Great Western Railway

 

Train Type

 Intercity Express Trains (IET) - 5 or 10 Carriages

Routes operated

All Intercity mainline routes between Cornwall / Devon / South Wales / Hereford / Worcester and London Paddington

Accommodation for wheelchair users in First Class? Yes - Coach 'E' and 'L'
First Class accessible toilet? Yes - Coach 'E' and 'L'
Accommodation for wheelchair users in Standard Class? No
Standard Class accessible toilet? Yes - Coach 'A' and 'G'
Standard toilet? Yes
Boarding ramp available? Yes
Priority seating? Yes
Audible information? Yes
Visual information? Yes
Colour contrasting grab rails? Yes
Customer service staff available onboard? Yes

 

Train Type

Intercity Express Trains (IET) - 9 Carriages

Routes operated

All Intercity mainline routes between Cornwall / Devon / South Wales / Hereford / Worcester and London Paddington

Accommodation for wheelchair users in First Class? Yes - Coach 'L'
First Class accessible toilet? Yes - Coach 'L'
Accommodation for wheelchair users in Standard Class? Yes - Coach 'A'
Standard Class accessible toilet? Yes - Coach 'A'
Standard toilet? Yes
Boarding ramp available? Yes
Priority seating? Yes
Audible information? Yes
Visual information? Yes
Colour contrasting grab rails? Yes
Customer service staff available onboard? Yes

 

Train Type

Class 387 EMU - electric multiple unit

Routes operated

Stopping services from London Paddington along Thames Valley to Didcot Parkway / Newbury

Accommodation for wheelchair users in First Class? No
First Class accessible toilet? No
Accommodation for wheelchair users in Standard Class? Yes
Standard Class accessible toilet? Yes
Standard toilet? Yes
Boarding ramp available? Yes
Priority seating? Yes
Audible information? Yes
Visual information? Yes
Colour contrasting grab rails? Yes
Customer service staff available onboard? No - Driver Only Operation (DOO)

 

Train Type

Castle Set - Class 43 & 4 Mk3 Carriages

Routes operated

Cardiff Central - Bristol Temple Meads - Taunton - Exeter St Davids - Penzance

Accommodation for wheelchair users in First Class? N/A
First Class accessible toilet? N/A
Accommodation for wheelchair users in Standard Class? Yes* - Coach 'C'
Standard Class accessible toilet? Yes* - Coach 'C'
Standard toilet? Yes
Boarding ramp available? Yes
Priority seating? Yes
Audible information?
Yes
Visual information? Yes*
Colour contrasting grab rails? Yes
Customer service staff available onboard? Yes
*Facilities are available where the trains have been upgraded with power operated sliding doors.

 

Train Type
Class 57 locomotive with up to 9 Mk3 Sleeper Carriages
Routes operated

London Paddington to Penzance overnight journeys

Cabin accommodation for wheelchair users? Yes - 1 accessible cabin per train
Cabin accommodation accessible toilet? Yes - next to the accessible cabin
Accommodation for wheelchair users in Standard Class? One wheelchair space with nearby seating for a companion in Coach 'B'
Standard Class accessible toilet? Yes
Standard toilet? Yes
Boarding ramp available? Yes
Priority seating? Yes
Audible information? Yes
Visual information? No
Colour contrasting grab rails? Yes
Customer service staff available onboard? Yes

 

Train Type

Class 143  - 2 carriage diesel multiple unit - (to be phased out by 2020)

Routes operated

Local services in the Exeter area

Accommodation for wheelchair users in First Class? N/A
First Class accessible toilet? N/A
Accommodation for wheelchair users in Standard Class? Wheelchairs are accommodated in the flexible space area adjacent to the door behind the drivers cab.
Standard Class accessible toilet? Yes
Standard toilet? No
Boarding ramp available? Yes
Priority seating? Yes
Audible information? Yes
Visual information? No
Colour contrasting grab rails? Yes
Customer service staff available onboard? Yes

 

Train Type

 Class 150/0 - 3 carriage diesel multiple unit

Class 150/2 - 2 carriage diesel multiple unit

Class 153 - 1 carriage diesel multiple unit

Routes operated

Class 150/0: Reading to Basingstoke

Class 150/2 and Class 153: Primary routes - Devon and Cornwall branch-line services and routes around Bristol

Accommodation for wheelchair users in First Class? N/A
First Class accessible toilet? N/A
Accommodation for wheelchair users in Standard Class? Class 150/0: Yes
Class 150/2: None designated - space within the passenger saloon adjacent to the doors behind the driver's cab in one of the two vestibules.
Class 153: Yes - 3 seats in the carriage tip up to create wheelchair space.
Standard Class accessible toilet? Class 150/0: Yes
Class 150/2 and Class 153: No
Standard toilet? No
Boarding ramp available? Yes
Priority seating? Yes
Audible information? Yes
Visual information? Class 150/0: Digital scroll bar
Colour contrasting grab rails? Yes
Customer service staff available onboard? Yes

The Class 150 fleet is undergoing overhaul and units will be progressively modified to include provision of an accessible toilet and passenger information. The designated wheelchair position will be re-located adjacent to the accessible toilet.

 

Train Type

Class 158  - 2 or 3 carriage diesel multiple unit

Routes operated

Long distance services between Cardiff, Bristol, Exeter, Portsmouth and Worcester via Gloucester

Accommodation for wheelchair users in First Class? N/A
First Class accessible toilet? N/A
Accommodation for wheelchair users in Standard Class? Wheelchair space is available adjacent to the priority seats (65 - 66). A seat with a flip up table is also available.
Standard Class accessible toilet? Yes - located in the middle carriage on 3 carriage trains
Standard toilet? No
Boarding ramp available? Yes
Priority seating? Yes
Audible information? Yes
Visual information? No
Colour contrasting grab rails? Yes
Customer service staff available onboard? Yes

The Class 158 fleet is undergoing an overhaul and trains will be progressively modified to include enhanced passenger information.

 

Train Type

Class 165 - 2 or 3 carriage turbo diesel

Routes operated

Stopping services from London Paddington along the Thames Valley, including branch lines, between Gatwick Airport / Reading / Basingstoke branch line.

Accommodation for wheelchair users in First Class? NA
First Class accessible toilet? NA
Accommodation for wheelchair users in Standard Class? None designated - space in vestibules
Standard Class accessible toilet? No
Standard toilet? No
Boarding ramp available? No - ramp at staffed stations only
Priority seating? No
Audible information? Yes
Visual information? Yes - digital scroll bar
Colour contrasting grab rails? Yes
Customer service staff available onboard? Yes

 

Train Type

Class 166 - 3 carriage turbo diesel

Routes operated

Fast services from London Paddington along the Thames Valley to Oxford and Newbury, the Cotswolds and between Gatwick Airport and Reading.

Accommodation for wheelchair users in First Class? No
First Class accessible toilet? No
Accommodation for wheelchair users in Standard Class? 3
Standard Class accessible toilet? Yes
Standard toilet? Yes
Boarding ramp available? No - at stations only
Priority seating? No
Audible information? Yes
Visual information? Yes - digital scroll bar
Colour contrasting grab rails? Yes
Customer service staff available onboard? Yes

The Class 166 fleet is undergoing overhaul and units will be progressively modified to include provision of an accessible toilet facility. At the same time, the designated wheelchair position will be re-located adjacent to the accessible toilet.

 

Helpful Information
For more information on assisted travel with Great Western Railway, you can follow this link.
Great Western Railway 'Making Rail Accessible: Helping Older and Disabled People' document can be found here. A document showing how Great Western Railway currently meet the needs of customers who are disabled and/or have a problem with mobility.
 Seating Maps for the Hitachi IETs can be found here: 9 carriages / 5/10 carriages

Last updated:   12 July 2019