway Bridge The Great Western Main Line is a main line railway in England that runs westwards from London Paddington station to Temple Meads station in Bristol. ... 0. ... The Wessex Main Line is the railway line from Bristol Temple Meads to Southampton. ... The Atlantic Coast Line is a railway line from Par, near St. ... The Avocet Line is the railway line from Exeter to Exmouth, UK. The line follows the River Exe for most of its route, giving views of the estuary. ... The Golden Valley Line is a railway line from Swindon to Standish Junction, which is just south of Gloucester, UK. Most passenger services continue beyond Gloucester to Cheltenham Spa. ... Heart of Wessex Line branding on a Class 31 locomotive The Heart of Wessex Line is a United Kingdom railway line that runs from Bristol to Westbury to Weymouth. ... The Looe Valley Line is a railway line from Liskeard to Looe in Cornwall, UK. The line follows the valley of the River Looe for much of its course. ... The Maritime Line is a railway line from Truro to Falmouth in Cornwall, UK. The line travels close to the River Fal for some of its length. ... The Riviera Line is a local railway line that connects the city of Exeter to the English Riviera resorts of Torbay in Devon, England. ... The Severn Beach Line is a local railway in Bristol, UK, running from Narroways Junction to Severn Beach. ... The St Ives Bay Line is a railway line from St Erth to St Ives in Cornwall. ... The Tamar Valley Line is a railway line from Devonport in Plymouth Devon, to Gunnislake in Cornwall, England. ... The Tarka Line is a railway line from Exeter to Barnstaple in Devon, UK. There is also a branch to Okehampton, which has recently reopened to passenger trains. ... The Wessex Main Line is the railway line from Bristol Temple Meads to Southampton. ...


Management and operations

First Great Western have three major depots: Old Oak Common, two miles from Paddington; Laira in Plymouth; and St Phillips Marsh, near Bristol Temple Meads, with smaller depots at Penzance, Landore and Exeter. Paddington Station, March 2005 during rush hour Paddington station or London Paddington station is a major National Rail and London Underground station complex in the Paddington area of London. ... This article is about the city of Plymouth in England. ... Bristol Temple Meads railway station is a major rail transport hub in Bristol, England. ...


The current Managing Director of First Great Western is Andrew Haines, who replaced Alison Forster in September 2007 after criticisms of the way the service was run.[8]. Other directors are James Burt (Customer Service), Graham Boot-Handford (Engineering), Ben Caswell (Finance), Kevin Gale (Trains), Tom Stables (Commercial Services) and Dawn Murphy (Human Resources). The chairman is Charles Howeson who replaced Sir Chay Blyth in November 2007[9]. Andrew Haines has appointed three route directors to help with the day to day running of the company, they are; John Curley(West Region), Mark Hopwood (High Speed Services) and Mike Carroll (East Region). Previous Managing Directors have included Alison Forster (now director of safety at First Group), Chris Kinchin-Smith, Mike Carroll (who is now East Region route director) and Dr Mike Mitchell (now Director General of Railways at the Department for Transport).[citation needed] Sir Charles Blyth, CBE, BEM (born 14 May 1940), known as Chay Blyth, is a Scottish yachtsman and rower. ... In the United Kingdom, the Department for Transport is the government department responsible for the transport network. ...


Performance

The latest performance statistics released by the Office of Rail Regulation place First Great Western at the bottom of the table in terms of performance. The PPM measure for First Great Western's High Speed services for the first quarter of the financial year 2007/8 were at 83.8%, down 2.7% on the same period last year, and below the sector level. [10]


Not of delays are attributable to FGW. In Sept 2007 the ORR defended its position to allow Network Rail an additional 2 months to fix infrastructure problems before imposing enforcement action and fines due to their performance [1]. The ORR said the First Great Western train service "continues to suffer from very high levels of delays attributed to Network Rail" and had described Network Rail's performance as being "exceptionally disappointing".


Rolling stock

Class 43 High Speed Train

First Great Western use their large fleet of 43 HST sets[11] to operate most long-distance services from Paddington to destinations such as Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea, Cheltenham, Plymouth and Penzance. Not all of the fleet is leased, with some sets having been bought outright by First.


A typical un-refreshed HST set comprises two engines (one at each end) and passenger coaches A-H. Coach A is the 'Quiet Coach' in which passengers are asked to 'respect their fellow passengers' when using mobile phones, personal stereos etc. This coach features 63 seats (forward and rear facing, some around tables), the train manager's office, wheelchair area and one toilet (at the opposite end to the office). Coaches B, C and D are 'Standard Coaches' featuring 76 seats (forward and rear facing, some around tables) and two toilets (one at either end). Coach E is the 'Disabled/Family Coach' and features 75 seats around a greater number of tables (forward and rear facing), one standard toilet and one disabled toilet (one at either end) and a wheelchair area. Coach F is the 'Buffet Coach'. This coach features a varying number of First Class seats (1+2 configuration), with all but one around tables; there is no toilet. Coaches G and H each feature about 47 First Class seats (forward and rear facing, all around tables); in coach G there is a wheelchair area. Two First Class toilets are located in each coach, one at either end.


HST Refresh

First Great Western new High Density HST Carriage

In 2005 First Great Western announced that the High Speed Train fleet was to be re-engined and refurbished, however it is known as a 'refresh' for technical reasons. As a result there are two fleets of HST, some refurbished into a high-density layout of (mostly) airline-style seats for services along the M4 corridor to Bristol and Cardiff, with only two tables in the whole carriage. The remainder have been refurbished with four tables per carriage. Both fleets feature leather seats in First Class and at-seat power points. Currently a trial is under way which involves removing buffet cars from three HST sets that are only used on London–Bristol/Cardiff journeys to see if an improved performance is possible. The contract to carry out the refurbishment of the coaches was awarded to Bombardier of Derby.[12] Over half of the fleet is currently in service in a refreshed condition. The powercars are receiving new MTU engines. These are being fitted by Brush Traction of Loughborough and the programme is nearly complete with only four power cars still in service with Paxman 'Valenta' engines.[13] Re-engined powercars are easily identified as they carry a blue livery and have new headlight clusters.[14] The new engines are claimed to be 15% more efficient. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2848 × 2136 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2848 × 2136 pixel, file size: 1. ... For other uses, see Bombardier (disambiguation). ... Derby (pronounced dar-bee ) is a city in the East Midlands of England. ... MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH is a manufacturer of commercial engines. ... Brush Traction works in Loughborough, United Kingdom. ... Loughboroughs carillon Loughborough parish church The Brush engineering works Loughborough University Loughborough (pronounced locally as either , LUFF-burra or , LUFF-bruh, and more widely as [ˈlÊŒfËŒb(É™)ɹə]) is a town in Leicestershire, central England with a population of 57,600 as of 2004. ...


Class 142

12 of these units are coming from Northern Rail to work the Devon branches. This is because FGW are losing 12 Class 158 units to Northern. The Class 158 and Class 150/2 units currently used on Devon Branchlines will move to Bristol depot to be used on Portsmouth to Cardiff services. This will mean Class 142 units will operate 'Devon Metro' services, only to be used to strengthen other services or as two units coupled together. British Rail withdrew them from these branches in 1982 due to excessive wheel wear. Class 158, no. ... Class 150/2, no. ... This article is about the defunct entity British Railways, which later traded as British Rail. The History of rail transport in Great Britain is covered in its own article. ...


Class 143

A class 143 in Advertising vinyls for the city of Bristol
A class 143 in Advertising vinyls for the city of Bristol

First Great Western inherited the small fleet of 7 two-coach Class 143 Pacer railbuses from Wessex Trains following the franchise merger in April 2006. They are currently used on suburban services around Bristol, particularly on the Severn Beach Line, some sets were meant to be moving to Exeter depot in December 2006 to operate the Exmouth, Barnstaple and Paignton 'Devon Metro' services, but the move never went ahead due to National Rail objections. Class 142 pacers will be used on the 'Devon Metro' from December 2007 to cover for units being refreshed. The current livery is an advertising livery for Bristol. Due to the units being very un-reliable, two Class 150/1 units are being leased to help. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1152x426, 192 KB) Wessex Trains Class 143 DMU 143603 at platform 3 of Bristol Temple Meads station with a service to Avonmouth. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1152x426, 192 KB) Wessex Trains Class 143 DMU 143603 at platform 3 of Bristol Temple Meads station with a service to Avonmouth. ... The PACER project, carried out at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the mid-1970s, explored the possibility of a fusion power system that would involve exploding small hydrogen bombs (fusion bombs)—or, as stated in a later proposal, fission bombs—inside an underground cavity. ... Not to be confused with Railroad car A railcar is a self-propelled rail vehicle designed to transport passengers. ... The Severn Beach Line is a local railway in Bristol, UK, running from Narroways Junction to Severn Beach. ...


Class 150/1

First Great Western are to receive up to 10 Class 150/1 units from 2009 to replace Class 142 units temporarily brought in to cover for Class 158 units being lost to Northern. They will arrive gradually as they are released by London Midland, when they are replaced by Class 172 units. In addition to this FGW have received two units from Silverlink, these units that have already arrived are two extra units to help with the poor reliabilty of Class 143 units. As soon as crew have been trained they will be in operation as they have arrived at Bristol Depot. Northern may refer to the following articles: North Northern (automobile), an early American automobile Northern Bank, commercial bank in Northern Ireland. ... For the former British Railways region, see London Midland Region (British Railways). ... The Class 172 Turbostar will be a diesel multiple unit (DMU) similar to the Class 168, Class 170 and Class 171 Turbostars. ... Silverlink Train Services Ltd is a train operating company in the United Kingdom, with routes in North London and from London to Northampton, previously to Birmingham via Coventry prior to 2005. ...


Class 150/2

A freshly painted Class 150
A freshly painted Class 150

The fleet of 17 Two coach Class 150 Sprinter units were inherited from Wessex Trains as part of the Greater Western franchise shuffle. The fleet was refurbished by Wessex Trains in 2003 with 2+2 seating arranged in a mixture of 'airline' (face to back) and table seating. The fleet is widespread throughout the former Wessex area and carries a maroon livery with advertising vinyls for South West Tourism. Each unit is sponsored by a district, town or attraction and carries a unique livery. Several are also named. Two units were repainted into the new First 'Local' livery but all others will get the new livery when they are refeshed, the new livery consists of a blue body, with pink doors and 3 lines of place names in First Group corporate colours. As part of a national fleet shuffle eight units went to Arriva Trains Wales on the 10 December 2006, and were replaced with 8 Class 158 units. Details of the units that went can be found under Stock Cuts. The fleet will receive an internal 'refresh' during 2007 or 2008 with a fully refreshed fleet in operation by September 2008. 150244 and 150249 are the first two to be repainted into the Dynamic Lights local lines livery and both entered service on 26 January 2007. The first Class 150, 150247 has now completed its refresh and should be in service soon. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 706 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Neon 150 at Exmouth - spotted by chance :) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 706 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Neon 150 at Exmouth - spotted by chance :) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert... Arriva Trains Wales (Welsh: ) is a train operating company that operates urban and inter urban passenger services in Wales and the Welsh Marches. ... is the 344th day of the year (345th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... First Great Western is the operating name of First Greater Western Ltd,[1] a British train operating company owned by FirstGroup, which operates services in the west and south west of England and South Wales. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (common) era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Class 153

A Class 153 in "The Heart of the Wessex Line" red livery, at Truro platform 1.
A Class 153 in "The Heart of the Wessex Line" red livery, at Truro platform 1.

The Class 153 is a diesel railcar converted from a Class 155 two coach unit in the early 1990s. First Great Western have 15 which are used to strengthen services and on some of the quieter branch lines although stock shortages often see them operate on their own on busier routes. Each railcar carries one of three promotional liveries, these being for the Heart of Wessex Line, the Scenic Branches of Devon and Cornwall, and the St Ives and Looe lines. Two railcars were refurbished in early 2006 by Wessex Trains shortly before the franchise merger. They will all receive a complete overhall by September 2008. Up to seven railcars are expected to leave First Great Western in the ongoing fleet review. This now appears to be shelved as FGW are losing 12 Class 158's to Northern. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (900x600, 203 KB) A Wessex Trains class 153, in The Heart Of Wessex Line livery, at Truro. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (900x600, 203 KB) A Wessex Trains class 153, in The Heart Of Wessex Line livery, at Truro. ... A railcar (not to be confused with a railway car) is a self-propelled railway vehicle designed to transport passengers. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (common) era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...


Class 158

The Class 158 is a two-coach DMU (one 3 coach) used on regional services in the former Wessex Trains area. The fleet is currently in the process of a major reshuffle with units being swapped with Arriva Trains Wales, Central, TransPennine Express, First ScotRail and Northern during the early part of the franchise. All of the three car hybrid sets have been disbanded and all but one of the three-car ex-TransPennine sets initially replacing them have been transferred away to South West Trains, resulting in services requiring three coaches now usually being run by two-coach units, and suffering heavy overcrowding. The fleet also varies dramatically in condition, Wessex Trains refurbished a handful of units in 2005 but some units (especially the ex-TransPennine Express ones) are in very poor condition internally. The former TransPennine units also contain a small section of declassified first class seating in one vehicle. The fleet is currently being refurbished with the first unit 158761 now in service. First Great Western will lose 12 Class 158's in December 2007 to Northern. Class 142 pacers will replace these temporarily until Class 150/1 units are released by London Midland, when they replace them with Class 172's. The Class 172 Turbostar will be a diesel multiple unit (DMU) similar to the Class 168, Class 170 and Class 171 Turbostars. ...


Class 166

The Class 166 is a three coach DMU used on Paddington to Bedwyn and Oxford Services. The Class 166s can also be found on Reading to Basingstoke, North Downs Line and other routes. They are mainly found at Reading and are based at a Depot in Reading. Their main destinations are Reading, Oxford, London Paddington, Great Malvern and Hereford. All Class 166 units have received First Great Western Neon Dynamic Lines livery which was applied to 166220 first in October 2006. The North Downs Line is the name of the passenger train service connecting Reading, on the Great Western Main Line, to Gatwick Airport, on the Brighton Main Line. ... , Reading is a town, unitary authority (the Borough of Reading) and urban area in the English county of Berkshire. ... This article is about the city of Oxford in England. ... Paddington station or London Paddington is the name of a major railway station in the Paddington area of London, which is the London terminus for long distance trains to the West of England and South Wales and some West London commuter services. ... For other uses, see Hereford (disambiguation). ...


Class 180

First Great Western have supplemented the fleet inherited from British Rail with Class 180 Adelante multiple units.
First Great Western have supplemented the fleet inherited from British Rail with Class 180 Adelante multiple units.

The fourteen Class 180 ‘Adelante’ diesel multiple units were built by Alstom and entered service in 2002. They are used for semi-fast services requiring 125mph operation, however they will be replaced with shortened HSTs on most of their current duties.[15] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1508x1047, 315 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Radley First Great Western FirstGroup plc British Rail Class 180 Radley railway station Metadata This file contains additional... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1508x1047, 315 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Radley First Great Western FirstGroup plc British Rail Class 180 Radley railway station Metadata This file contains additional... Class 180, at Radley, shows off its roof. ...


These sets comprise of 5 coaches A-E, with all (unlike the HST coaches) being used in a typical setup. A 750hp Cummins QSK-19 engine is fitted under the floor of each coach, driving the wheels through a Voith torque converter. A is the 'Quiet Coach', B is the 'Refresca Coach' (the buffet coach, although the buffet is much smaller and more modern than those on HSTs). Therefore, this coach has a much greater number of Standard Class seats than the small number of First Class seats featured on the HST buffet coach. Coach C is the 'Standard Coach', D the 'First Class Coach' and E the 'Audio Coach'. This setup is unusual in that only one of the coaches features audio entertainment (unlike Virgin Trains' coaches) and that the First Class coach is sandwiched in between two Standard Class coaches (as opposed to being at the front or rear of the train like First's HST sets or Virgin Trains' sets). This article is about the diesel engine manufacturer. ... The Voith-Schneider propeller is a specialized marine propulsion system. ... ZF torque converter A cut-away model of a torque converter A torque converter is a modified form of a hydrodynamic fluid coupling, and like the fluid coupling, is used to transfer rotating power from a prime mover, such as an internal combustion engine or electric motor, to a rotating...


The entire fleet was to be withdrawn by the end of 2007, due to their poor reliability, this has now been put back until the HST Refresh programme has finished.[16]


DMU Refurbishment

A Class 150 in the new FGW local lines livery near Dawlish,Devon.

FGW will be refurbishing its DMU fleet based in the West region in an 11m pound investment [2]. The refurbishment will include improvements to the saloon, vehicle performance and driver environment. CCTV will be also be fitted. At the same time, the vehicles will be fitted with the new FGW livery. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,632 × 1,224 pixels, file size: 262 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) First Great Western no. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,632 × 1,224 pixels, file size: 262 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) First Great Western no. ...


The Class 158s are being sent to Wabtec in Doncaster for refurbishment. History Wabtec Corporation was formed in November 1999 when Westinghouse Air Brake Company merged with MotivePower Industries, Inc. ...


The Classes 143 and 150 and will be refurbished by Pullman Rail at Cardiff Canton.[17]


The updated trains will carry the new Local Lines livery and be fitted with new seats, lighting, laminated windows, and new grab handles. The Class 150s and 143s will be refurbished at Pullman Rail's Cardiff Canton facility. These will also carry the new Local Lines Livery and will receive similar changes to their interiors as the class 158s. The Class 153s refurbishment wll be carried out at Wabtec Eastleigh[18] The first 158, 158761 has now been released from Wabtec and is in service now with the first 150,150247 refreshed and entering service soon. Several more 158's are at Wabtec and two 153's are at Eastleigh being refurblished.


Livery

The new franchise will involve revinyling the HST fleet into First Group’s new 'dynamic lines' livery for Intercity services. The Class 165 and 166 Turbos have also received this livery.[19] A second livery will be applied to the DMU fleet. This is based on the names of places served by the franchise, similar to the livery used by Wessex Trains.[20] A Wessex Class 153 A Class 150/2 unit in West Country advertising livery. ...


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Current fleet

Class Image Type Top speed Number Routes operated Built
mph km/h
Class 43 High Speed Train diesel locomotive 125 200 116[21] All Intercity Routes except Night Riviera Sleeper 1976 - 1982
2005/6/7/
(Refurbished)
Class 57/6 diesel locomotive 95 152 4 Sleeper Service:
London Paddington - Penzance
Emergency HST Hauling
1997 - 2004
Class 142 Pacer diesel multiple unit 75 120 12
(17 by 2008)
Devon Branches 1985-1987
Class 143 Pacer diesel multiple unit 75 120 7 Bristol Local services 1989 - 1992
Class 150/1 Sprinter diesel multiple unit 75 120 2
(10 by 2009)
Bristol Local Services 1984 - 1987
Class 150/2 Sprinter diesel multiple unit 75 120 17 Local services in Cornwall and Devon
St Erth - St Ives (Summer)
Par - Newquay
Liskerd - Looe
Truro - Falmouth
Plymouth - Gunnislake
Avocet Line
Riviera Line
Tarka Line
1984 - 1987
Class 153 Super Sprinter diesel multiple unit 75 120 11 Local services in Cornwall and Devon
Bristol - Weymouth
St Erth - St Ives (Winter)
Liskeard - Looe
Westbury - Southampton Shuttle
1991 - 1992
Class 158 Express Sprinter diesel multiple unit 90 145 21 Cardiff - Portsmouth/Brighton
Bristol - Penzance
Bristol - Worcester and Great Malvem
Cornish and Devon Mainline Local Services
1989 - 1992
Class 165/1 Network Turbo diesel multiple unit 90 145 36 Local Services out of Paddington 1992
Class 166 Network Express Turbo diesel multiple unit 90 145 21 Reading - Basingstoke
Reading - Gatwick
Local services out of Paddington
1992 - 1993
Class 180 Adelante diesel multiple unit 125 200 14 London Paddington - Bristol Temple Meads via Bath Spa
London Paddington - Exeter via Pewsey
London Paddington - Cardiff Central
London Paddington - Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa (via the Golden Valley Line)
London Paddington - Hereford
2000 - 2001
Mark 3 Coach Passenger Rolling stock 125 200 464 All Intercity Routes 1972 - 1988
2006/7/8(Refreshed)

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Controversy

First Great Western consulted on a new timetable due to be introduced in December 2006. Campaigners accused the company of cutting evening commuter services, but First Great Western denied this and said there had been significant improvements under the new franchise.


In December 2006/January 2007 First Great Western were responsible for a great number of cancellations and delays each day, mainly attributed to shortages in train crew or a lack of serviceable trains, leaving some branch lines with just bus services, and some areas with little service at all.


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  • From 2-5 January, FGW decided to shorten some of the local DMU fleet to try and cut down on the amount of cancellations and lack of serviceable trains.
  • On 9 January 2007 First Great Western announced some timetable changes, in response to customer complaints about overcrowding on local trains[22]
Fake tickets distributed by protestors on 22 January 2007
  • On 22 January commuters on the Bath-Bristol service staged a protest about overcrowding, issuing participants with imitation tickets printed with "Ticket type: standing only", "Class: cattle truck", "Destination: to hell and back", "Price: up 12%". The company threatened protestors with criminal prosecution and fines of £5,000, but staff failed to enforce ticket requirements.[23]
  • On 24 January, Alison Forster, FGW's Managing Director, apologised to its customers about its recent problems.[24] She has also prompted a debate in the House of Commons following the timetable changes.[25]

First Group announced on 6 September 2007 changes to their management structure, apparently designed to strengthen the FGW commuter services. Anthony Smith, head of the rail users council, Passenger Focus, commented, "A fresh management approach is welcome. Clearly, looking at the passenger satisfaction scores for First Great Western, the train company and Network Rail have a lot to do. However, passengers will believe it when they see improvements."[26] is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1200 × 900 pixel, file size: 179 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Photograph taken by me today of fake ticket distributed freely by fare strike movement and reproduced freely in press and TV. I, the... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1200 × 900 pixel, file size: 179 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Photograph taken by me today of fake ticket distributed freely by fare strike movement and reproduced freely in press and TV. I, the... is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2004-2005, 79.6% of trains arrived on time (defined as within 10 minutes of their scheduled arrival time).[27] On 22 December 2006, First Great Western InterCity service was declared the worst in Britain for delays, according to figures from the Office of Rail Regulation, with more than one in four trains running late.[28] First was also the only train company actually to achieve a year-on-year fall in performance results. is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


At the same time, Network Rail, the Infrastructure provider, has been heavily criticised by the rail regulator (the ORR) for their performance on Great Western Routes, being described as "exceptionally disappointing". In September 2007 they were given a further 2 months to improve performance before enforcement action and fines would be imposed.


References

  1. ^ First Great Western - Copyright. Retrieved on 2006-07-15.
  2. ^ a b "FirstGroup wins rail franchises", BBC News Online, 2005-12-13. 
  3. ^ 43132 in First Great Western green,with 'Barbie' coaches. Retrieved on 2006-10-09.
  4. ^ Original First Barbie - Revised First Barbie - Final version of First Barbie - retrieved 8/9/2006
  5. ^ Statement Re: Award of The Greater Western & Thameslink/Great Northern Franchises. FirstGroup plc (2005-12-13). Retrieved on 2007-09-25.
  6. ^ - Page from the franchise site confirming the abandonment of sub brands[dead link]
  7. ^ County deeply concerned over major cuts to local rail services. Devon County Council (2006-02-17). Retrieved on 2006-07-27.
  8. ^ "First Great Western changes boss", BBC News Online, 2007-09-18. 
  9. ^ "Consumer Champion to Chair FGW Board", First Great Western, 2007-11-09. 
  10. ^ National Rail Trends First Quarter of 07/08. Office of Rail Regulation.
  11. ^ First Great Western - High Speed Trains. First Great Western. Retrieved on 2006-07-18.
  12. ^ Bombardier Wins Vehicle Renovation And Bogie Overhaul Work Worth Up To $260 Million US From UK’s First Great Western. Bombardier (2006-06-06). Retrieved on 2006-07-15.
  13. ^ Rail Minister launches Angel Trains' fleet of re-engined High Speed Trains (2006-07-07). Retrieved on 2006-07-15.
  14. ^ Picture of First Great Western powercar in blue livery. Retrieved on 2006-07-27.
  15. ^ Mixed news for rail users at Westminster summit. Michael John Foster MP (2006-01-30). Retrieved on 2006-07-18.
  16. ^ "Rail firm goes back to 30-years to boost reliability", Evening Standard, 2007-09-10. Retrieved on 2007-09-12. 
  17. ^ Plans for FGW Local stock refurbishment. www.therailwaycentre.com (2007-06-25). Retrieved on 2007-06-27.
  18. ^ Preview of the first refurbished Class 158. www.therailwaycentre.com. Retrieved on 2007-10-06.
  19. ^ The first unit to be reliveried 166220 (2006-10-04). Retrieved on 2006-10-10.
  20. ^ 150249 Heads North Up Dawlish Warren Passing Langstone Rock (2007-08-11). Retrieved on 2007-09-25.
  21. ^ HST Power Car - Fleet List. 125 Group (2007-09-01).
  22. ^ First Great Western announces timetable changes. First Great Western (2007-01-09).
  23. ^ "Passengers in rush-hour protest", BBC News Online, 2007-01-22. Retrieved on 2007-09-25. 
  24. ^ Statement from Alison Forster, Managing Director of First Great Western. First Great Western (2007-01-24). Retrieved on 2007-09-25.
  25. ^ Houseof Commons Hansard Debates for 24 Jan 2007 (2007-01-24).
  26. ^ Milmo, Dan. "All change on the Great Western line", The Guardian, 2007-09-07. Retrieved on 2007-09-25. 
  27. ^ Posters displayed at stations as required by Passenger Charter
  28. ^ Clark, Rhodri (2006-12-22). First Great Western's InterCity service the worst in UK with more than one in four trains late. National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers.

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First Great Western is a British train operating company owned by First Group, which operates services principally on the Great Western Main Line.
The name is derived from that of the earlier Great Western Railway, which served a similar, but larger, area.
First Great Western operate InterCity services from London Paddington to Cardiff and Swansea in South Wales; Bath and Bristol; Exeter, Plymouth, Truro, and Penzance; and Cheltenham and Gloucester.
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The Atlantic and Great Western Railroad of the United States.
The Midland and Great Western Railway of Ireland.
Great Western Bank, a now-defunct bank in the Western United States.
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