First Great Western trains from Bristol get more seats

Bath and North East Somerset Council has welcomed plans to put on extra carriages for First Great Western services in the Bristol and Bath area.

The train operator will add extra carriages for peak times during Mondays to Fridays for commuters.

Councillor Roger Symonds said the council had lobbied the government for several years and was pleased the suggestions had worked.

The extra carriages will be put into service by mid-December.

Services from Bristol to Keynsham, Oldfield Park, Bath Spa and Freshford will get an extra carriage, rising from three to four, on the 08:41 GMT and 17:49 GMT services on Mondays to Fridays.

Bath Spa to Bristol Temple Meads via Oldfield Park and Keynsham will increase its carriages from two to four at 08:47 GMT, from one to two carriages at 14:15 GMT and from two to three at 16:07 GMT. These trains also call at Freshford on weekdays.

Each carriage has up to 75 seats.

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