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Train timetables underway in West
A First Great Western train
Rail commuter groups are fighting the changes
A major shake-up of a train company's timetable has left some commuters in the West frustrated on the first working day of its implementation.

First Great Western has cut some services in the west of England, and also reduced the number of carriages on some trains.

One commuter said: "It's horrendous and it is getting worse."

The company said implementation of the new timetable had gone according to plan and would settle down in time.

Andrew Griffiths, from First Great Western, said: "We have had some full trains this morning.

"The capacity is there and we do need to persuade people to use high speed trains."

The revamp comes after the company won the Greater Western Franchise and had to combine its services with those previously run by Wessex Trains.

Rail watchdog groups say they will fight to get the government to re-instate all services that have been cut in the region.


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