Santa leaves sleigh behind to go by train

Santa will once again surprise Plymouth’s children on board specially decorated trains in the lead up to Christmas.

Leaving the reindeer aside Father Christmas will climb on board two Sunday special Great Western Railway trains operating between Plymouth and Totnes, providing local children with the chance to share their Christmas wish list and offering a special Christmas gift to each...

Multi-taskers making the most of train journeys

Plymouth residents are most likely to spend their journeys making new friends.

Four in five (80%) people surveyed in Plymouth consider themselves multi-taskers with some spending a third of the day attempting to juggle at least two things at once.

Research released today from CrossCountry finds that more than a quarter (29%) spend over four hours multi-tasking a day, and...

Council leader calls for improved mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity on trains

Plymouth City Council’s Leader is calling on the Government to make mobile phone companies improve mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity on trains between Plymouth and London.

Councillor Tudor Evans has written to Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, the Oliver Letwin MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture and the Digital...

FGW announce service plan during rail strike

First Great Western (FGW) has issued details of disruption to its services if planned strikes by workers go ahead over the next couple of weeks.

The company has confirmed it expects to run the majority of London Thames Valley services but long distance and local rail services will be reduced, should the planned strike action go ahead.

Should industrial action go ahead it is...

When will we be on the crucial corridor, leader asks council leader

Council leader Tudor Evans has asked for a progress report on calls for the city to be part of the Strategic National Corridor network.

And he is urging the Secretary of State for Transport to include the request as part of a new ‘back to the basics’ look of what UK Plc needs to be economically strong and successful.

Councillor Evans said: “I have written – again – to the...

Rail workers to strike over bank holiday

Rail workers on First Great Western trains are to stage a series of strikes, including over the August bank holiday weekend.

The RMT has announced the strikes following a row over the introduction of the new Hitachi trains.

The RMT says the new trains will mean a threat to jobs, services and passenger safety.

RMT members have been told not to work from 12.01am-11.59pm...

Chamber welcomes £360m investment for London to Cornwall train fleet

Plymouth & Devon Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the Government’s announcement, made today, giving the go ahead to a £360million investment in state of the art trains between London and Cornwall.

The deal comes following a letter written by Plymouth & Devon Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, Peter Hartland, to Devon MP’s earlier this summer, urging them to reach a positive...

New fleet of trains to bring better journeys to the South West

Rail passengers are set to benefit from better and faster journeys after the government gave the go-ahead for a brand new fleet of trains running between London and Cornwall.

The deal will allow First Great Western to buy 29 new long-distance trains to serve the South West from 2018.

The state-of-the-art trains will have up to 24% more seats compared to the majority of the...

RMT strike: 'Mood is united'

Rail services are severely affected after last-minute talks to avert a 48-hour strike on First Great Western (FGW) services failed.

Services between London, the west of England and Wales are hit by the walk-out which staeted at 18:30 BST yesterday.

The industrial action is also likely to affect fans heading to the first Ashes test match in Cardiff.

The dispute centres...

Rail strike to go ahead

Rail Union RMT said this morning that talks aimed at settling a dispute on First Great Western over the threat to jobs and safety from the introduction of the new Hitachi Inter-City trains have broken down without agreement and the forty eight hours of strike action across the company starting at 18.30 hours on Wednesday 8th July goes ahead as planned.

There will also be a rally in...