GWR targets Turbos for Devon
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 They have been replaced by Class 387/1 Electrostar electric multiple units.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.