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Quicker journeys from Swindon to London as train timetable gets biggest shake-up in 50 years

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GWR's new Intercity Express TrainGWR's new Intercity Express TrainRail operator GWR has unveiled a new timetable, with journey times to London Paddington from Swindon being slashed from 1 hour and three minutes to 50 minutes.

Speaking at the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership growth summit yesterday (Thursday) Toby Elliott, senior public affairs manager at Network Rail – joint headline sponsor of the event with GWR – told delegates that electrification of the London to Cardiff line – and the introduction of GWRs new Intercity Express Train - meant the franchise holder was able to cut journey times increase capacity by 5,000 seats on services to the capital every day.

"There will also be additional services to Bristol, Bath, and Cardiff," he said.

Commuters are being urged to check their new journey times ahead of the biggest timetable change on the network since 1976, which comes into effect from Sunday, December 15.

Responding to the launch of the new timetable, Paul Britton, chief executive of Swindon Chamber of Commerce said: “An extra 10,000 seats in the morning peak into London Paddington is great news for businesses in the Thames Valley and London.

"Updated technology, new facilities and reduced journey times for business travellers and commuters will allow them to use their time more effectively.”