Work has begun to rip out thousands of first class seats on some of the region's busiest train routes to tackle overcrowding.
Carriages on First Great Western trains will be converted so they can be used by standard class passengers instead.
The thirteen million pound scheme is expected to create an additional 3000 seats for standard class passengers, according to the train company. The existing three first class carriages on high speed trains will be reduced to two or two and a half carriages.
London commuters will find out if First Great Western train workers are to go out on strike later today as the ballot closes for industrial action. Results are expected around lunchtime. The dispute is over dismissal procedures, agency working and zero hours contracts.
There are delays of up to 45 minutes on First Great Western services between Newbury and London Paddington due to broken down train between Theale and Reading.
Cleaners on the First Great Western route are protesting at Paddington Station this morning as part of a four day strike.
They will then make their way to the company's headquarters in Swindon in a row over pay and zero hours contracts.
Video. There was some first class news for rail passengers today. First Great Western has had its franchise secured for two more years, until September 2015. Our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse, reports.
Passengers are being promised a series of improvements from First Great Western during the franchise extension, including better wifi and additional sleep carriages:
First Great Western has been given a 23-month extension to its franchise. The company will carry on running the Great Western main line until September 2015 before bidding starts for a new long-term franchise.
Services are being delayed by up to 50 minutes on First Great Western between Reading and Redhill, and between Reading and Gatwick Airport due to emergency engineering works.
First Great Western say there is no estimate of when normal service will resume.
First Great Western is to cut the number of announcements on its trains. By the end of this month it will have re-trained 1,000 staff to keep them relevant and brief.
Passengers have long said many are annoying, pointless and repetitive.
Even Transport Minister Norman Baker has urged train operators to curb "excessive" announcements.
In this report we talk to David Crone of First Great Western and George Bentley a Train Manager who makes announcements on the line to Paddington, and hear from Passengers.