First Great Western Provides New Trains for North Cotswolds

First Great Western, a UK based railway company, has launched new trains for the north Cotswolds area of England.

In November 2012 the company entered into a GBP29 million deal with the Department of Transport, to operate new trains and add excess capacity to its network. The company intends to provide 48 new vehicles for its customers on the completion of its expansion plans.

Currently, the company has launched five new trains, comprising of 25 carriages, to serve the North Cotswolds region. The new trains are adding around 4,500 seats on the routes that include those through Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley, and out of London.

The company managing director, Mark Hopwood, said, ‘I am delighted to be able to launch the return of these trains onto the Great Western Network.

Progress has remained on target for the vehicles to be in place before the end of the summer. This will mean virtually all the peak time services we run from Worcester and Great Malvern will now be offered by high speed Class 180s rather than turbos, with five carriages rather than three.

These trains are more comfortable on board, there are more tables for the seats and they can travel faster, offering a more pleasant travelling experience.’

The trains will be offering Wi-Fi connectivity by end of 2012, providing the company’s passengers with seamless Internet connectivity for their Wi-Fi-enabled devices throughout their entire journey.

The Cotswold Hills in south-central England are a popular tourist attraction, with rolling countryside and picture postcard towns and villages.


Enjoy the Tetbury Woolsack Races in the Cotswolds

For a taste of a very British tradition, head down to the Cotswolds for the Tetbury Woolsack Races on the upcoming spring bank holiday.

The action takes place on Monday May 30th, with the town holding a street fair to celebrate the hard work of competitors and a huge number of spectators cheering on those involved.

While official races have only been running for about 30 years, it is believed that the practice of pacing up the hill in Tetbury carrying a woolsack has been going on since the 17th century.

In a statement, the organisers of the event explained: “The races have no greater aim than for individuals and teams to demonstrate their strength and fitness by racing whilst carrying a sack of wool.”

The packs carried by men and women taking part weigh 60 lb and 35 lb respectively.

It costs GBP20 for adults to register a team for a race and GBP5 for an individual. No more entrants will be accepted after 12:00 BST on the day.

Participants and spectators keen to find a Cotswold Hotel can use to find a suitable option, with the website recommending the Tortworth ourt Four Pillars Hotel among others.

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