Love Paddington will take place on 14 February.(Network Rail Image)
A special Valentine’s Day event will take place at Paddington station on Wednesday, 14 February to celebrate improvements to Brunel’s iconic station, as well as the £7.5bn route modernisation that will transform journeys across the West, and provide thousands more seats to and from London Paddington.
The event, known as Love Paddington, is in its second year and celebrates the progress of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, which is enabling Great Western Railway (GWR) to introduce their biggest fleet upgrade for a generation.
As well as live music throughout the day, Love Paddington will see those at Paddington on Valentine’s Day receive discounts and giveaways from retailers including a special competition where passengers could win GWR train tickets, an overnight stay in the Hilton Hotel or gifts from Paddington Bear just by explaining what they love about London Paddington.
In the last year GWR has been able to deliver thousands more seats on new electric trains, running under electric wires for the first time between London Paddington and Didcot; as well as begin the introduction of new Intercity Express Trains (IET) on routes to South Wales, Bristol, Bath, Swindon and to the North Cotswolds. Each IET has up to 24% more seats than the High Speed Train it’s replacing.
As well as new trains, London Paddington has undergone extensive improvements including the renovation of its iconic roof and the opening of a brand new retail space boasting approximately 40 different retail and dining outlets.
Mark Langman, managing director for Network Rail’s Western Route said:
Mark Hopwood, Managing Director for GWR, said:
For your chance to win the Love Paddington competition, simply tell Network Rail what you love about travelling to Paddington by tweeting @NetworkRailWest with your photos and messages using #lovepaddington.
Entries close at midnight 14 February and winners will be selected on 15 February 2018.