GWR in­tro­duces Thames Tur­bos on Weston-su­per-Mare route

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Class 166 Tur­bos were in­tro­duced on longer trains in the Bris­tol area on Oc­to­ber 25, as Great West­ern Rail­way in­creases ca­pac­ity.

Trains be­tween Bris­tol Park­way and Weston-su­per-Mare now use the three-car diesel mul­ti­ple units, re­plac­ing Class 150s. This pro­vides 80% more seats per day be­tween the sta­tions, ac­cord­ing to GWR. The ‘166s’ also have air­con­di­tion­ing, WiFi and uni­ver­sally ac­ces­si­ble toi­lets.

GWR says each ‘166’ has 118 more seats per train than the ‘150’ it re­places, form­ing part of a plan for a 52% ca­pac­ity in­crease in the re­gion.

GWR Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Mark Hop­wood said: “We know that our sub­ur­ban Bris­tol ser­vices are some of our most in de­mand, and I am de­lighted to see even more of the im­prove­ments we promised com­ing into place.”

More ‘166s’ will soon start run­ning be­tween Cardiff Cen­tral and Taun­ton.

El­fan Ap Rees, Deputy Leader at North Som­er­set Coun­cil with re­spon­si­bil­ity for trans­port is­sues, said: “The train ser­vice be­tween Weston-su­per-Mare and Bris­tol is an im­por­tant com­muter link be­tween the two cen­tres, and this im­prove­ment in rolling stock is to be wel­comed. With the in­creas­ing pres­sures on our road net­work, the train ser­vice is be­com­ing a far more cost-ef­fec­tive and time-sav­ing so­lu­tion.”

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