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Great Western Railway & Trains


Great Western Railway & Trains




Tel: 0345 7000 125

Why not take the train to Somerset and make the journey an enjoyable part of your visit? Great Western Railway runs 9,623 services every week, calling at 280 stations. Their trains cover a total 70 million miles and carry over 100 million passengers every year, providing high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train and sleeper services across the Greater Western rail franchise area.

This includes linking Somerset with London Paddington where you will also find direct and easy connections to London Heathrow Airport. First Great Western rail services call at the following principle towns and cities in the county: Bath, Bridgwater, Castle Cary, Taunton, Weston-super-Mare and Yeovil and link the county directly to Devon & Cornwall, Bristol & South Wales, the South Coast and the Cotswolds as well as the capital. The train operator offers a variety of on board services to make the journey comfortable and enjoyable including food and drinks; free WiFi; power points for laptops; as well as Pullman Dining on selected journeys.

For full information on all of our services please see our website at : or to book tickets visit

As a Great Western Railway ticket holder you can also take advantage of a wide range of value added offers with Somerset attractions and accommodation providers. Just show your ticket when you make your purchase and take advantage of some great deals. They also have a partnership with Europcar for a car rental 'meet and greet' service at Bath Spa and Taunton stations, among others on our network.


Great Western Railway can trace its roots back to Brunel's Great Western Railway. The visionary engineer was commissioned to build the World's first mainline railway linking the cities of London and Bristol. The same route is used to this day, passing through the famous Box Tunnel just outside of Bath, and the impressive Sydney Gardens within the city itself. The generous spacing of the railway lines is a throw-back to the 7ft gauge that Brunel adopted when building the line. This enables the track to be relayed to the British 'standard gauge' of 4ft 8 and a half inches from the 1860's to conform with the rest of the British railway network. Folklore has it that the sun shines through the length 1.83 mile long Box Tunnel every year on Brunel's birthday, but alas this is just legend. Brunel saw the Great Western Railway between London and Bristol as being just the first leg of the journey between London and America - his steamships from Bristol providing the next portion of the trip between Bristol and New York. His famous ship, the SS Great Britain is kept on display in Bristol Docks.

Overseas Visitors:

Britrail Pass holders, available to overseas visitors to the UK, can take advantage of reduced fares on Great Western Railway. The Pass now has a 'South-West' version allowing travel over the entire South-West of England and South Wales, also encompassing those train services provided by South West Trains who operate from London Waterloo station. We are also very proud to announce that our London to Bath Spa, Taunton and Bridgwater routes are now included as an add-on to all Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Aviance, Cathay Pacific, Royal Brunei and Oman Air flights to / from London Heathrow Airport.


From October 2017, Great Western Railway will start to introduce its new Intercity Express Trains on the mainline routes through Somerset.  This will mean that travellers to Somerset will enjoy more trains, more seats and faster journey times as the new Intercity Express Train (IET) fleet replace our existing High Speed Train sets.  The IETs will operate using a combination of electric supply where available and on-board diesel motors where the over-head electricity supply has not been installed.  This is just part of the transformation of GWR train services throughout the South West of England and South Wales.  The modernisation project will also see improvements in regional services in Somerset, with existing train services being bolstered or replaced by trains that previously worked in the Thames Valley area.

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