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Modernising travel in the South West

Travel in the South West

Big Changes in 2020

Passengers, communities and businesses in the South West of England will benefit from big changes happening on our railway.

Travel in the South West


  • 93 new Intercity Express trains now operating on Great Western Railway
  • Biggest timetable change in 40 years for Great Western Railway passengers in December 2019 – 30% increase in trains for 2020
  • More room for passengers travelling on CrossCountry trains between Exeter and Bristol with 400,000 extra seats compared to 2018
Travel in the South West

Stations, tracks, depots

  • Worcestershire Parkway Station opened in late 2019
  • Bristol Temple Meads historic roof renovation worth £40 million starts 2020
South West


  • In 2020 Great Western Railway has £750,000 available for community projects
  • CrossCountry passengers can reserve a seat up to ten minutes before travel by text message
  • CrossCountry is partnered with UK Scouts to promote personal safety, with now over 35,000 activity badges awarded
South West

Major upgrade work

  • £7.5 billion is being spent on electrifying routes from London to Cardiff, station improvements, and track upgrades
  • By summer 2020 Dawlish will have a new £80 million sea wall, boosting the resilience of a vital piece of the regions infrastructure

People across the South West support rail companies’ proposals for change

The rail industry recognise the need for big changes, that's why together we submitted proposals for a radical alternative to the current franchising system to the independently-chaired Williams review looking into the future of Britain's railway. We proposed for a more customer focussed, joined-up and accountable railway.

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