Seven GWR HSTs to go at De­cem­ber timetable change

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The first Great West­ern Rail­way High Speed Trains to be sent of­flease but which are not des­tined for ScotRail will be with­drawn in the com­ing weeks.

GWR is due to in­tro­duce a ‘rolled over’ timetable this month, which should in­clude more In­ter­city Ex­press Trains be­ing put into traf­fic.

This will en­able seven HSTs to be re­moved from ser­vice. These will not be des­tined for SR, and in­stead will be stored pend­ing de­vel­op­ments.

The op­er­a­tor has pre­vi­ously sug­gested that rather than Porter­brook pay­ing to put HSTs into stor­age, it would in­stead be in­ter­ested in re­tain­ing HSTs for a longer pe­riod to act as a con­tin­gency through the year.

Cur­rently all long-dis­tance GWR HSTs are sched­uled to be re­placed by mid-March. None of these sets are able to op­er­ate beyond De­cem­ber 31 2019, be­cause they are not fit­ted with ac­ces­si­bil­ity fea­tures to meet the re­quired dead­line.

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