Thames Trains

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Thames Trains was a British railway company franchised (from September 1996 - following rail privatization - until 31 March 2004) to run regional and suburban trains from London Paddington station to destinations in the home counties west of London (also to Worcester, Hereford and Stratford-upon-Avon), as well as a Reading to Gatwick Airport service.

With effect from 1 April 2004 the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) transferred the franchise for these services to First Group, who also hold the First Great Western franchise which runs long-distance services from Paddington station. SRA policy is now to have only one company running train services into any one London terminus. The new franchise is known as First Great Western Link and is for two years.

Thames Trains operated the train which was the proximate cause of the Ladbroke Grove rail crash in 1999.

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