Sunday, 17 December 2017

First Great Western to run Henley line until 2015

FIRST Great Western has signed a new contract to continue running the Henley branch line.

FIRST Great Western has signed a new contract to continue running the Henley branch line.

The train operator signed an agreement with the Department for Transport on Wednesday.

The new contract will come into effect next Sunday and will expire on September 20, 2015.

All existing timetabled services will be maintained and FGW will begin a programme to extend free WiFi passengers.

The company will also hold talks with the DfT about introducing a ?smart ticketing? scheme which will allow passengers to book tickets electronically.

It is planning to introduce a fleet of electric trains for the Thames Valley, Oxford and Newbury, which will release capacity to strengthen services in other areas of the network.

The new deal will mean FGW will oversee the first stages of electrification from London to Newbury, Oxford, Bristol and Swansea, the next stages of the delivery of Crossrail and the completion of the Reading remodelling work.

In December, the 7.44am service from Henley to London Paddington was revealed to be the busiest train in the country. It was found to carry 80 per cent more passengers than its official capacity.

Fares are due to rise in from January.

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