New high speed trains confirmed for the South West

UK rail customers are set to enjoy faster and more comfortable journeys between London and Cornwall from 2018 following Government approval for a deal between Hitachi Rail Europe and FirstGroup.

London; 30 July, 2015 – The Government has today given the go-ahead for the deal that First Great Western put forward in March, which will see Hitachi deliver and maintain 29 high speed trains for the new franchise. The fleet of AT300 trains will run primarily from London Paddington to Plymouth and Penzance, replacing the 40-year-old trains currently serving this key intercity route.