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More than three-quarters of all services operated by Great Western Railway are set to change with the introduction of a completely recast timetable on December 15, as the FirstGroup franchise operator moves to capitalise on the fruits of the Great Western Route Modernisation programme and increase capacity on some routes by up to 30%.
The new timetable is a response to the requirements in the government’s 2012 invitation to tender for the franchise, and GWR accepts that its completion has taken longer than anticipated, due to delays with the electrification works and delivery of new rolling stock. This had caused a great deal of disruption and urgent replanning of fleet deployment and timetables over the past few years, but the company told Railway Gazettethat ‘we are on the last stretch of our climb to Everest’.
This article first appeared on www.railwaygazette.com
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