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Welsh Secretary welcomes extra train seats impact for Welsh passengers

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Secretary of State for Wales, Cheryl Gillan has today [22nd November] welcomed an announcement by Rail Minister Theresa Villiers that some of…

Secretary of State for Wales, Cheryl Gillan has today [22nd November] welcomed an announcement by Rail Minister Theresa Villiers that some of the busiest rail routes in the country will receive a boost in the number of seats available on First Great Western services. 

At least four London/Swansea trains will have additional capacity during morning and peak services, as a result of today’s announcement which will boost the number of carriages and services in time for the London 2012 Olympic Games.  Thames Valley passengers will receive 4,500 additional seats each day into and out of London Paddington, which will have an impact on services to South Wales. 

Mrs Gillan said: “The boost in the number of seats becoming available on these services will have an impact on services to South Wales and regular travellers between Swansea and London should notice a positive difference on some of the services.  The UK Government is committed to improving the rail network to enhance Wales’ connectivity with the rest of the country and within its own communities.

“In March, the UK Government announced its plans to electrify the Great Western Main Line between London and Cardiff, recognising that improved rail infrastructure and lower journey times are vital components for delivering a successful economic recovery in Wales and this is something that we will continue to build upon.”

For more information on the Rail Minister’s announcement, click here