Transport Whip Bill Wiggin MP has welcomed today’s news that rail passengers travelling between Hereford, Worcester and London Paddington are soon to benefit from improved services.

Five Class 180 Adelante trains, which are more spacious and comfortable than the current units, will start replacing most older Turbos on the North Cotswolds line from spring next year.

Furthermore, the addition of an extra Standard Class carriage on key peak time services – including the 0517 Great Malvern to Paddington and the 1822 Paddington to Hereford – will provide a much needed boost to capacity.

On learning of the changes Bill said, ‘This is excellent news for Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

An integrated, effective and sustainable rail network is essential for a dynamic economy – bringing countless benefits to passengers and businesses alike.

Adding carriages to some of the busiest routes in Britain, and extensively improving the Great Western franchise, are both key parts of the Government’s work to improve our transport system.

I am confident these encouraging changes will make a real difference to thousands of local residents fed up with crowded and uncomfortable peak-time train journeys.’