First Great Western
The First Great Western franchise which started in April 2006 comprises the former First Great Western, First Great Western Link and Wessex Trains businesses.
First Great Western services stretch from London in the east to Brighton and Gatwick in the south, Carmarthen, Pembroke Dock and Penzance in the west and Banbury, Hereford and Worcester in the north.
First Great Western operates one of the largest and most complex rail networks in Britain, carrying over 1 1/2 million passengers every week on 9,000 services calling at more than 270 train stations.
First Great Western is the only UK Train Company to operate High Speed Inter-city, commuter, regional and sleeper services.
The High Speed Inter-city services link South Wales, the Cotswolds and the South West with London.
First Great Western provide fast and frequent commuter services for the M4 corridor, the Thames Valley and Newbury and Oxford routes and operate services in the South West, providing local commuter and leisure services and the key longer distance routes from Cardiff to Portsmouth.
The Night Riviera sleeper service links the South West to London.
First Great Western also operates direct to Gatwick Airport and to the heart of Heathrow Airport with the Heathrow Connect service.
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