- Thames Trains
Infobox Rail companies
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fleet=62 (Classes 165 and 166)
October 1996 - March 2004
stations=Similar number to that of
First Great Western Link
Thames Trains was a British railway company franchised (from September
1996, following the privatisation of British Rail, until 31 March 2004) to run regional and suburban trains from London Paddington stationto destinations in the home countieswest of London, to Worcester, Herefordand Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Reading to Gatwick Airportservice.
With effect from
1 April 2004, the now-defunct Strategic Rail Authority(SRA) transferred the franchise for these services to First Group, which also held the Great Western franchise (branding it as First Great Western) running long-distance services from Paddington station. First rebranded the franchise as First Great Western Link, which ran for two years. Both franchises were merged into the Greater Westernfranchise on 1 April 2006, in accordance with the SRA policy of having only one company running train services into any one London terminus. The new franchise, which also incorporates the former Wessex Trainsfranchise running regional services in the South-West of England, was also awarded to First Group, which runs it as First Great Western.
Thames Trains operated the train which was involved in the
Ladbroke Grove rail crashin October 1999.
First Great Western Link
Rail transport in the United Kingdom
* [http://www.firstgreatwesternlink.co.uk/ First Great Western Link]
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