Trains used by First Great Western on its routes across six counties are on average 30 years old, according to a comparative study carried out by the Campaign for Better Transport.
Rail passengers in the South West also experience the worst disabled access to stations, the region coming second from bottom of a league table measuring station quality.
The campaign group announced that there are now “huge disparities” in the quality of train services in different parts of Britain and blamed the Government for strategic failures.
First Great Western admitted there was still work to do to provide step-free access to 111 of its 208 stations, adding that funding applications had been made to improve 53 of them.
Figures from the Officer of the Rail Regulator (ORR) to determine the average age of trains running on the networks showed that the average age of trains leased from by First Great Western is 30 years old, CBT chief executive Stephen Joseph declaring: “The research exposes the huge disparities in the quality of train services across the country.
“Importantly, it suggests the answer is to give local administrations more control over their rail networks. By devolving more decision-making we can make full use of local knowledge and target investment where it will bring the biggest benefits.”
First Great Western pointed out that the government has announced more than £14 billion investment in the Great Western network, including the electrification of the GW mainline.
New Intercity Express trains, replacing FGW current fleet of high speed trains will not begin to roll-out until June 2017.