GWR tar­gets Tur­bos for Devon

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Great West­ern Rail­way has con­firmed that it plans to use Class 16x Tur­bos as far west as Ex­eter from next year.

The two-car and three-car diesel mul­ti­ple units are be­ing steadily cas­caded to the Bris­tol area from the Thames Val­ley, where they have op­er­ated since 1992-93. They have been re­placed by Class 387/1 Elec­trostar elec­tric mul­ti­ple units.

Class 166s have taken over the Sev­ern Beach branch ser­vices, and from De­cem­ber will op­er­ate on more routes, re­leas­ing Class 15x DMUs to move to Ex­eter.

How­ever, GWR also plans to use the ‘16x’ fleet fur­ther west to boost ca­pac­ity at peak pe­ri­ods such as dur­ing the sum­mer, al­though this will re­quire in­fra­struc­ture up­grades owing to gauge dif­fer­ences with the Tur­bos.

The in­ten­tion is for GWR to use Class 150/2 and ‘158s’ to boost ca­pac­ity in the Ex­eter area, with short-form High Speed Trains also be­ing used.

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