Thames Trains


Thames Trains

Infobox Rail companies
bgcolor=FFFFFF
image_filename=165137 at Reading.jpg
widthpx=300px
franchise=Thames
logo_filename=Thames Trains logo.pngnameforarea=Region
regions=Thames Valley
secregions=West Country
fleet=62 (Classes 165 and 166)
franchise=Thames Trains
October 1996 - March 2004
stations=Similar number to that of
First Great Western Link
parent_company=Go-Ahead Group
website=www.thamestrains.co.uk
websitename=www.thamestrains.co.uk

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 station to destinations in the home counties west of London, to Worcester, Hereford and Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Reading to Gatwick Airport service.

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 Western franchise 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 Trains franchise 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 crash in October 1999.

Fleet

ee also

*First Great Western Link
*Rail transport in the United Kingdom

External links

* [http://www.firstgreatwesternlink.co.uk/ First Great Western Link]
s-ttl|title=Operator of Thames franchise
years=1996 - 2004


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