The Great Western Partnership – a public/private partnership stretching from Swansea to Heathrow along the Great Western Corridor – has launched its recommendations for a 25-year investment programme on the Great Western Main Line to enable high speed train services.
The GWP commissioned Greengauge 21 to identify a series of incremental improvements to the GWML and provide evidence for the value they could add to economic performance along the Great Western Corridor.
The aim is for the GWP to establish a partnership with Government and the rail industry to deliver five core outputs:
- Recreate an intercity railway, with much faster journey times and more frequent services to London and other major cities such as Birmingham;
- Provide access to international gateways, with fast direct access to Heathrow from the west and direct services to Europe;
- Build regional and local services, to maximise the benefits of Crossrail to the Thames Valley, and provide regional metro services for Swansea, Cardiff, Swindon and Bristol at affordable fares;
- Move freight sustainably, making provision for forecast increases including new terminals;
- A continuing staged investment programme, with a 25-year rail service improvement programme through which the GWML will become part of the national High Speed Rail network.
Download the GWP COS report (500KB)