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First Great Western

One of the largest rail networks in the UK, First Great Western's services are centred on London's Paddington station with services fanning out to Bristol, Cardiff and South Wales, South West England, Oxford, the Cotswolds and many local and long-distance services in between.

The main services - all operated by 125mph high speed trains - run every 30 minutes from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads via Reading, Swindon, Chippenham and Bath, every 30 minutes from London Paddington to Cardiff Central, calling at Reading, Swindon, Bristol Parkway and Newport (each hour the train continues to Swansea) and every hour to Plymouth via Reading, Taunton and Exeter (with many services continuing to Penzance).

Onboard Facilities

The facilities listed below are generally found onboard First Great Western services from London to Bristol, Cardiff / Swansea, Plymouth / Penzance and some services to Gloucester / Cheltenham and Oxford / Worcester / Hereford. Generally, local services do not offer these facilities.

Quiet Zone

All First Great Western high speed trains include two quiet carriages - one in First Class (coach G) and the other in Standard Class (coach A). Adelante trains feature one quiet carriage in coach A, at the end of the train - promising a more relaxed journey as there's no through-traffic.


All high speed trains include at least a buffet or Express Cafe serving sandwiches, cakes, hot and cold drinks. Some trains also include a Travelling Chef serving freshly prepared meals and snacks at-seat; two departures from Penzance to Paddington and back serve the classic Pullman Dining lunch and dinner menus, with locally sourced ingredients and an extensive drinks menu.


The Entertainment Carriage (Coach D in Standard Class on High Speed Trains) has at-seat TV, showing comedy, kids, sports, factual and news programmes. All you need to do is send a text to start the Volo TV service; headphones can be purchased from the buffet car.

Family Carriage

Coach D in Standard Class is designated as the family carriage on Saturdays and Sundays, and during school holidays.

First Class Benefits

First Class passengers can enjoy sitting in roomy, leather upholstered seats, ideal for leisure or for working. Tables and powers sockets are provided at every seat, along with complimentary newspaper and refreshments. First Class lounges are available at London Paddington, Bristol Temple Meads and Cardiff Central; facilities can be enjoyed by all passengers holding a valid First Class ticket.