Great Western Railway announced today (February 24) that investment has been agreed with the Department for Transport that will, from 2018, bring brand new hybrid trains capable of switching between diesel and electric power to replace the diesel turbo fleet now serving Bedwyn travellers.
This investment means that when track electrification is extended to Newbury, Bedwyn passengers will not be forced to change trains, and direct services to and from London Paddington can be maintained.
Speaking after the announcement, Claire Perry MP described it as ‘such brilliant news for our local train services’: “I’ve been working for the last five years to make sure electrification does not disrupt our journeys.”
“I made the case first for electrification to be extended to Bedwyn, and then for the Department for Transport to change the terms of the GWR franchise so that the company could buy new hybrid trains to serve this line.”
“It is such good news that the work has paid off and we can look forward to brand new hybrid trains offering direct journeys to London when electrification to Newbury happens.”
“We just need to ensure that the necessary local works to extend the siding at Bedwyn take place and I am working with the Great Bedwyn Parish Council and the Bedwyn Trains Passenger Group to ensure that this happens.”