16% more Standard class accommodation on peak high-speed services into London
First Great Western has secured agreement with the Department for Transport to increase Standard class capacity on all High Speed Trains, by converting some First class carriages.
This will create almost 3,000 more standard class seats a day, providing nearly 16% more Standard class accommodation on high speed services into London in the morning peak.
In addition to the Standard class re-seating, work will be undertaken to refresh the remaining First class accommodation, 1½ carriages per train, recognising the importance of this to commuter, business and leisure customers. This activity will include realignment of single seats, installation of privacy screens, more comfortable headrests, re-covered seats, and new carpets.
The first completed carriages are expected to be running in June 2014, with the entire fleet completed by late summer 2015. The programme to provide additional standard class seats is being funded by the Department for Transport, while the changes to First class accommodation are being funded by First Great Western.