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posted 29 Nov 2017, 07:29 by Calstock Parish Council

You may well have seen the Department for Transport’s (DfT) announcement this morning regarding its strategy for the UK rail industry, and its plans for the future of the Great Western franchise.  If not, you can download a copy at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/great-western-rail-franchise


As part of the announcement, the DfT has confirmed it will extend the current GWR franchise by 12 months until April 2020.  They have also confirmed their intention to discuss with us a further direct award franchise lasting at least two years.

We believe the DfT’s announcement today is a vote of confidence in the work we have been doing with you and all our industry and community partners.  It will bring stability and mean that we can continue to deliver improvements for our customers.

A period of detailed negotiation will now follow, but this opportunity will create further stability on the Great Western route as we continue our work to deliver the biggest investment since Brunel, transforming rail services to support the local and regional economy.

Our customers are already travelling on brand new suburban and long-distance trains, with more seats and better Wi-Fi. Going forward, Network Rail’s upgrade work will mean the biggest timetable change in a generation with more frequent and faster services, keeping people moving and communities prospering across the network for generations to come.

As well as the franchise extension, the DfT also announced it is starting a consultation into the future shape of the franchise in the future, and how we can build on the improvements we have already delivered, and are about to deliver. 

I wanted to make sure you were aware of the opportunity.  We have always believed that the Great Western is a partnership, taking local aspirations and turning them into reality, this is a chance to set down what you want for the future and I do hope you will take part in the consultation.


Mark Hopwood | Managing Director | Great Western Railway
Milford House | Swindon | Wiltshire | SN1 1HL
mark.hopwoodGWR-MD@GWR.com |


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