First Great Western, a UK-based railway company, is offering a discounted fare on train travel for older and disabled people with bus passes.
The company is launching an experimental discounted fare for one year in collaboration with the UK Department For Transport (DfT). The scheme has been introduced by Rail Minister Norman Baker as an annual Senior Railcard, priced at £28 per person.
Mark Hopwood, the managing director for First Great Western, said, ‘First Great Western is privileged to provide services to some of the country’s leading destinations and our branch lines to Worcester and Weymouth are symbolic of that.
We are delighted to be able to take part in this trial, which should help improve access for senior citizens and people with disabilities to the services that we offer.’
Passengers who will be eligible for the fares will be able to claim them on off-peak travel between Worcester and Swindon via Stroud, and between Westbury and Weymouth.
UK rail minister, Norman Baker, said, ‘This is great news for bus pass holders and hopefully they will take full advantage of the discounts on offer through this innovative scheme.
Everybody is feeling the squeeze at the moment and this trial will help older and disabled people save money while travelling on these two important railway lines.
The railways are not only a crucial part of our country’s economic growth but they also provide a valuable link for families and friends. I am confident this scheme will help bolster those links and provide real benefits to those who need it most.’
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.