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First Great Western plan for more seats in carriages

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

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First Great Western could be converting some of its first class seats in a bid to get more passengers on board.

The company believes it can increase capacity by 16 per cent on its train by converting some of the first class lounges.

The first class seats are said to generally be no more than 70 per cent full.

The company believes it will be crucial to boosting the network capacity.

It will mean an extra 3,000 seats on high-speed services into London during peak times and the first converted carriages will be finished in June.

The entire fleet, servicing the south west, including Gloucestershire, will be completed by summer 2015.

A standard carriage contains 80 seats - 32 more than a first class carriage.

The company’s high speed trains are made up of either six standard and two first class carriages, or five standard and 2.5 first class carriages.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  March 15 2014, 10:55AM

    Maybe they could also sort out the abortion that was Cheltenham Station yesterday, clould not get onto the Maesteg train as was sent down to the carpark, then back upto the main entrance, then behind barriers down the steps out through a side door back to the bottom of the carpark to a gate that was locked and when they unlocked the gate the train doors locked, stood on the platform and got told to catch the London train, guess what they opened the other gates and let hundreds of drunks onto the platform! To sum up I missed my train (that was nearly empty) because of the stupidity of the system put in place and had to catch a London train to Gloucester that was dangerously over crowded!

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  • jas37  |  March 14 2014, 10:05PM

    tishwash, the problem is that standard class is often far too full- standing room only at times.

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  • tishwash  |  March 14 2014, 4:48PM

    but are the standard even ever full ? lower the prices and fill the trains ?

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