Wednesday, October 26, 2011


As you read this,  I will be sitting on a non-stop train between Cardiff and Paddington which is attempting to break the record for the fastest time between our capital city and London.

The train left at 12.21pm and was expected to be in London before 2.00pm  - a time of around 90 minutes as compared to the normal time of over two hours. Of course, it would not be stopping at Newport, Bristol, Swindon and Reading,

The reason for the journey is to demonstrate what a new electrified line could bring to Wales as the time to be taken will be roughly the same.

However, I would hope that it may also give First Great Western pause for thought regarding the development of a capital express train service running both ways (one in the morning and one in the evening) which would make the journey (and communications) far easier between the two cities, given that electrification is some years away.