Friday, November 02, 2007

First Great Western improvements

First Great Western continues to make progress in upgrading its aging HST fleet. Last night the 18:03 to Penzance left London with an interesting mix of old and new style carriages.

This train and the one that leaves an hour later both offer dining car service, a feature that is all but lost on modern British train journeys.

The stations are also showing signs of improvements, but more policing around the entrance and car park at Taunton would be most welcome.

Which brings me to the fact that many of the limited stop trains from Paddington to Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance do not stop at Tiverton Parkway. This is strange because all (I think) of Virgin Cross Country's services do stop there, providing a much better service to Birmingham than to the capital. Tiverton has better parking and serves a largely rural community with a huge catchment area. Built in 1986 it is geared to modern travel needs and has good bus services as well as a cycle connection to the nearest communities.

So if Virgin can stop there for 2 to 3 minutes, why not FGW?