40min earlier arrival in Plymouth proposed
First Great Western has announced consultation on proposed changes to its West of England services.
The 07.06 Paddington to Paignton service would be diverted to Plymouth and main stations in Cornwall, achieving around a 40min earlier arrival than today’s first London train.
The present 07.30 Paddington-Penzance would run to Paignton via Bristol, retaining a London link, but with improved connections from South Wales and Bristol to Torbay. Torbay and Exeter would gain a 19min journey time improvement with the 11.06 Paignton-London leaving later and still arriving in London Paddington at 14.54.
From Cornwall, high-speed services to London would be more evenly spread through the day. New journey opportunities would be created by an 11.33 Paddington-Exeter service and 14.53 Exeter-London.
There would be a number of consequential changes to local services in Devon and Cornwall and along the Berks and Hants route.
Managing Director Mark Hopwood said: ‘After the tough times the West of England has faced in recent weeks, First Great Western has been considering how it can improve the train service between London and key destinations in Devon and Cornwall. Working with Network Rail and the Department for Transport we have developed proposals that could deliver improvements from December 2014 onwards.’