Great Western Railway has announced the date for the last Class 43 HST service from London Paddington.
The last express HST from Paddington will depart on Saturday, 18th May 2019.
Due to a large number of passengers expected to ride the last HST from Paddington, the train operator has announced that seats on board the service will be reservation only.
High Speed Trains are being replaced with Intercity Express Trains.
The last train will be the 18:30 from London Paddington.
The train is being extended to Exeter St Davids. Click here to book your ticket.
An additional 18:32 Intercity Express Train is also being provided for those who do not wish to be on the last HST from Paddington.
Those opting to travel to Paddington to record the event will be able to do so and special designated areas
In addition to the 18:30 service, the 18:03 departure to Plymouth, the 18:15 departure to Cheltenham Spa and the 18:22 departure to Hereford are also due to be formed of High Speed Trains, subject to operational requirements.
The HST will make a return to Paddington for a special charity charter tour on 1 June which will be raising money for First Group’s chosen charity, Action for Children. Tickets for this special charter are available here.
What did the officials say?
GWR Managing Director, Mark Hopwood said:
“The High Speed Train has served the Western region for nearly 43 years, making a major impact on Intercity travel not only here in the west but across the country.
This last train marks a major milestone in the transformation of the Great Western Railway, with the completion of our Intercity Express Train rollout, prior to timetable changes tomorrow (May 19th), and again in December which will see us deliver more seats, and more frequent and quicker journeys as we benefit from the modernisation of our network.”
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