GWR – Working for Us – Benefits

We want our people to know how much we appreciate their dedication and that includes providing them with a range of benefits to choose from.

We recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle and a good work, life balance. A lot of the benefits on offer are available to support our people and their families wellbeing – both in and out of work. We have a wide variety of different schemes – some of which you will get automatically and others are available online, within four weeks of joining us. Here’s a selection of some of them:

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Health & Wellbeing

  • Health Cash Plan – GWR sponsors Health Shield cover at a basic level for all colleagues.
  • Health Screening – check your health and wellbeing and help preventable illness with your private health ‘MOT’.
  • Occupational Health – You can benefit from our in-house health and wellbeing service.
  • Gym Membership – GWR colleagues can save up to 50% on the cost of membership for you and your partner.

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  • Gourmet Society – Half price membership when you sign-up for 12 months, providing a range of discounts.
  • Tax Free Bike Scheme.
  • First Xclusives can save you real money by giving you amazing discounts and cashback on in-store and online purchases.

Support for Families

  • Childcare vouchers
  • Family Friendly Polices covering maternity, paternity (including adoption) and flexible working to help you balance work and home

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  • Pension Scheme
  • Save as you earn, a low-risk three year savings scheme.
  • Buy as you Earn Shareholder Scheme, enabling you to buy shares in First.

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  • Colleagues and immediate family travel free on all GWR services
  • ATOC ‘Priv’ Card – After 3 months with us, you can take advantage of 75% discount off other train companies across the UK.
  • Friends and Family Travel – after 6 months with us, you can share discounted travel with friends and family.
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Protection and Insurance

  • Dental Insurance – for regular use and emergency treatment
  • Travel insurance – competeitively priced annual cover
  • Railway Benefit Fund – providing support for current and retired workers and their dependents during times when they may need social or financial assistance

Colleague Discounts

  • Brompton Bikes – GWR colleagues get Frequent Membership for just £10 and bike hire for just £2.50 a day.
  • GWR colleagues get 15% discount across all Superbreak products & 20% discount on all car and van rentals from Europcar.
  • Marriott Hotels – Up to 25% discount on selected stays, plus other offers.

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Great Western Railway

GWR reaches from London in the east to Brighton and Gatwick in the south, Carmarthen, Pembroke Dock and Penzance in the west and Banbury, Hereford and Worcester in the north.

It’s one of the UK’s largest and most complex rail networks, carrying 1.5 million passengers every week on 9,000 services, and calling at 276 stations. GWR is the only UK rail company to operate High Speed Inter-city, commuter, regional and sleeper services.

2 thoughts on “GWR – Working for Us – Benefits

  1. Peter Adcock

    Offering a tax free bike scheme?? But do not allow regular commuters to use the HSTs without a reservation which many commuters cannot do as the reservation system is hopeless and many commuters do not know which train they will be catching.


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