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Additional carriages for local trains welcomed

posted 19 Jan 2012, 12:38 by Freshford Village Webmaster   [ updated 19 Jan 2012, 12:38 by Parish Council Communications ]

Improvements to First Great Western rail services calling at stations in Bath and North East Somerset have been announced.  Services from Bristol Temple Meads to Keynsham, Oldfield Park, Bath Spa and Freshford will benefit from an additional carriage each at 08:41 and 17:49 (both 4 carriages instead of 3) on Mondays to Fridays.

Services from Bath Spa to Bristol Temple Meads via Oldfield Park and Keynsham will benefit from additional carriages at 08:47 (4 carriages instead of 2), 14:15 (2 carriages instead of 1), and 16:07 (3 carriages instead of 2). These trains all run on Mondays to Fridays and also call at Freshford 12-13 minutes before Bath Spa.

Each additional carriage contains 70 - 75 seats. They will be placed into service as and when First Great Western receive them. The process should be complete by mid-December.

Statistics published by the Office of Rail Regulation confirm that there were 30% more rail passenger journeys to and from stations in Bath and North East Somerset in 2009/10 than in 2004/5.