Grand Union amends GW plans

The use by Grand Union Trains of InterCity 225 sets on the Great Western main line (GWML) has been ruled out, after many of the vehicles were scrapped while GUT sought approval for its proposed open access service.

GUT had hoped to operate Mk 4 coaches and Class 91s, displaced from the East Coast main line, between London Paddington and Cardiff. Its initial application was rejected but it submitted a revised proposal to operate IC225s from May 2023, followed by introduction of new bi-mode trains in May 2025, enabling the service to extend to Carmarthen via the Swansea District line.

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