Great Western Link
A short franchise created when FirstGroup bid successfully for an extension of Thames Trains against the existing franchisee Govia.
The SRA’s choice of First as preferred bidder on 4 November 2003 meant that a separate two-year contract was needed, and this was named Great Western Link in anticipation of the creation of a ’Greater Western’ franchise in 2006, which absorbed Great Western Link, the intercity Great Western franchise and Wessex Trains and would be known as First Great Western.
1 April 2004
1 April 2006
FirstGroup plc (Great Western Holdings Ltd)
First Great Western Link Limited
Outer London suburban and regional services. London Paddington-Slough-Reading–Basingstoke/Guildford-Gatwick Airport/Newbury-Bedwyn/Didcot Parkway-Oxford-Bicester Town/Banbury (-Leamington Spa/Stratford-upon-Avon until December 2004)/Worcester-Hereford. Thames Valley branch lines to Henley, Marlow, Windsor & Eton Central, Greenford.
was replaced by
First Great Western