Government Wants Your Views On Rail Service

sleeper trainThe Department for Transport is asking for your views on the Great Western rail franchise.

The Government is planning to invest £5.7 billion across the whole network over the next 15 years. That will include new rolling stock and electrification of some lines, although there are currently no plans for this on routes into Devon and Cornwall.

First Great Western recently announced they’d be introducing WiFi onto their Intercity trains by Christmas. There are also plans for new sleeper carriages on the London-Penzance route.

In April, Cornwall Council’s Nigel Blackler outlined the work that his authority had undertaken in negotiating for improvements to the service and in particular the sleeper train.

He told the Transport User Forum at the Town Hall how better facilities would enhance the experiences of locals and visitors. Improvement plans include adding en-suite rooms and spaces for bikes.

The consultation will run to June 26th and you can find details here.

5 Responses to Government Wants Your Views On Rail Service

  1. NN June 4, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Thicker blankets, en-suite facility’s and the ability to be able to open a window so one can smell the mixture of night air and locomotive exhaust

  2. Jeff Eastick June 4, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    When living in Essex, we too used the overnight sleeper service from Paddington to Penzance , including our honeymoon trip to Scilly. I also used to use the sleeper service to Aberdeen when working , rather than flying from Heathrow. It is a very civilised way of travelling and the improvements outlined would add to that attraction.

  3. Gordon Bilsborough June 3, 2014 at 8:44 am

    My wife and I have used the night sleeper train from Paddington to Penzance for many years when returning home from a holiday abroad via London. We board the train at 10.30 pm, go to bed and arrive in Penzance at about 8 am after an enjoying an excellent bacon sandwich. Long may the service continue. It is good value for money.

  4. Margaret June 2, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I agree with the Avid Spectator. This is a comfortable and relaxing way to travel to and from Scilly and I feel could be promoted more. My grandchildren and I make it our first choice when possible and always make it part of the holiday experience. I would also recommend the bus station roadside cafe in Penzance, to fill in time before the boat leaves in the morning.

  5. Avid Spectator June 2, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I used the sleeper train from Penzance to London for the first time this year… it was so easy! Off the boat, into a local pub for dinner then onto the train, before I knew it we had pulled into Paddington!
    Especially loved the wake up call with a hot bacon butty and cup of tea! Excellent service… from now on this will be the ONLY way I travel back to London (and I will be encouraging others)!
    I for one, will be looking forward to seeing their new carriages… the inclusion of en-suites would be a perfect upgrade for the modern traveller.