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Title: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 02, 2020, 08:55:33 am
How I absolutely did NOT want this thread to start the year ...

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08:44 Swindon to Westbury due 09:25
09:45 Westbury to Swindon due 10:33

09:45 Westbury to Swindon due 10:33 will be cancelled.
This is due to a person being hit by a train.

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Cancellations to services between Swindon and Chippenham
Due to a person being hit by a train at Swindon all lines are blocked. Disruption is expected until 10:45 02/01.
Train services between Swindon and Chippenham may be cancelled or delayed.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 04, 2020, 09:01:31 pm
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21:07 Swindon to Westbury due 21:49
21:07 Swindon to Westbury due 21:49 will be starting late from Swindon and is expected to be 5 minutes late.
This is due to a broken down train earlier today.

No problem ...


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 06, 2020, 07:25:38 am
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20:06 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 22:05
Facilities on the 20:06 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 22:05.
Disabled toilet facilities are not available


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: TaplowGreen on January 07, 2020, 05:34:55 am
Cancellations to services between Melksham and Trowbridge


Due to a broken down train between Melksham and Trowbridge the line is blocked.
Train services running through these stations may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until 07:30 07/01.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on January 07, 2020, 07:03:48 am
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05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 05:59

05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 05:59 will be cancelled.

This is due to a broken down train.


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06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08

06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08 will be started from Westbury.

It will no longer call at Swindon, Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge.

This is due to a broken down train.


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07:03 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 09:05

07:03 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 09:05 will be cancelled.

This is due to a broken down train.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 07, 2020, 07:40:20 am
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07:36 Westbury to Swindon due 08:19
08:44 Swindon to Westbury due 09:25

08:44 Swindon to Westbury due 09:25 will be cancelled.
This is due to a broken down train.

What was that about "delays until 07:30" ... so far first train at Melksham will be 10:01 today.

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Customer Advice

Replacement road transport is in operation in both directions between Swindon and Westbury.
Customers are requested to wait for road transport in the designated road replacement areas. Customers are advised that buses will run later that than the advertised train times due to line of route and additional time required for loading and unloading.

Better than nothing ... and I'm noting SWINDON and Westbury rather than Chippenham ... not sure where the train has sat down (guessing a freight?) as there seem to be mainline issues though Chippenham too.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: Timmer on January 07, 2020, 07:57:38 am
A story of the two Ms this morning - Maidenhead and Melksham!


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on January 07, 2020, 07:59:37 am
Freight train failed between Melksham and Thingley around 3am.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 07, 2020, 08:06:42 am
Freight train failed between Melksham and Thingley around 3am.

More promising ... looks like it's on the move ...

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07:36 Westbury to Swindon due 08:19
07:36 Westbury to Swindon due 08:19 has been delayed at Westbury and is now 16 minutes late.
This is due to a broken down train.

That replaces a cancellation, and the return trip cancellation has been removed from JourneyCheck


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 07, 2020, 11:24:27 am
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11:05 Swindon to Westbury due 11:46
11:05 Swindon to Westbury due 11:46 will be cancelled.
This is due to urgent repairs to a bridge.

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Alterations to services between Chippenham and Bath Spa
Following urgent repairs to a bridge between Chippenham and Bath Spa all lines have now reopened.
Train services running through these stations are returning to normal but some services may still be delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until 15:00 07/01.

Customer Advice
Limited road replacement services are currently in operation between Swindon and Chippenham. There is also limited road replacement services between Chippenham and Westbury.
Stagecoach bus route 55: Swindon (Bus Station) - Chippenham (Station) are conveying passengers via any reasonable route until further notice.
First Bus route D1: Bath (Bus Station) - Bradford on Avon - Trowbridge - Westbury - Warminster - Salisbury and First Bus route D3: Bath (Bus Station Bay 14) - Melksham are conveying passengers via any reasonable route until further notice.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 07, 2020, 11:36:22 am
No trains from Chippenham today due to a damaged bridge between Chippenham and Bath. Checking online the 11:20 Westbury service looked like it had survived however on arrival at the station it appears to have been cancelled. I guess no ones fault. I wonder how long (days) this will continue for.

Looks like it's fixed quicker than they expected ... saying "all lines have now re-opened"

I am told that the 09:51 from Trowbridge got turned back on the approach to Chippenham and came back to Melksham where everyone was transferred to a bus.   In the unusual circumstances today, probably a good call.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: Gaz on January 07, 2020, 12:01:06 pm
Sorry I've been posting in the wrong place, didn't realise new year meant new log!  :D


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 07, 2020, 12:37:04 pm
Sorry I've been posting in the wrong place, didn't realise new year meant new log!  :D

Utterly no problem ... I remember the line from Pirates of the Caribbean - "Not a set of rules - more a set of guidelines"; starting a fresh thread at a logical breakpoint (year end) is a fresh start.  Couple of less usual occurrences this morning / we'll always get the occasional one.   If we just have enough drivers and train managers for 2020, it will be a magnitude better than it has been, and authoritative sources (but ones who do sometimes seem to wear rose tinted spectacles) suggest that training new crews in 2019 was towards the 2020 timetable, and crew issues prior to 15th December were because of staffing balanced for new service, but still trying to run old service.    Benefit of doubt to GWR at the moment - New Year issues have not been crew.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: Gaz on January 07, 2020, 04:20:16 pm
Looks like it was an unstable embankment at the bridge in Lowden Hill, Chippenham.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 08, 2020, 07:59:45 am
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06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08
06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08 has been delayed at Westbury and is now 19 minutes late.
This is due to a fault on a train in front of this one.

21 minutes late into Salisbury, but only 9 minutes late on leaving there as it's got an (unnecessary) 12 minute wait there.  No connections missed.

Interesting to note this is train "2O20" - train twenty twenty  ;D ;D - a running number with a ring to it!

07:44 from Salisbury today ... to be followed by at SWR train at 07:50!  It does load well especially from Romsey, but I have to ask whether it might carry more passengers overall if it formed an 07:40 Salisbury to Swindon train, arriving there at 08:50 and returning to Westbury to take over the 09:45 to Swindon, with the TransWilts shuttle half an hour earlier extended to Warminster to take over the return working of 2O20 to Great Malvern.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 09, 2020, 08:27:23 am
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07:03 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 09:05
Facilities on the 07:03 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 09:05.
This is due to a fault on this train.
Will be formed of 2 coaches instead of 3.

Perfectly fine prior to Swindon (until we fill the second carriage  ;D ); likely to be very busy from Swindon, but then this was only a 2 car until recently.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 10, 2020, 06:46:04 am
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2M09 0517 Westbury to Swindon
This service is cancelled.
This service was cancelled due to a problem with the train (M8).

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06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08
06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08 will be started from Westbury.
It will no longer call at Swindon, Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge.
This is due to a fault on this train.

The 06:36 Melksham to Southampton has always been one of the more reliable trains, but that's the second cancellation already this year.  No more of a flag than "one to watch" at the moment.  A train that had a history of underuse when the following train was not until 19:18, it has developed a loyal, if quieter than other trains, user base.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: phile on January 10, 2020, 10:16:12 am
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2M09 0517 Westbury to Swindon
This service is cancelled.
This service was cancelled due to a problem with the train (M8).

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06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08
06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08 will be started from Westbury.
It will no longer call at Swindon, Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge.
This is due to a fault on this train.

The 06:36 Melksham to Southampton has always been one of the more reliable trains, but that's the second cancellation already this year.  No more of a flag than "one to watch" at the moment.  A train that had a history of underuse when the following train was not until 19:18, it has developed a loyal, if quieter than other trains, user base.


Unit now comes off Westbury to work additional 2M09 whereas came off Glo-ucester previously


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 13, 2020, 10:02:54 am
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2M09 0517 Westbury to Swindon
This service is cancelled.
This service was cancelled due to a problem with the train (M8).

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06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08
06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08 will be started from Westbury.
It will no longer call at Swindon, Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge.
This is due to a fault on this train.

The 06:36 Melksham to Southampton has always been one of the more reliable trains, but that's the second cancellation already this year.  No more of a flag than "one to watch" at the moment.  A train that had a history of underuse when the following train was not until 19:18, it has developed a loyal, if quieter than other trains, user base.


Unit now comes off Westbury to work additional 2M09 whereas came off Glo-ucester previously

Indeed yet ... which is a good reason to flag it up as "one to watch" ... it switches from being a key lever in the whole train-pattern machine to a service which is off to one side, and has few knock on operational effects if it doesn't run from Swindon to Westbury.  Of course, passengers joining at Swindon, Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge are just as badly effected by its cancellation whether it's a key operational lever or "merely" a service that's provided to help people travel.

That 2M09 you mention - the 05:17 Westbury to Swindon - was a train that I - I will admit - have anticipated being hard to get up in passenger numbers even into double figures.    I may have been unduly pessimistic there - a report this morning tells me that there were ten passengers on it when it arrived in Swindon.   Good - especially as we know that traffic takes some time to grow when a new service is added.

Now that we have an early up train at Melksham - 05:33 to Swindon - please can we have a corresponding and balancing late night train back?   There appear to be three trains terminating at Westbury after 9 p.m. and only one restarting ... so the train resources is there to add a round trip.  And as an educated guess, I would be suggest that a 23:15 off Swindon might be significantly busier that the 05:17 off Westbury.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 15, 2020, 06:18:24 am
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06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08
06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08 will be terminated at Salisbury.
It will no longer call at Romsey and Southampton Central.
This is due to heavy rain flooding the railway.

Makes sense ... Salisbury to Portsmouth running via Eastleigh this morning, and perhaps SWR "Romsey 6" running as "Romsey 5" - Salisbury, Dean, Mottisfont, Romsey, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh and stations to Southampton Central.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on January 15, 2020, 08:50:30 am
Later revised to terminate at Romsey.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 15, 2020, 09:25:57 am
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08:44 Swindon to Westbury due 09:25
08:44 Swindon to Westbury due 09:25 has been delayed between Swindon and Chippenham and is now 13 minutes late.
This is due to heavy rain flooding the railway.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on January 15, 2020, 10:17:36 am
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09:45 Westbury to Swindon due 10:33

09:45 Westbury to Swindon due 10:33 was terminated at Chippenham.

It will no longer call at Swindon.

This is due to heavy rain flooding the railway.


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11:05 Swindon to Westbury due 11:46

11:05 Swindon to Westbury due 11:46 will be cancelled.

This is due to heavy rain flooding the railway.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on January 15, 2020, 10:24:35 am
Although Journeycheck hasn't caught up yet, it seems from looking at OpenTrainTimes that the 11:05 will in fact start from Chippenham (which makes sense given the incoming working terminated there).


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 15, 2020, 10:28:26 am
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09:45 Westbury to Swindon due 10:33

09:45 Westbury to Swindon due 10:33 was terminated at Chippenham.

It will no longer call at Swindon.

This is due to heavy rain flooding the railway.


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11:05 Swindon to Westbury due 11:46

11:05 Swindon to Westbury due 11:46 will be cancelled.

This is due to heavy rain flooding the railway.

I thought it was just the next line up that as flooded - or is Dauntsey Bank giving problems as well?

They could really do with a "bay" reinstated at Chippenham - platform face is there and even with "wrong" line running from Thingley East.  As is stands, southbound gap (from Chippenham) from 08:59 to 13:29.


[Stop Press]

Although Journeycheck hasn't caught up yet, it seems from looking at OpenTrainTimes that the 11:05 will in fact start from Chippenham (which makes sense given the incoming working terminated there).

Phew(ish) . Hope they've found somewhere for it to wait.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on January 15, 2020, 10:31:31 am
The 08:44 was delayed while the driver reported the water levels were rising.

The down line is now closed with services using the reversible up line.

This means the Westbury service can wait at platform 1 at Chippenham as it is effectively a siding from there to Thingley as the down line is closed from Wootton Bassett Junction to Chippenham.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: Celestial on January 15, 2020, 10:33:47 am
Looking at OTT maps the down line is now closed between Wootton Bassett and Chippenham.  So only one line open out of four west of WB Junction.  That means the Melksham train can wait at Chippenham, but presumably the closure is causing chaos with the main line services.

Edit: bobm beat me to it whilst I was posting!


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on January 15, 2020, 10:39:31 am
Particularly for South Wales services.  They are being diverted via Box because of the flooding on the usual route.  They are then being further delayed snaking through the single line section between Wootton Bassett and Thingley. 

The 08:48 from London Paddington to Swansea left Swindon 43 minutes late and is expected to be nearly 90 minutes late by the time it gets to Bristol Parkway.

Swindon Station's three through platforms are all occupied by westbound services.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 15, 2020, 11:00:35 am
Particularly for South Wales services.  They are being diverted via Box because of the flooding on the usual route.  They are then being further delayed snaking through the single line section between Wootton Bassett and Thingley. 

An interesting mess ... from my comfortable armchair today  ;D , I wonder if South Wales services that haven't yet got west of Reading or east of Bath Spa should go via the Berks and Hants ... South Wales to / from Swindon passengers changing at Bath Spa.   Or via Kemble and Gloucester?


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: Celestial on January 15, 2020, 11:03:52 am
Fortunately it has just re-opened, with a queue of three trains lining up to use it.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on January 15, 2020, 11:04:26 am
It now looks like the flooding at Dauntsey has subsided and the down line re-opened.   As a result the Westbury train which had been laying over at Chippenham has left 22 minutes early to clear the line.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 15, 2020, 11:11:26 am
It now looks like the flooding at Dauntsey has subsided and the down line re-opened.   As a result the Westbury train which had been laying over at Chippenham has left 22 minutes early to clear the line.

But showing "on time" for Melksham on Tiger ... as displayed on the platform.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 15, 2020, 11:13:21 am
It now looks like the flooding at Dauntsey has subsided and the down line re-opened.   As a result the Westbury train which had been laying over at Chippenham has left 22 minutes early to clear the line.

But showing "on time" for Melksham on Tiger ... as displayed on the platform.

Perhaps just sitting out of the way on the branch while the cavalcade of IETs passes!

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11:05 Swindon to Westbury due 11:46
11:05 Swindon to Westbury due 11:46 will be reinstated.
It will be started from Chippenham.
It will no longer call at Swindon.
This is due to heavy rain flooding the railway.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 15, 2020, 11:47:19 am
Looks suspiciously like it may have started on time from Melksham in the end.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on January 15, 2020, 12:06:40 pm
Depends who you ask...

(http://www.mbob.co.uk/rforum/2m24.png)


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 15, 2020, 12:25:13 pm
Depends who you ask...

(http://www.mbob.co.uk/rforum/2m24.png)

But does running a walk-up passenger train 22 minutes early count as running that train?


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 17, 2020, 06:48:39 am
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07:03 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 09:05
07:03 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 09:05 will be starting late from Westbury.
This is due to more trains than usual needing repairs at the same time.

Edit to add ... no more than 3 minutes late in the end ...


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 18, 2020, 09:18:14 am
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08:35 Westbury to Swindon due 09:24
08:35 Westbury to Swindon due 09:24 has been delayed between Trowbridge and Melksham and is now 12 minutes late.
This is due to a late running freight train.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: rogerw on January 18, 2020, 11:50:34 am
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08:35 Westbury to Swindon due 09:24
08:35 Westbury to Swindon due 09:24 has been delayed between Trowbridge and Melksham and is now 12 minutes late.
This is due to a late running freight train.

Delayed by a Westbury to Bescot engineering train which left 15 minutes late.  Also delayed the following Westbury to Gloucester service which was held at Trowbridge until the Swindon service had left Bradford Junction


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 19, 2020, 08:08:42 am
From Facebook

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Well GWR have done it again. For the Sundays in January it bus replacement to Chippenham which has been good until today. The first bus 08.11 from Trowbridge via Melksham is not running with the first service mid morning. As you know the first service on Sunday there are quite a few people who use this to get to Swindon and beyond. To make matters worse due to engineering works the first train from Trowbridge to Bath is 9.45 so this has impacted as I will be and possibly many others be late thanks GWR.

Trains replaced by buses, planned well ahead - OK, we understand.

First train is busy with Sunday regulars to work - 08:11 from Warminster to Swindon and was replaced by a bus on the first Sunday (and is shown as replaced by a bus next Sunday).   Yet no replacement today.   The mind boggles - why on earth not?


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 20, 2020, 06:51:44 am
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07:03 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 09:05
Facilities on the 07:03 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 09:05.
This is due to a fault on this train.
Will be formed of 2 coaches instead of 3.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 23, 2020, 06:34:35 pm
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17:50 Gloucester to Southampton Central due 20:36
17:50 Gloucester to Southampton Central due 20:36 will be started from Westbury.
It will no longer call at Gloucester, Stonehouse, Stroud, Kemble, Swindon, Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge.
This is due to a fault on this train.

Arrived at Swindon to catch this ... let's see how alternative works.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on January 23, 2020, 07:15:37 pm
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17:50 Gloucester to Southampton Central due 20:36
17:50 Gloucester to Southampton Central due 20:36 will be started from Westbury.
It will no longer call at Gloucester, Stonehouse, Stroud, Kemble, Swindon, Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge.
This is due to a fault on this train.

Arrived at Swindon to catch this ... let's see how alternative works.

The Class 150 scheduled to work the service from Gloucester failed.  Part of a Portsmouth-Cardiff service detached at Westbury to form the curtailed service south from there.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 23, 2020, 08:29:18 pm
The Class 150 scheduled to work the service from Gloucester failed.  Part of a Portsmouth-Cardiff service detached at Westbury to form the curtailed service south from there.

Train, Swindon to Chippenham.  Wait for 19:06 (no taxi before to gather everyone) the a taxi chit.  Five minute wait for a taxi and four of us crammed in to Melksham - there not much different from 10 minutes late there.  Taxi drive told us that some of his colleagues don't like the chits because they have to wait to the end of the following month to be paid.  I suspect our driver doesn't like them either, and probably doesn't like what I suspect are very thin tips from these passengers.

Didn't think 150s were supposed to be around these parts any longer?


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: Timmer on January 23, 2020, 09:14:10 pm
Didn't think 150s were supposed to be around these parts any longer?
Oh they are still around. Saw three last weekend working 2 diagrams on the Cardiff-Portsmouth line. A 150/0-150/2 and 150/2-158 (3 car) combinations, so both sets maintaining the offered 5 carriage service in place of a 165/166. I know out of those three combinations which I prefer.

The 158s aren’t done with Cardiff-Portsmouth yet but you’d be fortunate to travel on one now.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 24, 2020, 09:57:12 am
Didn't think 150s were supposed to be around these parts any longer?
Oh they are still around. ...

Yep, the 09:09 Melksham to Westbury was a 3 car 166 this morning ... rather than for the 09:47 back, it carried on to Weymouth and 150001 which arrived on the Bristol to Weymouth service took over the diagram.  75 mph unit on what's now supposedly a service run with 90 mph stock, but the new stock does seem to have time in hand. Welcome back the "old girl" 150 prototype to the TransWilts.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on January 27, 2020, 06:33:57 am
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07:36 Westbury to Swindon due 08:19
Facilities on the 07:36 Westbury to Swindon due 08:19.
Will be formed of 3 coaches instead of 2.

3 carriages all day ... classic case of "oh sh**" when I saw the map at the top of these pages ... moving to "oh - no problem" when I read the reports.

There was a 3 car on Friday on the 14:17 from Westbury.   And a very worried passenger looking for the Swindon train convinced that this unit was headed for Reading because of what it said on the side:

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/traincaredepot.jpg)

The chap concerned expected to see a display by the door telling him where the train was going.   And naming trains after places risks confusion!


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 01, 2020, 10:10:00 am
January 2020 summary - from a MELKSHAM PASSENGER perspective, as analysed off industry feeds:

307 train services on time
55 bus services - no record of timing. All planned ahead for engineering
96 trains just a bit late (< 5 minutes)
37 trains signifanly late
10 trains cancelled
1 service arrived 20 minutes early and left on time
1 service not scheduled at all

Total of 507 services.
10 to 12 cancelled (1.97% to 2.37% cancellation rate)
(for 12, I have counted a train 20 minutes early as cancelled)
(for 12, I have counted a failure to schedue a service as cancelled)
ppm of 90.3% assuming buses were on time

cancellation reasons:
6 - fault or broken down train
2 - person ht by train
1 - urgent repair to bridge
1 - flooding on the line
1 - reason not logged
1 - probably a scheduling error

None of the significant delayes were huge. Some reasons, longest delay quoted
a late running freight train (8 minutes)
a passenger being taken ill on a train (10 minutes)
congestion (10 minutes)
a fault with the signalling system (10 minutes)
a fault with barriers at a level crossing (8 minutes)
heavy rain flooding the railway (21 minutes)
damage to the overhead electric wires (13 minutes)
a broken down train (15 minutes)



An excellent month - 9 out of 10 service near as damn it on time, passenger let down (no service) just 1 journey in 50.  Others may compare to their own lines and think this is just average, but for us it's a massive improvement.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 06, 2020, 05:18:36 am
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05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 06:00
06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08

06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08 will be cancelled.
This is due to engineering works not being finished on time.

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05:10 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington due 07:35
05:10 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington due 07:35 will no longer call at Bradford-On-Avon, Trowbridge and Westbury.
This is due to engineering works not being finished on time.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: TaplowGreen on February 08, 2020, 02:46:29 pm
21:07 Swindon to Westbury due 21:49


21:07 Swindon to Westbury due 21:49 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 08, 2020, 03:08:04 pm
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21:07 Swindon to Westbury due 21:49


21:07 Swindon to Westbury due 21:49 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.


Indeed - thanks.  We were both posting at the same time;   I was being slow, as I had something to say ...

Oh great - here we go again

The importance of last / late(r) evening services was highlighted last night.  Local (Melksham) meetings usually end with people headed home within the town on foot or by c-a-r, but last night's was a meeting about public transport and was timed to suit.

As we were winding up, after we had concluded, three or four people said hasty "good bye"s as they headed for their bus back home,  and we also got lifts to the station for several other people for the 21:10 train.   That last train is significantly later than the final train was prior to 15th December last; retimed nearly three quarters of an hour later, it opens up opportunities that weren't there before - inbound and also outbound.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 09, 2020, 04:25:27 pm
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13:41 Swindon to Weymouth due 15:49
13:41 Swindon to Weymouth due 15:49 has been previously delayed and is now 59 minutes late from Westbury.
This is due to a tree blocking the railway earlier today.

If anyone comes to look at this later ... the up train from Weymouth also delayed and a 3 minute turn around achieved at Swindon.   Storm Clara reaking havoc all over the place and a miracle that - so far - TransWilts has kept going.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 10, 2020, 08:29:37 am
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09:45 Westbury to Swindon due 10:33
11:05 Swindon to Westbury due 11:46
12:16 Westbury to Swindon due 12:59
13:14 Swindon to Westbury due 13:55

13:14 Swindon to Westbury due 13:55 will be cancelled.
This is due to a tree blocking the railway.

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07:03 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 09:05
07:03 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 09:05 will no longer call at Kemble, Stroud and Stonehouse.
It is being delayed at Swindon.
This is due to a tree blocking the railway.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 10, 2020, 08:37:10 am
Quote
09:45 Westbury to Swindon due 10:33
11:05 Swindon to Westbury due 11:46
12:16 Westbury to Swindon due 12:59
13:14 Swindon to Westbury due 13:55

13:14 Swindon to Westbury due 13:55 will be cancelled.
This is due to a tree blocking the railway.

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07:03 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 09:05
07:03 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 09:05 will no longer call at Kemble, Stroud and Stonehouse.
It is being delayed at Swindon.
This is due to a tree blocking the railway.

I don't think this is quite as simple as it's made out ... the 09:09 at Melksham is running.   I suspect that it's some tree elsewhere that's left a crew shortage or rolling stock shortage and we've got a case of "this is an easy service to cull" again.  Please tell me if I'm wrong.



Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on February 10, 2020, 08:49:49 am
There's a tree down on the Kemble line near Sapperton Tunnel.

EDIT TO ADD:  There is also a tree down between Newbury and Reading with West of England services being diverted via Melksham which is probably more likely to be the reason.   


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 10, 2020, 12:10:12 pm
And 2 more ...

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14:16 Westbury to Swindon due 15:00
15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55

15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55 will be cancelled.
This is due to a tree blocking the railway.

Additional Information
Road replacement transport will be provided between Chippenham and Trowbridge on both directions. Alternative train services are operating from Swindon and Chippenham via Bath Spa to/from Westbury.

Bit late for me (personally) to tell me about the rail replacement bus ... by the time that was added (10:56 update) I was on the regular bus to get to a meeting ...


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: Timmer on February 10, 2020, 12:40:13 pm
Must have been a big tree or damage was done Line side for it to still be causing disruption between Newbury and Reading.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 10, 2020, 12:48:03 pm
Must have been a big tree or damage was done Line side for it to still be causing disruption between Newbury and Reading.

Tree balanced on semi-collapsed electric overheads near Newbury Racecourse


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on February 10, 2020, 03:36:09 pm
The down line through Newbury is now open but apparently the wires are hanging too low on the up line to allow even diesel trains to pass.    Repairs will take until the morning.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 10, 2020, 03:54:17 pm
The down line through Newbury is now open but apparently the wires are hanging too low on the up line to allow even diesel trains to pass.    Repairs will take until the morning.

The benefits of electrification  ;D


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on February 10, 2020, 04:01:14 pm
The actual location is between Theale station and the M4 overbridge.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: Timmer on February 10, 2020, 04:44:52 pm
The Transwilts is paying the price with further services cancelled. Ironic after being one of the most reliable of services yesterday when the rest of the network was in near meltdown. Not been much better today sadly but somewhat expected after yesterday.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 10, 2020, 04:53:01 pm
The Transwilts is paying the price with further services cancelled. Ironic after being one of the most reliable of services yesterday when the rest of the network was in near meltdown. Not been much better today sadly but somewhat expected after yesterday.


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16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:07
16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:07 has been cancelled.
This is due to a tree blocking the railway.

Quote
17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17
17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17 will be cancelled.
This is due to a tree blocking the railway.

Indeed ... and not even a tree blocking "our" line!!

At a meeting - on timetables - today.  I have suggested that now there's a semi-fast service from Reading to Taunton in addition to a none-stop, perhaps the semi-fast should call at Swindon, Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge in place of Theale, Thatcham, Newbury, Hungerford and Pewsey should it be diverted and replace the TransWilts train.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on February 10, 2020, 04:54:41 pm
The Transwilts is paying the price with further services cancelled. Ironic after being one of the most reliable of services yesterday when the rest of the network was in near meltdown. Not been much better today sadly but somewhat expected after yesterday.

Indeed.

Tree down at Uffington early this morning meant a number of 387s were trapped in Cocklebury sidings at Swindon.
Tree down near Theale closed the Berks & Hants route completely until early afternoon when the down line was opened.
Damage to the overhead at Acton affecting trains leaving London this morning
A trespasser at Hanwell caused severe delays for part of the morning
The signalbox at Par was hit by lightning taking out the signalling in the area (and no doubt giving the signaller a fright!)

In addition sets out of place and staff out of hours after yesterday's problems.

Ironically I had better than expected journey back from Bristol at lunchtime.   Two successive trains from Temple Meads to Swindon via Bath were cancelled but I managed to catch a late running train to Bristol Parkway which connected with a late running train from South Wales and I got to Swindon five minutes earlier than I would have had the first cancelled train run.



Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: Timmer on February 10, 2020, 05:06:47 pm
For sure GWR and it’s passengers have had a lot to contend with these past couple of days.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 10, 2020, 05:10:34 pm
Ironically I had better than expected journey back from Bristol at lunchtime.   Two successive trains from Temple Meads to Swindon via Bath were cancelled but I managed to catch a late running train to Bristol Parkway which connected with a late running train from South Wales and I got to Swindon five minutes earlier than I would have had the first cancelled train run.

Two buses each way for me - around 2 x 110 minutes = 220 minutes on buses today for a 120 minute meeting. But then the meeting was quality, and I had my laptop so could work on the bus.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 10, 2020, 06:14:09 pm
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18:39 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21
18:39 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21 will be cancelled.
This is due to a tree blocking the railway earlier today.

Quote
20:45 Swindon to Westbury due 21:26
20:45 Swindon to Westbury due 21:26 will be cancelled.
This is due to a tree blocking the railway earlier today


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 11, 2020, 05:34:52 am
Summary from yesterday

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/debris20200210.jpg)

First service of this morning on its way from Westbury - hopefully they will do better today.  Joueneycheck tells us of problems still around Theale with train diversions inbound towards Reading / London and buses for local trains.

Let's hope that at this point "no news is good news" rather than "no news is because we haven't got around to telling you yet in Wiltshire".


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 12, 2020, 06:22:34 am
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07:36 Westbury to Swindon due 08:19
07:36 Westbury to Swindon due 08:19 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.

I am jinxed, I tell you!   Third trip I have taken this year to be cancelled (and I have only made 5 trips out of town so far by - or planned - on public transport).

Never mind ... if the 07:52 is cancelled perhaps the 10:01 will run?  Yes - defensive planning already ... 

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08:44 Swindon to Westbury due 09:25
08:44 Swindon to Westbury due 09:25 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 15, 2020, 09:02:45 pm
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21:07 Swindon to Westbury due 21:49 will be started from Chippenham.
It will no longer call at Swindon.
This is due to a tree blocking the railway.

This service is "fed" by 5M44 - an empty from Bristol up to Swindon.  Running neatly 50 minutes late off Bristol tonight, so being turned at Chippenham no doubt to have it on time for the rest of its run.   Sensible operational call, provided there's a connection that will get people from Swindon to Chippenham to get on.  Timetable wise though, silly empty working.   Better run it in service from Westbury, which would will sort out the biggest hole on TransWilts services in the week.





Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 17, 2020, 04:46:56 pm
Quote
17:50 Gloucester to Southampton Central due 20:36
17:50 Gloucester to Southampton Central due 20:36 will be cancelled.
This is due to a fault on this train.

Well disguised because it's a through train but, yes, that's the 18:51 Swindon to Westbury service. next train, 20:45.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on February 17, 2020, 05:41:21 pm
Service now starts at Westbury.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 17, 2020, 06:24:00 pm
Quote
17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17
17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17 is being delayed at Chippenham.
This is due to the ambulance service dealing with an incident.

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18:39 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21
18:39 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21 will be starting late from Westbury.
This is due to the ambulance service dealing with an incident.

goodness ... an interesting evening.  From Chippenham (http://www.mrug.org.uk/cpm.html)

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/cpm_20200217.jpg)


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 17, 2020, 06:49:58 pm
Service now starts at Westbury.

Real time trains offers

Quote
This service is partially cancelled
This service was cancelled between Gloucester and Westbury due to the planned train being replaced with a slower train (MS).


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 18, 2020, 05:40:43 pm
Through passenger numbers from Melksham and north thereof to Romsey and Southampton at this time of night are limited ... but recorded here for completeness.  South of Salisbury , this is something on an "extra" in the 2 trains per hour normally run - one SWR and one GWR; realistically, it would link into / become a SWR "Romsey 6" service at Salisbury.

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17:50 Gloucester to Southampton Central due 20:36
17:50 Gloucester to Southampton Central due 20:36 will be terminated at Salisbury.
It will no longer call at Romsey and Southampton Central.
This is due to a landslip.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 19, 2020, 08:08:08 am
Guess which line is allocated the train that's not working!

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07:36 Westbury to Swindon due 08:19
07:36 Westbury to Swindon due 08:19 will be cancelled.
This is due to a broken down train.

Quote
08:44 Swindon to Westbury due 09:25
08:44 Swindon to Westbury due 09:25 will be cancelled.
This is due to a broken down train.

Quote
Further Information

If you hold a valid single, return, or weekly ticket, you will be able to claim compensation for delays of 15 minutes or more. Please keep your ticket and visit GWR.com/DelayRepay

Yes, thank you.   But how do I travel??

P.S.

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06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08
06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08 will be terminated at Westbury.
It will no longer call at Dilton Marsh, Warminster, Salisbury, Romsey and Southampton Central.
This is due to an earlier landslip.

And why the **** could that not have been used for the 07:36 Westbury to Swindon and 08:44 return, into Westbury at 09:25 and picking up the 09:40 to Great Malvern which is where the diagram of the 06:11 is resuming this morning:

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08:23 Southampton Central to Great Malvern due 12:28 will be started from Westbury.
It will no longer call at Southampton Central, Romsey, Salisbury, Warminster and Dilton Marsh.
This is due to an earlier landslip.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: Timmer on February 19, 2020, 08:31:30 am
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Further Information

If you hold a valid single, return, or weekly ticket, you will be able to claim compensation for delays of 15 minutes or more. Please keep your ticket and visit GWR.com/DelayRepay

Quote
Yes, thank you.   But how do I travel??

Interesting you bring this up. Before Delay Repay, the 'Further Information' part of JourneyCheck was often populated with at times useful advice with what to do, not anymore, just the same standard line about Delay Repay.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: RA on February 19, 2020, 08:56:17 pm
The 17:50 Gloucester to Westbury (instead of Southampton Central because of the landslip) service was cancelled throughout owing to disruption from the incident at Keynsham earlier.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 20, 2020, 08:04:45 am
The 17:50 Gloucester to Westbury (instead of Southampton Central because of the landslip) service was cancelled throughout owing to disruption from the incident at Keynsham earlier.

Sadly, a lack of information at Melksham (I sound like a well worn record!).   On the Melksham Rail User Group Facebook page, I read

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And cancel the 19.06 last night back to trowbridge so had to wait for the 21.09 train .as the bus x34 didnt come at 17.56 .from where I was waiting at melksham opposite the McDonald.

Little wonder that people drive, is it?


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: phile on February 20, 2020, 09:07:30 am
The 17:50 Gloucester to Westbury (instead of Southampton Central because of the landslip) service was cancelled throughout owing to disruption from the incident at Keynsham earlier.

Sadly, a lack of information at Melksham (I sound like a well worn record!).   On the Melksham Rail User Group Facebook page, I read

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And cancel the 19.06 last night back to trowbridge so had to wait for the 21.09 train .as the bus x34 didnt come at 17.56 .from where I was waiting at melksham opposite the McDonald.


Little wonder that people drive, is it?
I suggest that every time there is a cancellation and no travel information on Journey Check,  GWR should be tweeted to ask for such information

edit: fixing quote box


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 20, 2020, 09:18:07 am
Quote
09:45 Westbury to Swindon due 10:33
09:45 Westbury to Swindon due 10:33 will be starting late from Westbury.
This is due to a tree blocking the railway.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 20, 2020, 09:57:40 am
Quote
09:45 Westbury to Swindon due 10:33
09:45 Westbury to Swindon due 10:33 will be starting late from Westbury.
This is due to a tree blocking the railway.

The 08:44 Swindon to Westbury had to return to Swindon (so that's the 09:09 at Melksham cancelled)

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Cancellations to services between Swindon and Chippenham
Due to a tree blocking the railway between Swindon and Chippenham the line towards Chippenham is blocked.
Train services running through these stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to 20 minutes or diverted. Disruption is expected until 12:00 20/02.

Delay above has turned into a cancellation:

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09:45 Westbury to Swindon due 10:33
09:45 Westbury to Swindon due 10:33 will be cancelled.
This is due to a tree blocking the railway.



Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: Timmer on February 20, 2020, 10:00:08 am
The offending tree:
https://twitter.com/GWRHelp/status/1230430751033827329


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on February 20, 2020, 10:19:57 am
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An additional train service has been planned to operate as shown

10:03 Swindon to Westbury due 10:44.

Calls Melksham at 10:28


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 20, 2020, 11:04:39 am
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An additional train service has been planned to operate as shown

10:03 Swindon to Westbury due 10:44.

Calls Melksham at 10:28

We have a serious robustness / reputational issue. From last night - public post on Facebook:

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Why was it cancelled? That happened to me they were sending a bus to west bury but bus was late , I missed my train from westbury got to Cornwall 9 hrs later. Second time was waiting train never arrived missed my train at westbury I give up going from melksham. Found out later there was no train drivers.

and 3 days out of 4 so far this week, at least one cancellation.

Looks like that extra got cancelled too ... train waited an hour in Swindon to resume its normal diagram. Probably the wisest / pragramtic thing to have done as otherwise it would have been out of step all day unless they turned it short on the next run at Chippenham.

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/mon_20200217_rtt.jpg)

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/tues_20200218_rtt.jpg)

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/weds_20200219_rtt.jpg)

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/thur_b_20200220_rtt.jpg)

Edit to add complete record for Thursday in place of partial record posted during the day


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: Gaz on February 20, 2020, 11:18:57 am
The 08:59 from Chippenham to Trowbridge has been cancelled two days in a row, yesterday because of a broken down train and today due to a tree. I'm hoping to get into the office tomorrow, fingers crossed!


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 20, 2020, 12:01:17 pm
I will update the real time screen capture above as  / when / if trains resume.

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11:05 Swindon to Westbury due 11:46
11:05 Swindon to Westbury due 11:46 has been cancelled.
This is due to a tree blocking the railway.

Quote
12:16 Westbury to Swindon due 12:59
12:16 Westbury to Swindon due 12:59 will be cancelled.
This is due to a tree blocking the railway.

I guess one of the benefits of electrification is that it takes longer to clear fallen trees away, even for diesel trains.   Don't recall that benefit being one of the quoted sales features  :D


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 20, 2020, 12:52:23 pm
Quote
12:35 Swindon to Westbury due 13:16
An additional train service has been planned to operate as shown 12:35 Swindon to Westbury due 13:16.

Err ... OK.    Noting that 12:16 Westbury to Swindon (due 12:59) is cancelled, I wonder what will happen to the 13:14 Swindon to Westbury.   

Love to have that as a permanent advertised additional train if the existing trains remained in the timetable and ran!


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on February 20, 2020, 12:53:50 pm
The additional 12:35 has run - albeit 10 minutes late.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 20, 2020, 01:29:54 pm
The additional 12:35 has run - albeit 10 minutes late.

so no stock available for the 13:14.

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13:14 Swindon to Westbury due 13:55
13:14 Swindon to Westbury due 13:55 will be cancelled.
This is due to a tree blocking the railway earlier today.

Why not simply hold it back half an hour in Swindon?


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on February 20, 2020, 01:32:09 pm
Having tried to run it earlier it may have been the crew were getting near the end of their hours.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 20, 2020, 05:16:56 pm
Quote
17:50 Gloucester to Southampton Central due 20:36
17:50 Gloucester to Southampton Central due 20:36 will be terminated at Westbury.
It will no longer call at Dilton Marsh, Warminster, Salisbury, Romsey and Southampton Central.
This is due to an earlier landslip.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: Phil on February 21, 2020, 08:39:58 am
The 08:59 from Chippenham to Trowbridge has been cancelled two days in a row, yesterday because of a broken down train and today due to a tree. I'm hoping to get into the office tomorrow, fingers crossed!

I booked this week off work as soon as I saw the weather forecast. There was never going to be a reliable service on this benighted line once GWR got a sniff of even potential excuses reasons not to run any trains.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 25, 2020, 04:25:59 pm
Quote
Cancellations to services at Swindon
Due to a person being hit by a train at Swindon all lines are blocked.
Train services running through this station may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until 17:15 25/02.

Quote
16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:07
17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17

17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17 will be cancelled.
This is due to a person being hit by a train.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: Gaz on February 25, 2020, 09:25:52 pm
Yeah sad... my 16:31 was cancelled so took the 16:47 to Gloucester, obviously getting off at Bath. Not sure where that train comes from, maybe Weymouth? The fatality occured in the Swindon area we were told by the Bath announcer and it was causing delays/cancellations on the mainline. In the end got home about an hour late.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on February 29, 2020, 10:14:12 am
Just two cancellations at the moment across the GWR network.

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10:05 Westbury to Swindon due 10:48
11:04 Swindon to Westbury due 11:47
11:04 Swindon to Westbury due 11:47 will be cancelled.
This is due to a fault on this train.

There seem to be disproportionate cancellations due to train faults on the TransWilts, and yet they're the same type of train as used on many other lines / service from, to and through Westbury.  Which leads to the question "Why?".  Is there something about the line than causes the trains to fail more frequently, is it the easiest one to cancel if they're a train short, or do they get less complaints if this is the one cancelled?



Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on March 01, 2020, 05:19:11 pm
Quote
16:50 Westbury to Swindon due 17:34
17:44 Swindon to Westbury due 18:25
18:35 Westbury to Swindon due 19:17
19:30 Swindon to Westbury due 20:11

19:30 Swindon to Westbury due 20:11 will be cancelled.
This is due to a fault on this train.

Further Information

If you hold a valid single, return, or weekly ticket, you will be able to claim compensation for delays of 15 minutes or more. Please keep your ticket and visit GWR.com/DelayRepay


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on March 01, 2020, 06:25:41 pm
Appears to the result of a double failure.

The set working the 15:46 from Swindon had to come out of service and then a set brought out of the yard also had a problem leading to the cancellation of the 16:50 back to Swindon and its return.

A unit is now being detached from a Cardiff to Fareham service at Westbury for the 20:18 to Swindon.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: brooklea on March 01, 2020, 10:19:04 pm
Appears to the result of a double failure.

The set working the 15:46 from Swindon had to come out of service and then a set brought out of the yard also had a problem leading to the cancellation of the 16:50 back to Swindon and its return.

A unit is now being detached from a Cardiff to Fareham Salisbury service at Westbury for the 20:18 to Swindon.

Fixed that for you  ;)


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on March 06, 2020, 11:22:22 am
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14:16 Westbury to Swindon due 15:00
15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55
 
15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55 will be cancelled.
This is due to a person being hit by a train earlier.

Additional Information

Customers with via Melksham tickets may travel via Bath Spa. Road transport will be requested for customers at Melksham.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on March 06, 2020, 01:13:12 pm
Both now reinstated. 


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on March 06, 2020, 04:05:08 pm
Quote
15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55
15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55 will be delayed at Chippenham.
This is due to the train departing late to maintain customer connections.

Real time trains suggests its was a three minute delay to ensure a connection off the 15:00 from Bristol - makes sense.   Still making connections to London, Plymouth, Salisbury (and Cardiff) at Westbury.  Good call to hold at Chippenham.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on March 09, 2020, 08:46:07 pm
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20:45 Swindon to Westbury due 21:26
20:45 Swindon to Westbury due 21:26 will be diverted between Chippenham and Trowbridge.
It will no longer call at Melksham.
It will be delayed due to the diversion and is expected to be 7 minutes late.
This is due to a train hitting an obstruction on the line.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: RA on March 09, 2020, 08:54:28 pm
Quote
20:45 Swindon to Westbury due 21:26
20:45 Swindon to Westbury due 21:26 will be diverted between Chippenham and Trowbridge.
It will no longer call at Melksham.
It will be delayed due to the diversion and is expected to be 7 minutes late.
This is due to a train hitting an obstruction on the line.

The 17:50 Gloucester to Warminster service is currently (as at 20:50) sat at Melksham station. It has struck something in the vicinity of Dunch Lane bridge. Both engines were initially shut down but the crew have managed to revive them and limp forwards to Melksham station. The unit from the 20:06 Westbury to Cheltenham service (cancelled) is being used to rescue the stranded train.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on March 09, 2020, 08:57:16 pm
The 17:50 Gloucester to Warminster service is currently (as at 20:50) sat at Melksham station. It has struck something in the vicinity of Dunch Lane bridge. Both engines were initially shut down but the crew have managed to revive them and limp forwards to Melksham station. The unit from the 20:06 Westbury to Cheltenham service (cancelled) is being used to rescue the stranded train.

Oh dear ...

Completing the story, Journeycheck tells us

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Alterations to services between Chippenham and Trowbridge
Due to a train hitting an obstruction on the line between Chippenham and Trowbridge the line is blocked.
Train services running through these stations may be suspended. Disruption is expected until 21:00 09/03.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: RA on March 09, 2020, 09:01:43 pm
It appears that a road vehicle has struck one of the bridge parapets (road over rail) and knocked some of the masonry onto the track before leaving the scene without reporting the damage and obstruction.  >:(


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on March 09, 2020, 09:15:33 pm
It appears that a road vehicle has struck one of the bridge parapets (road over rail) and knocked some of the masonry onto the track before leaving the scene without reporting the damage and obstruction.  >:(

That would seem logical ... it's an "interesting" bridge ... https://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/18293127.railway-bridge-collapses-train-goes-near-melksham/

I started a separate thread ... https://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/18293127.railway-bridge-collapses-train-goes-near-melksham/ and http://www.passenger.chat/23016 . In hindsight that may be overdoing it, as it sounds like trains will be running again in the morning.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on March 09, 2020, 09:39:12 pm
Further text in the Gazette and Herald (https://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/18293170.passengers-speak-shock-train-hits-rubble-melksham-bridge/)

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ENGINEERS are clearing rubble from the railway line after a vehicle struck a bridge near Melksham.

A Great Western Railway service on its way from Chippenham to Warminster hit the stones at around 7.20pm, damaging the front of the train.

Network Rail hopes to have the line reopened by the morning rush hour. A damaged wall by the steel bridge is being rebuilt.

'Panic'

Passengers on the Warminster-bound service spoke of their shock at feeling the train "steer off the tracks".

Tracey Hannam, who joined the train at Chippenham, said: “I felt the train steer off the tracks.


“There was a really loud noise like the train was going to go over.

“A lot of us in our carriage held on to something and put our heads down.

“You just start panicking because you think the worst is going to happen.

“I’ve been travelling this route for six years and nothing like this has ever happened.”

Tracey works for the RSPCA in Chippenham and was travelling home to Trowbridge. She added: “It was very scary. I usually get an earlier train home from work but I stayed late today.



Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on March 11, 2020, 04:16:20 pm
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16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:07
16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:07 will be starting late from Westbury.
This is due to train crew being delayed by service disruption.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on March 13, 2020, 07:04:01 am
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06:11 Swindon to Westbury due 06:53
 
06:11 Swindon to Westbury due 06:53 is being delayed between Chippenham and Melksham and is now expected to be 12 minutes late.
This is due to congestion.

2 track now  ;D ;D (or passing loop(s) or whatever helps get all the freight and an hourly or better passenger train through!


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on March 22, 2020, 06:21:44 am
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08:20 Westbury to Swindon due 09:03
09:12 Swindon to Westbury due 09:52
10:44 Westbury to Swindon due 11:28
11:41 Swindon to Westbury due 12:21
14:50 Westbury to Swindon due 15:34
15:46 Swindon to Westbury due 16:26

08:20 Westbury to Swindon due 09:03 will be cancelled.
This is due to a short-notice change to the timetable.
Further Information
Following discussions with Government and the wider rail industry, Great Western Railway is reducing services to reflect national advice against non-essential travel, while maintaining services critical to keeping key workers moving during the current situation.

Posted to the log with no analysis of the particular choices made on the TransWilts - separate subject(s) ...


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on April 01, 2020, 03:28:12 pm
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15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55
15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55 is being delayed at Swindon.
This is due to trespassers on the railway.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on April 03, 2020, 04:11:28 pm
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16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:07
16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:07 will be starting late from Westbury.
This is due to a fault on this train.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on April 25, 2020, 08:23:35 am
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07:37 Westbury to Swindon due 08:24
07:37 Westbury to Swindon due 08:24 has been delayed at Westbury and is now 26 minutes late.
This is due to train crew being delayed.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on April 27, 2020, 06:24:45 pm
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18:39 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21

18:39 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21 will be cancelled.

This is due to a fault on this train.

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20:45 Swindon to Westbury due 21:26

20:45 Swindon to Westbury due 21:26 will be cancelled.

This is due to a fault on this train.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on May 03, 2020, 08:01:46 am
Each month, I consolidate data from http://www.mrug.org.uk/record.html into a Melksham specific report for TransWilts. I did wonder what I should do for April; in the absence of feedback or change requests, I simply carries on - it makes sense to do so, as it means that statistical series will be complete in the future.  Unusually, though, I am posting my report summary here as well as emailing it in, as it provides some useful indicators and some news from the line - such news is scarse from any service at the moment right across the UK as there simply aren't passengers on the trains and buses to report in anything like the normal numbers.




Another calendar month [April 2020] has ended - but a very different one.  For what it’s worth and in the absence of requests otherwise, we have continued to log Melksham train performance against the timetable as being advertised on the day on the WEBTIS screen at the station, which we are able to view remotely. (Summary paragraphs follow, raw data below)

About 486 services in the original timetable (may be inaccurate due to Easter public holiday)
348 services scheduled to call at Melksham during April 2020 on modified timetable
316 ran on time, 20 were slightly late, 10 were 5 minutes or more late, 2 were cancelled.

We have lost incredibly few service in the emergency timetable - probably because the line already has a very thin service which would be useless with cuts, the line provides an operation and key worker service, and there's nothing really left to cut as it's now a single train operation.

Most (but not all) of the people I know who use the TransWilts service are not using it at present - in line with goverment guidelines and rules, and common to all GWR services. The little 'intelligence' I have talks of trains with just a handful of people, but loadings per carriage actually remains slighlty higher (on tiny numbers) than many / most(?) other GWR services.

99.4% of services ran (excellent month; a rare example of meeting target)
96.5 ppm - again an excellent (even superb) figure.
In summary - the rail infrastrucure is no longer overoaded with services, and there are plenty of trains and crews.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on May 06, 2020, 06:20:44 am
From yesterday (on Twitter, public tweet):

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@GWRHelp
thanks for not opening the doors at Trowbridge station at 05:23 I loved my little stop off in Melksham and then an hour wait to go back to Trowbridge


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on May 20, 2020, 10:24:01 am
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09:45 Westbury to Swindon due 10:34

09:45 Westbury to Swindon due 10:34 was terminated at Chippenham.

It will no longer call at Swindon.

This is due to animals on the railway.

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11:05 Swindon to Westbury due 11:47

11:05 Swindon to Westbury due 11:47 will be cancelled.

This is due to animals on the railway.

Herd of cows on the line at Wootton Bassett Junction.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on May 20, 2020, 10:26:25 am
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10:30 Chippenham to Westbury due 10:56

An additional train service has been planned to operate as shown

10:30 Chippenham to Westbury due 10:56.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on May 20, 2020, 10:34:27 am
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10:30 Chippenham to Westbury due 10:56

An additional train service has been planned to operate as shown

10:30 Chippenham to Westbury due 10:56.

Logical to get the train back to Westbury ... expect it to be ultra-safe (no passengers) as it's running some 50 minutes ahead of the train cancelled in the timetable.   

Reports to me are very very thin at present, but the 09:45 Westbury to Swindon (which ran as far as Chippenham) is carrying passengers. The 11:05 back much less so (educated guess - no report)


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on May 20, 2020, 10:53:40 am
Will be some lengthy delays.  Two IETs (one in each direction) have struck the cows.   One train has a broken windscreen, the other is blocking Wootton Bassett Junction.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on May 20, 2020, 11:45:15 am
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12:16 Westbury to Swindon due 13:01

12:16 Westbury to Swindon due 13:01 will be cancelled.

This is due to animals on the railway.

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13:14 Swindon to Westbury due 13:55

13:14 Swindon to Westbury due 13:55 will be cancelled.

This is due to animals on the railway.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on May 20, 2020, 01:27:30 pm
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14:16 Westbury to Swindon due 15:01 will be terminated at Chippenham.

It will no longer call at Swindon.

This is due to animals on the railway.

Unit will then be used to provide a shuttle between Chippenham and Bath Spa.

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15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55

15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55 will be cancelled.

This is due to animals on the railway.

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16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:08

16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:08 will be cancelled.

This is due to animals on the railway.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on May 20, 2020, 02:20:08 pm
But then back down to Westbury on the evening 'peak' service.

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17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17
17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17 will be started from Chippenham.
It will no longer call at Swindon.
It will be delayed at Chippenham and is expected to be 9 minutes late.
This is due to animals on the railway.

I hope the late start is to let the bus from Swindon arrive, but I fear it's to let the train from Bath arrive.

Through train, Bath to Melksham ... now there's a novel idea  ;D


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on May 20, 2020, 04:29:21 pm
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18:39 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21

18:39 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21 will be terminated at Chippenham.

It will no longer call at Swindon.

This is due to animals on the railway earlier today.

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20:45 Swindon to Westbury due 21:26

20:45 Swindon to Westbury due 21:26 will be started from Chippenham.

It will no longer call at Swindon.

This is due to animals on the railway.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on June 12, 2020, 03:19:22 pm
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15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55
15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55 will be diverted between Chippenham and Trowbridge.
It will no longer call at Melksham.
It will be delayed due to the diversion and is expected to be 7 minutes late.
This is due to a fault with the signalling system.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on June 12, 2020, 04:50:49 pm
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16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:08
16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:08 will be diverted between Trowbridge and Chippenham.
It will no longer call at Melksham.
It will be delayed due to the diversion and is expected to be 10 minutes late.
This is due to a fault with the signalling system.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on June 12, 2020, 05:54:06 pm
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17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17 will be diverted between Chippenham and Trowbridge.
It will no longer call at Melksham.
It will be delayed due to the diversion and is expected to be 7 minutes late.
This is due to a fault with the signalling system.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on June 12, 2020, 07:08:07 pm
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18:39 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21
18:39 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21 will be diverted between Trowbridge and Chippenham.
It will no longer call at Melksham.
It will be delayed due to the diversion and is expected to be 10 minutes late.
This is due to a fault with the signalling system.
Further Information


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: Reginald25 on June 12, 2020, 07:12:12 pm
As the Melksham route is clearly not in use and trains diverting via Bathampton and BOA, was a bus service laid on automatically without request. And more generally, when more passengers start using the train, would a bustitution service be able to accomodate everyone with the required social distancing?


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on June 16, 2020, 05:11:10 pm
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16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:08
16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:08 has been delayed between Melksham and Chippenham and is now 10 minutes late.
This is due to congestion.

No problem ... not due back out until 17:36.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on June 17, 2020, 04:40:46 pm
Same train, different day

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16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:08

16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:08 is being delayed at Westbury.
This is due to a broken down train.

Was held at Westbury for 10 minutes to let the 14:15 diverted service from Plymouth to go in front to avoid a broken down freight train at Bedwyn.  It called at Westbury and will call at Swindon so anyone making an end to end journey could have caught it and not been inconvenienced.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on June 19, 2020, 05:35:37 am
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05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 05:59
05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 05:59 is being delayed at Westbury.
This is due to a fault on this train.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on June 19, 2020, 06:01:18 am
Now running but 16 minutes late.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on June 19, 2020, 03:20:25 pm
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16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:08
16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:08 will be cancelled.
This is due to failure of the electricity supply earlier today.
Further Information

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17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17
17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17 will be cancelled.
This is due to failure of the electricity supply earlier today.

Err ... diesel train ?


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on June 19, 2020, 03:44:43 pm
Err ... diesel train ?

Agreed, and I don't know the specific reason for the cancellations, but the points and signals need electricity.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on June 19, 2020, 03:53:19 pm
Both now re-instated anyway!   ;D


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on June 22, 2020, 07:42:51 am
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07:37 Westbury to Swindon due 08:19
07:37 Westbury to Swindon due 08:19 will no longer call at Melksham.
This is due to a points failure.
Will be formed of 2 coaches instead of 3.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on June 23, 2020, 07:12:41 am
Interesting to see how problems knock on ... and rather confirming that the line through Melksham is a key part of the network, and at times has capacity issues.

Failed freight train at just to the east of Kintbury.
1K01 in the platform at Bedwyn
5K21 in the turnback siding

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Cancellations to services between Bedwyn and Newbury
Due to a broken down train between Bedwyn and Newbury the line towards Reading is blocked.
Train services running through these stations will be cancelled, delayed by up to 60 minutes or diverted.
Disruption is expected until 08:30 23/06.

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06:12 Frome to London Paddington due 08:01
06:12 Frome to London Paddington due 08:01 will be diverted between Westbury and Reading.
It will no longer call at Pewsey, Bedwyn, Hungerford, Kintbury, Newbury, Thatcham, Theale and Reading West.
This is due to a broken down train.

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06:11 Swindon to Westbury due 06:53
06:11 Swindon to Westbury due 06:53 has been delayed at Chippenham and is now 11 minutes late.
This is due to a problem currently under investigation.

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/thinwait.jpg)



Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on June 23, 2020, 07:22:09 am
Interesting to see how problems knock on ... and rather confirming that the line through Melksham is a key part of the network, and at times has capacity issues.

Failed freight train at just to the east of Kintbury.
1K01 in the platform at Bedwyn
5K21 in the turnback siding


And 2 more coming through

... first one running close to the path of the 07:04 from Westbury to Cheltenham Spa ... but - no worry this time - that's not running at the moment anyway.

... second one in the gap between the 07:52 and 10:01 at Melksham; no same-direction delays and it will be well clear before the 09:09 in the other direction.

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04:51 Plymouth to London Paddington due 08:35
04:51 Plymouth to London Paddington due 08:35 will be diverted between Westbury and Reading.
It will no longer call at Pewsey, Bedwyn, Hungerford and Newbury.
It will be delayed due to the diversion and is expected to be 11 minutes late.
This is due to a broken down train.

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05:34 Plymouth to London Paddington due 09:19
05:34 Plymouth to London Paddington due 09:19 will be diverted between Westbury and Reading.
It will no longer call at Pewsey and Newbury.
It will be delayed due to the diversion and is expected to be 24 minutes late.
This is due to a broken down train.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on June 23, 2020, 07:50:30 am
The 06:11 from Swindon was delayed to allow the rescue loco to come up the single line.  Had to be sent from Westbury to Reading and then Newbury to attach to the front of the failed train near Kintbury.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on July 14, 2020, 01:07:32 pm
My heart misses a beat when I see a great glob of blue on out map at the top left of the page.

Today's, though, totally acceptable.

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17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17
Facilities on the 17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17.
Will be formed of 3 coaches instead of 2.

I really must try to get into the code to make these go red, blue or green (calamity, oh dear and Thank You respectively!)


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on July 14, 2020, 01:37:43 pm
I really must try to get into the code to make these go red, blue or green (calamity, oh dear and Thank You respectively!)

Well, that is the rest of your afternoon sorted...  ;D


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on July 15, 2020, 03:14:13 pm
I really must try to get into the code to make these go red, blue or green (calamity, oh dear and Thank You respectively!)

Well, that is the rest of your afternoon sorted...  ;D

Hmm ... not a brilliant day ... feeling a bit down ... felt like doing a bit of playing around.   All experimental stuff but the map is slightly more coloured:

Red - Cancellation
Brown - Toilet problems
Green - something additional (train or stops)
Dark Blue - delayed or late
Normal Blue - I haven't yet identified any key words in this report!

I will keep my eyes open over coming days and weeks and fine tune - for the moment, do not trust the colours to be accurate ....

adding ...
Orange - different length train to planned (e.g. 5 carriages for 10)
Magenta - only running part of the route (not calling at all stations)


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on July 25, 2020, 02:37:08 pm
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14:07 Westbury to Swindon due 14:56
14:07 Westbury to Swindon due 14:56 will be reinstated.
It will no longer call at Melksham.
It will be starting late from Westbury and is expected to be 10 minutes late.
This is due to a broken rail.

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15:05 Swindon to Westbury due 15:49
15:05 Swindon to Westbury due 15:49 will be reinstated.
It will no longer call at Melksham.
It will be delayed between Chippenham and Westbury and is expected to be 15 minutes late.
This is due to a broken rail.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: GBM on July 25, 2020, 03:20:46 pm
Can't be a broken rail AT Melksham, otherwise the whole train would be cancelled.
So a broken rail somewhere on a double line??


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on July 25, 2020, 03:41:36 pm
Can't be a broken rail AT Melksham, otherwise the whole train would be cancelled.
So a broken rail somewhere on a double line??

Likely on the single line through Melksham, with the train diverted from Trowbridge up to Bathampton, reversing there and through Corsham to Chippenham.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on July 26, 2020, 07:20:10 am
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08:47 Westbury to Swindon due 09:30
08:47 Westbury to Swindon due 09:30 will be cancelled.
This is due to a problem currently under investigation.

Quote
09:39 Swindon to Westbury due 10:24
09:39 Swindon to Westbury due 10:24 will be cancelled.
This is due to a problem currently under investigation.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on July 26, 2020, 08:21:36 am
Could possibly be a planning error.   Neither train appears on Real Time Trains.  In addition two services to the West of England have been diverted via the single line - due to pass Melksham at 09:04 and 09:53.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on July 26, 2020, 08:33:04 am
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08:47 Westbury to Swindon due 09:30
08:47 Westbury to Swindon due 09:30 will be cancelled.
This is due to a problem currently under investigation.

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09:39 Swindon to Westbury due 10:24
09:39 Swindon to Westbury due 10:24 will be cancelled.
This is due to a problem currently under investigation.

Real time trains suggests that an IET from London to Plymouth (an "important" train) passes Melksham at 09:05 and Journey Check suggests that the 08:47 from Westbury to Swindon (a train that key workers were delighted to get back couple of weeks ago through scheduled 27 minutes later than normal today, and has built up again quickly) was due to call at 09:04.

Looks like a planning error.  Has it really just come light this morning, I wonder?  Planning must have been done at least a few days ago and people can re-arrange if they know.

With the next London to Plymouth train on the single track at the same time the train was due to return from Swindon, and a freight train in between ... simplest solution is to cancel the 08:47 ...

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/rtt_20200726.jpg)

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/jc_20200726.jpg)

Could possibly be a planning error.   Neither train appears on Real Time Trains.  In addition two services to the West of England have been diverted via the single line - due to pass Melksham at 09:04 and 09:53.

Exactly, Bob .... I was slower in replying as I've been answering regular user frustration on Facebook!


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on July 26, 2020, 01:46:04 pm
Can't be a broken rail AT Melksham, otherwise the whole train would be cancelled.
So a broken rail somewhere on a double line??

Likely on the single line through Melksham, with the train diverted from Trowbridge up to Bathampton, reversing there and through Corsham to Chippenham.

Now had a chance to investigate this.

The preceding train from Swindon to Westbury reported a defect between Thingley Junction and Melksham on the single line.    It was then established as a gap between two sections of track rather than a broken rail.  So while the 14:22 from Westbury was diverted via Bathampton the return from Swindon at 15:05 did go booked route and call at Melksham.  This allowed trackside staff to watch a train over the affected stretch and carry out the work needed to solve the problem.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on July 28, 2020, 03:40:14 am
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05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 05:59
05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 05:59 will be cancelled.
This is due to a fault on this train.

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06:11 Swindon to Westbury due 06:53
06:11 Swindon to Westbury due 06:53 will be cancelled.
This is due to a fault on this train.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on July 28, 2020, 08:16:59 am
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07:37 Westbury to Swindon due 08:19
07:37 Westbury to Swindon due 08:19 has been cancelled.
This is due to a problem currently under investigation.

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08:44 Swindon to Westbury due 09:25
08:44 Swindon to Westbury due 09:25 will be cancelled.
This is due to a problem currently under investigation.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on July 31, 2020, 01:45:42 pm
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14:16 Westbury to Swindon due 15:01
14:16 Westbury to Swindon due 15:01 will be cancelled.
This is due to a broken down train earlier today.

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15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55
15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55 will be cancelled.
This is due to a broken down train earlier today.

for the record ... I suspect the root cause is
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Cancellations to services between Westbury and Newbury
Due to a broken down train between Westbury and Newbury the line towards Reading is blocked.
Train services running through these stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to 30 minutes or diverted. Disruption is expected until 16:00 31/07.
any yet again diversions via the TransWilts, cancelling the local trains, and not having the diverted semi-fasts make the extra calls.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on July 31, 2020, 02:47:42 pm
Indeed. 

(http://www.mbob.co.uk/rforum/mkmcanc.jpg)


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on July 31, 2020, 04:46:23 pm
A couple of hours added to the problems at Bedwyn

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Cancellations to services between Westbury and Newbury
Due to a broken down train between Westbury and Newbury the line towards Reading is blocked.
Train services running through these stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to 30 minutes or diverted. Disruption is expected until 18:00 31/07.

And a couple more TransWilts service sacrificed so the important trains can use our line none-stop.

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16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:08
16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:08 will be cancelled.
This is due to a broken down train.
Additional Information
Customers with tickets routed 'via Melksham' may travel via Bath Spa.

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17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17
17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17 will be cancelled.
This is due to a broken down train.
Additional Information
Customers with tickets routed 'via Melksham' may travel via Bath Spa.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on July 31, 2020, 05:32:30 pm
A stop in the right direction  ;)

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15:38 Exeter St Davids to London Paddington due 18:09
15:38 Exeter St Davids to London Paddington due 18:09 will be diverted between Westbury and Reading.
It will no longer call at Pewsey and Newbury but will call additionally at Swindon.
It is being delayed between Westbury and Reading and is now expected to be 24 minutes late.
This is due to a broken down train.

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16:46   Westbury   16:46
17:02   Pewsey   Not Stopping
17:22   Newbury   Not Stopping
Swindon   17:32
17:42   Reading   18:06


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: Adelante_CCT on July 31, 2020, 05:41:11 pm
Offending train now finally moved out of the way


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on July 31, 2020, 06:25:22 pm
A stop in the right direction  ;)

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15:38 Exeter St Davids to London Paddington due 18:09
15:38 Exeter St Davids to London Paddington due 18:09 will be diverted between Westbury and Reading.
It will no longer call at Pewsey and Newbury but will call additionally at Swindon.
It is being delayed between Westbury and Reading and is now expected to be 24 minutes late.
This is due to a broken down train.

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16:46   Westbury   16:46
17:02   Pewsey   Not Stopping
17:22   Newbury   Not Stopping
Swindon   17:32
17:42   Reading   18:06

Sort of - trains booked to call at Pewsey usually get a Swindon stop to provide a shorter distance for road replacement.  I think they also find it easier to organise it from Swindon rather than Westbury - but yes a bonus for anyone making an end to end journey on the TransWilts.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on July 31, 2020, 08:13:49 pm
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Delays to services between Westbury and Newbury
Following a broken down train earlier today between Westbury and Newbury the line towards Reading is now open.
Train services running through these stations are returning to normal. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.


16:00 .... 18:00 .... end of day.  Wonder if anyone analyses first estimates and final results to help get the first estimates better next time ... bit fed up ... cancellations 4 out of the last seven days.  Nice to see IETs, but between rather than in place of scheduled calling services would be far nicer.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on July 31, 2020, 09:07:20 pm
I don’t have the details about today but the rescue loco was shown on Open Train Times map as ready to leave Theale around 14:30.  What happened after that I’m not sure.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: GBM on August 01, 2020, 05:50:19 pm
I don’t have the details about today but the rescue loco was shown on Open Train Times map as ready to leave Theale around 14:30.  What happened after that I’m not sure.
If you happen to hear, I'd be interested please.
Watched for a while, but didn't see any thunderbird, so was called to housework...............


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on August 03, 2020, 06:42:42 am
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05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 05:59
Facilities on the 05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 05:59.
Will be formed of 3 coaches instead of 2.

6 out of 7 (12 services) today with an extra carriage. 2 journeys unreported in the middle of the day (I wonder if a different set is used?) and 3 individual journeys remain suspended due to Coronavirus reductions. 

Ironically perhaps, those suspended journeys are the ones that ran all through the dark days up to 2013 when we had two trains each way per day, "too early and too late" and whilst they form an important element of the ongoing service and their none-running leaves a hole, they are probably the easiest-lost services.   

Note, please, if you are reading this at GWR HQ or at the DfT, I write "easyEST lost" and not easily lost.
... the resultant gap from 17:36 to 20:45 in return trains at the end of a days' work from Swindon really needs to be plugged when you can.  The 18:44 is the most missed of the three
... the loss of the final train up from Westbury at 19:35 is disappointing; not a busy train but a socially necessary one.

Should some bright person take the current 16:25 trip off Westbury and then replicate it at 18:25 (replacing the 18:39) and 20:25, returning as current at 17:36, 19:36 (but 19:16 preferable) and 21:36 (but 21:16 OR 22:36 both preferable), I think we would be close to the best one-train solution.  No - that is is not a hint.  Yes - this is a hint.

Still reading?  The suggestion probably mucks up the Stroud Valley extras.  The long-running 07:01 Westbury to Swindon arrived in Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa for start-or-work and the return 18:44 off Swindon started as an excellent return -from-work train from those places to Stroud, Kemble and Swindon.  Up to 2013, as the only services off the TransWilts into Swindon these extras only had a very niche clientelle of people who wanted to spend 11 hours in Swindon. Post 2013, they have become useful trains for people who want to 9 or 10 hours in Swindon - up on an old train and back on a new, or vice versa.

Let's sort out the Stroud Valley commuters too.  Re-instate our 07:01 off Westbury.  Balance working back, the 18:44 off Swindon.   Push back that 19:16 or 19:36 return from Swindon (above) to 20:06, and run the final round trip at 21:01 from Westbury and 22:36 from Swindon.   All balances, neat job done.  A single extra journey over the TransWilts, gaps filled.  Mid evening curiosities cleared from Swindon to Gloucester / Cheltenham Spa.

With my crayon sharpened ... south of Westbury (where the original southbound services carried on to Southampton, but northbound only originated from Westbury!) there is ... clear scope for a further post. Yes - looking at linking the services through to the Southampton area,  and/or filling in to Dilton Marsh and Warminster, or to Frome.   And - yes - with an hourly TransWilts service you will on pre-covid logic double the number of passengers; a two-hourly (or slightly worse) commuter service with journey times of perhaps 25 minutes is not THAT attractive; we see locally how robust passenger numbers are to repeated disruption, and that's because the user base is still thin, and self selected from the much larger potential pool who would use it if it were more frequent and generally trusted to run.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on August 11, 2020, 09:23:24 pm
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20:45 Swindon to Westbury due 21:26
20:45 Swindon to Westbury due 21:26 has been delayed at Swindon and is now 19 minutes late.
This is due to a broken down train.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on August 12, 2020, 06:27:51 am
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05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 05:59
05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 05:59 has been delayed previously and is expected to be 21 minutes late from Chippenham.
This is due to a broken down train.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on August 12, 2020, 06:39:18 am
Here’s the culprit.

The overnight train from Penzance failed at Chippenham and had to be rescued by the loco which would have met it at Reading.

Seen here passing Swindon nearly three hours late.

(http://www.mbob.co.uk/rforum/1c50swi.jpg)


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on August 12, 2020, 06:45:58 am
Here’s the culprit.

The overnight train from Penzance failed at Chippenham and had to be rescued by the loco which would have met it at Reading.

Seen here passing Swindon nearly three hours late.


Ironic that I'm giving a short talk today where this is relevant.  May I use the picture(with credit?) please?


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on August 12, 2020, 06:52:24 am
Of course. If you do need a higher quality version let me know. 

On topic:  The return service from Swindon to Westbury is running 25 minutes late - but it IS running.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on August 12, 2020, 07:11:38 am
Of course. If you do need a higher quality version let me know. 

On topic:  The return service from Swindon to Westbury is running 25 minutes late - but it IS running.

Thanks ... 'just' a small image but what a classic illustration of how trains that have nothing to do with the residents in the area get in the way of local trains.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on August 13, 2020, 04:56:41 am
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06:37 London Paddington to Exeter St Davids due 08:44
07:04 London Paddington to Paignton due 10:15
08:04 London Paddington to Penzance due 13:07

07:04 London Paddington to Paignton due 10:15 will be diverted between Reading and Taunton.
It will no longer call at Newbury and Pewsey.
This is due to engineering works not being finished on time

Effect on local services not yet known ... but it looks like some main line services from London to the West Country are coming through that fine-fettled but low-capacity section between Chippenham and Trowbridge.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on August 13, 2020, 07:03:16 am
Effect on local services not yet known ... but it looks like some main line services from London to the West Country are coming through that fine-fettled but low-capacity section between Chippenham and Trowbridge.

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07:37 Westbury to Swindon due 08:19
07:37 Westbury to Swindon due 08:19 will be cancelled.
This is due to engineering works not being finished on time.

08:44 Swindon to Westbury due 09:25
09:45 Westbury to Swindon due 10:34
11:05 Swindon to Westbury due 11:46

It feels like other trains getting in the way is becoming a daily occurrence!


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on August 14, 2020, 08:38:27 am
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Delays to services between Chippenham and Swindon
Due to a fault with the signalling system between Chippenham and Swindon fewer trains are able to run on all lines.
Train services running through these stations may be delayed by up to 15 minutes. Disruption is expected until 12:00 14/08.
Further Information
Owing to problems with the signalling system in the Chippenham area a reduced frequency of train service will operate to and from Chippenham and Bath Spa.
If you hold a valid single, return, or weekly ticket, you will be able to claim compensation for delays of 15 minutes or more. Please keep your ticket and visit GWR.com/DelayRepay

Looks like alternate London <-> Bristol services missing out Chippenham and Bath Spa so I'm guessing single line working from Royal Wootton Bassett to Thingley.  No reports on JourneyCheck of any delays to TransWilts services which is a pleasant change from what I would have expected to see. And when they're about they'll give extra Chippenham to Swindon service about the hourly anyway.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on August 14, 2020, 08:49:12 am
Service thinned out with some Bristol/London trains going via Hullavington along with freight were possible.

Remaining ones sharing the westbound line between Thingley and Wootton Bassett junctions.

Now if there was only reversible signalling on the Berks & Hants route there would be far fewer diversions via Melksham.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on August 14, 2020, 01:38:24 pm
Delays to services between Chippenham and Swindon
Train services running through these stations may be delayed by up to 15 minutes. Disruption is expected until 12:00 14/08.

Ongoing ...

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Alterations to services between Chippenham and Swindon
Due to a fault with the signalling system between Chippenham and Swindon fewer trains are able to run on all lines.
Train services running through these stations may be delayed by up to 10 minutes or diverted. Disruption is expected until 15:00 14/08.

At least the way the diversions are being routed with alternate London - Bristol and vice versa trains missing out Chippenham and Bath Spa, there's always going to be a train within the hour.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on August 14, 2020, 01:55:43 pm
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13:14 Swindon to Westbury due 13:55 has been delayed at Swindon and is now 29 minutes late.
This is due to a fault with the signalling system earlier today.
Disabled toilet facilities are not available.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on August 19, 2020, 09:35:45 pm
NOT a delay - a reminder (just one of many occasions) of when Melksham is on the main line to and from the West Country

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16:15 Penzance to London Paddington due 21:40
16:15 Penzance to London Paddington due 21:40 will be diverted between Westbury and Reading.
It will no longer call at Pewsey and Newbury.
It will be delayed due to the diversion and is expected to be 10 minutes late.
This is due to a broken down train.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on August 19, 2020, 09:42:57 pm
Not sure I follow that.  It was fractionally early at Westbury but 23 minutes late at Reading. 


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on August 19, 2020, 09:46:50 pm
Not sure I follow that.  It was fractionally early at Westbury but 23 minutes late at Reading. 

I'm looking at it from the viewpoint of the local trains


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on August 19, 2020, 10:06:45 pm
But it passed through Melksham around 20:40 so I can’t see it delayed anything else?


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on August 20, 2020, 06:42:41 am
But it passed through Melksham around 20:40 so I can’t see it delayed anything else?

It had been a long day ... poor wording on my part of an unusual post on this thread.  Unusual not because diversions are unusual (it's already happened on a number of days this month - I think this is the 4th) but because I chose to record it here as an example.

No TransWilts trains were delayed or cancelled by this diversion of a Penzance to Paddington train from Westbury via Swindon, including over the single line railway from Bradford Junction to Thingley Junction.   

I estimate the diverted train passed through the station of Melksham at 20:38, and in the gap between the 18:55 call of the final Westbury to Swindon and the 21:10 final Swindon to Westbury.  No delay. Even with an extra southbound call at 19:15 and an extra 19:50 northbound call, currently suspended because of a continued thinning out of services because of Coronavirus, there would have been no delays.  Freight trains passed through at 19:32 and 20:06 - again, no operational conflict in the area.

The 16:15 Penzance to Paddington was on time at Westbury, but 23 minutes late at Reading due to being diverted, and missed out calls at Pewsey and Newbury.  That's around 10 to 15 minutes more delay picked up than would have happened on a run totally free of other trains, and I suspect it had to wait to be threaded through Thingley, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon, Foxhall and Didcot ... or got caught behind one of those freight trains that was around.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on August 23, 2020, 07:28:19 am
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08:11 Warminster to Swindon due 09:06

08:11 Warminster to Swindon due 09:06 will be started from Westbury.

It will no longer call at Warminster and Dilton Marsh.

This is due to engineering works not being finished on time.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: martyjon on August 24, 2020, 01:19:48 pm
Just now at 1306. Broken Down train on B&H expect diversions via M with associated canx S to W.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on August 24, 2020, 01:23:07 pm
Line has just re-opened - we might just get away with it!


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on August 25, 2020, 02:16:09 pm
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14:16 Westbury to Swindon due 15:01
14:16 Westbury to Swindon due 15:01 will be cancelled.
This is due to an obstruction on the track.

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15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55
15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55 will be cancelled.
This is due to an obstruction on the track.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on August 25, 2020, 05:13:09 pm
Two problems this afternoon.  A tree on the line and hit by a freight train near Freshford.  Meanwhile a commercial sized marquee on the track between Melksham and Thingley Junction on the single line.  Makes a change from a trampoline I suppose.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: TaplowGreen on August 25, 2020, 05:17:51 pm
16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:08
16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:08 will be cancelled.
This is due to an obstruction on the track.

17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17
17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17 will be cancelled.
This is due to an obstruction on the track.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on August 25, 2020, 05:27:39 pm
Picture from Network Rail of the offending marquee.

(http://www.mbob.co.uk/rforum/mkmmarq.jpg)


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on August 25, 2020, 05:55:19 pm
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17:51 Chippenham to Westbury due 18:41
An additional bus service has been planned to operate as shown 17:51 Chippenham to Westbury due 18:41


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: Lee on August 25, 2020, 08:43:27 pm
Picture from Network Rail of the offending marquee.

(http://www.mbob.co.uk/rforum/mkmmarq.jpg)

"I said Marston, not Melksham, Biggles!..."


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: TaplowGreen on August 25, 2020, 09:59:44 pm
Hopefully the rest of the wedding reception went off without a hitch.....albeit a bit breezy.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on August 26, 2020, 06:47:06 pm
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18:39 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21

18:39 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21 has been cancelled.

This is due to a fault on this train.

Quote
20:45 Swindon to Westbury due 21:26

20:45 Swindon to Westbury due 21:26 will be cancelled.

This is due to a fault on this train.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on August 26, 2020, 06:48:29 pm
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18:39 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21
18:39 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21 has been cancelled.
This is due to a fault on this train.

Quote
20:45 Swindon to Westbury due 21:26
20:45 Swindon to Westbury due 21:26 will be cancelled.
This is due to a fault on this train.

Snap  ;D ;D


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on September 13, 2020, 08:14:07 am
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08:11 Warminster to Swindon due 09:03 will be started from Westbury.
It will no longer call at Warminster and Dilton Marsh.
This is due to a fault on this train


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on September 14, 2020, 08:00:39 am
Classic example of two or three things going wrong at the same time.  In the server move, there was a gap of a few hours in the automated monitoring of the Melksham train call data, and I have been filling in the gap from Real Time Trains.  But a very odd report on the train due at 15:39 ... does anyone know what happened?

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/rttodd2020011.jpg)

Showing 'right time' into Westbury ... and I suspect that's correct.  Times at Hawkeridge, Trowbridge and Bradford Junction look like the time the same train passed  / called there on its next journey back up to Swidnon - timings are in reverse and right for that hypothesis.  But 16:09 at Melksham???

1. At what time did the 15:14 from Swindon to Westbury call at Melksham, if at all?
2. What was showing on the departure board at the station when the train was due?


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on September 16, 2020, 05:22:53 am
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05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 05:59
05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 05:59 will be cancelled.
This is due to engineering works not being finished on time.

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05:17 Westbury to Bath Spa due 05:46
An additional train service has been planned to operate as shown 05:17 Westbury to Bath Spa due 05:46.

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06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08
06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08 will be started from Trowbridge.
It will no longer call at Swindon, Chippenham and Melksham.
This is due to engineering works not being finished on time.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: TaplowGreen on September 16, 2020, 05:37:40 am
05:17 Westbury to Bath Spa due 05:46
Additional 05:17 Westbury to Bath Spa due 05:46 will be cancelled.
This is due to engineering works not being finished on time.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on September 16, 2020, 06:53:32 am
05:17 Westbury to Bath Spa due 05:46
Additional 05:17 Westbury to Bath Spa due 05:46 will be cancelled.
This is due to engineering works not being finished on time.

Looks like an interesting morning!

In the end, the 05:17 ran (empty? Late? via Melksham or via Bathampton?) to CHIPPENHAM where it reversed and - a few minutes late (after the arrival of the first train from London / Swindon) - set off for Southampton, re-instating calls at Chippenham and Melksham and giving a connection from Swindon too - so nothing lost Southbound.

Although it looks to be around 10 minutes late at Westbury (question over the London connection used by some passengers from Trowbridge), it probably won't need the 12 minutes at Salisbury in the timetable.

Sensible solution ... pity the electronic passenger system sent out cancelled messages to passengers for whom a service was then provided; hope it didn't put too many people off.  The online system seems very binary - either "Cancelled" or not for a train in the future.  I do wonder if "Check Back" or something could be used to alert people to an element of doubt.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on September 16, 2020, 07:40:19 am
Although it looks to be around 10 minutes late at Westbury (question over the London connection used by some passengers from Trowbridge), it probably won't need the 12 minutes at Salisbury in the timetable.

Looks like regulars would have made it at Westbury ... though Real Time Trains is a bit granular.  A minute to change - quick dash under the subway.  No connections missed at Salisbury, and it left there on time.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on September 16, 2020, 12:06:22 pm
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12:16 Westbury to Swindon due 13:01
12:16 Westbury to Swindon due 13:01 will be cancelled.
This is due to a person hit by a train.

Edit (to add for the record without bring the subject up as a new post):

https://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/18724763.person-hit-train-near-trowbridge---delays-expected/

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DELAYS are expected on trains towards Bath after a person has been hit by a train near Trowbridge.

Wiltshire Police are currently assisting at the incident on the railway line near North Bradley.

Delays are expected on the trains to Bath Spa and Westbury until around 2pm.

Contact Great Western Railway for more information if you are travelling in that direction.

It is not known what condition the person who was hit is in.

More to follow.

https://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/18725376.person-died-struck-train-trowbridge/

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A person has died after being struck at a railway crossing in Trowbridge.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance was called to the scene at around 11.35am on September 16 following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

Paramedics also attended the incident, but the person was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said: ?Officers were called to Trowbridge station at 11.32am today (16 September) following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

?Paramedics also attended, however sadly a person was pronounced dead at the scene.

?The incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.?


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on September 16, 2020, 12:30:13 pm
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13:14 Swindon to Westbury due 13:55
13:14 Swindon to Westbury due 13:55 will be cancelled.
This is due to a person hit by a train.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on September 19, 2020, 12:39:20 pm
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12:05 Westbury to Swindon due 12:56
12:05 Westbury to Swindon due 12:56 has been delayed at Westbury and is now 7 minutes late.
This is due to train crew being delayed by service disruption.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on September 20, 2020, 07:30:05 am
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08:11 Warminster to Swindon due 09:03
Facilities on the 08:11 Warminster to Swindon due 09:03.
This is due to more trains than usual needing repairs at the same time.
Will be formed of 2 coaches instead of 3.

Lots of short forms today ... from reports, although I thought they were supposed to be 2 cars only in the first place.

Interestingly, reports starting to come back of train use - including one suggesting that social distancing was / is beginning to be a bit tight and asking "should the train be stepped up to 3 cars?". 


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on September 20, 2020, 02:44:25 pm
Well, pleased to report there were three coaches on the 13:41 Swindon to Weymouth.  Be welcome on its return trip from the seaside.

(Don?t shout it out loud but spotted it from the restaurant while eating our anniversary meal!)


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on September 20, 2020, 03:41:49 pm
But two coaches on the 15:39 to Frome. 

(Pushing my luck here!)


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on September 21, 2020, 03:47:42 pm
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13:40 Exeter St Davids to London Paddington due 16:14
13:40 Exeter St Davids to London Paddington due 16:14 will be diverted between Westbury and Reading.
It will no longer call at Pewsey and Newbury.
This is due to a fault with the signalling system.

Diversion(s?) via Melksham this afternoon ... unsure how many, but looks like they've done so without any local cancellations - THANK YOU.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on September 21, 2020, 04:31:42 pm
That was the only diverted service in the end.  A couple of other passenger trains delayed by around 30 minutes plus one freight but kept to their original route. 

Luckily the one which was diverted dovetailed well with the booked services on the single line.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on September 22, 2020, 05:51:45 pm
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17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17
17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17 is being delayed at Swindon.
This is due to a broken down train.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on September 25, 2020, 07:48:18 pm
Quote
20:45 Swindon to Westbury due 21:26
20:45 Swindon to Westbury due 21:26 will be cancelled.
This is due to a fault on this train.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on September 27, 2020, 08:18:47 am
Not sure whether to be logging this one or not ... Swindon to Westbury running as timetabled.

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11:22 Swindon to Portsmouth Harbour due 14:04
11:22 Swindon to Portsmouth Harbour due 14:04 will be terminated at Westbury.
It will no longer call at Dilton Marsh, Warminster, Salisbury, Romsey, Southampton Central, Fareham, Cosham, Fratton, Portsmouth & Southsea and Portsmouth Harbour.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: TaplowGreen on September 27, 2020, 09:58:14 am
10:04 Westbury to Swindon due 10:52
10:04 Westbury to Swindon due 10:52 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.

This one now cancelled throughout

11:22 Swindon to Portsmouth Harbour due 14:04
11:22 Swindon to Portsmouth Harbour due 14:04 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.



Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on September 27, 2020, 10:01:43 am
10:04 Westbury to Swindon due 10:52
10:04 Westbury to Swindon due 10:52 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.

This one now cancelled throughout

11:22 Swindon to Portsmouth Harbour due 14:04
11:22 Swindon to Portsmouth Harbour due 14:04 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.

Thanks, yes ... and (at least) we have a northbound additional call at Melksham too.

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09:08 Portsmouth Harbour to Swindon due 11:43
09:08 Portsmouth Harbour to Swindon due 11:43 will be diverted between Westbury and Swindon.
It will call additionally at Melksham.
It will be delayed due to the diversion and is expected to be 5 minutes late.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 01, 2020, 11:13:16 pm
The 20:45 from Swindon to Westbury had some issues tonight ... together with lots of other trains:

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Well an amazing train journey home what should be a 40 min journey home now nearly an hour late into westbury

Cannot access westbury from Trowbridge end so had to go on a loop round down to frome and back into westbury what amazing value for money this is lol plus compensation to come back as well

On time at Swindon, Chippenham and Melksham
34 minutes late at Trowbridge
87 minutes late into Westbury


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 02, 2020, 08:00:48 am
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06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08
06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08 will be terminated at Salisbury.
It will no longer call at Romsey and Southampton Central.
It has been delayed at Westbury and is now 32 minutes late.
This is due to a points failure.

Ironically, the busiest section of the route is cancelled ... but then it's also the section on which there's another train.  With the 07:35 from Salisbury cancelled, passengers will drop back to the 07:50.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 02, 2020, 08:05:46 am
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07:37 Westbury to Swindon due 08:20 has been reinstated and is now running as scheduled.

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08:44 Swindon to Westbury due 09:25
08:44 Swindon to Westbury due 09:25 will be reinstated.
It will be starting late from Swindon.
This is due to a points failure.

Glad they're running ... hope that not-too-many people got scared off.  With nothing able to run from the platforms in Westbury out towards Pewsey (as I understand it), the TransWilts service offers the best way for Westbury passengers to Reading and London


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on October 02, 2020, 08:11:53 am
08:44 cancelled, reinstated, then cancelled again.

(http://www.mbob.co.uk/rforum/mkmcanx.png)


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 02, 2020, 08:19:23 am
08:44 cancelled, reinstated, then cancelled again.

07:35 from Westbury cancelled too - so that's a round trip gone.  But then the 07:04 from Westbury (the one that goes on from Swindon via Stroud) ran 30 minutes late - in the path of the 07:35. 


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 02, 2020, 10:20:31 am
Another one bites the dust

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09:45 Westbury to Swindon due 10:34
09:45 Westbury to Swindon due 10:34 has been cancelled.
This is due to a points failure

JourneyCheck reports 1 cancelled, 7 short run and 34 reformed.  Guess where the cancellation is!


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 02, 2020, 10:29:04 am
Now 2 cancelled ... added

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11:05 Swindon to Westbury due 11:47
11:05 Swindon to Westbury due 11:47 will be cancelled.
This is due to a points failure.

Additional Information
Customers with tickets routed via Melksham may travel via Bath Spa.

Customers at Melksham should use the Customer Help Point or contact National Rail Enquiries on 03457 484 950 detailing the total number of passengers in your party and your intended destination.


Customers at Melksham should note that although the help point looks to be turned off with a dead screen, the information button does work (or was doing on Wednesday).  Be prepared to speak clearly because the line is pretty poor and expect to spend some time in trying to communicate as a result.  They will ask you where you are .... then they will ask you to spell that.   Answer should be M-E-L-K-S-H-A-M as they do not find T-H-A-T helpful.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 06, 2020, 07:37:49 am
05:17 - Westbury to Swindon
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This service is partially cancelled
This service was cancelled between Chippenham and Swindon due to an issue with the train crew (TG).

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06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08
06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08 will be started from Westbury.
It will no longer call at Swindon, Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge.
This is due to a member of on-train staff being taken ill.

Wishing the member of staff involved a speedy recovery.



Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 12, 2020, 11:38:08 am
I was in Swindon to 10 O'Clock ... so glad I came back on the 09:59 and cycled from Chippenham!

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11:05 Swindon to Westbury due 11:47
11:05 Swindon to Westbury due 11:47 will be diverted between Chippenham and Trowbridge.
It will no longer call at Melksham.
It will be delayed due to the diversion and is expected to be 7 minutes late.
This is due to a fault with the signalling system.

Been a right morning of it ... at the station for the 05:33.  No indication of anything amiss when I left home, but at the station it flashed up that fateful "Delayed" message on the departure screen.    Help point broken - phone rang, answered, said "please wait" and went dead.    National Rail Enquires on my phone told me the train was delayed, but when I asked how much told me that GWR had not given them the information.   When I asked "what do you advise me to do" she said "all I can tell you is train is delayed - I cannot advise you what to do ...."

Anyway ... It turned up.  On time off Westbury, sat for quarter of an hour at Trowbridge, crept up the single line so it was 40 minutes late into Swindon.   Chap who joined at Melksham with me had missed his connecting bus to work ...

Standing as "Journey Maker" in Swindon Station, I noted the 07:48 arrival from Westbury was also 40 minutes late, and the 08:18 arrival about 30 minutes late.    The 06:36 to Southampton left very late, and I note it terminated at Romsey .. as it's the school train  from Salisbury and Romsey into Southampton, that's a "fail" but then I'm sure all the school-goers caught the SWT half an hour behind, just as the Stroud school traffic from Swindon who usually catch the 07:56 went on the express from London half an hour later.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on October 12, 2020, 11:47:28 am
Axle counters failed on the single line after the weekend engineering work.   Pilot working in operation.  Repairs underway - hoping for a fix by lunchtime.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 12, 2020, 11:52:58 am
... hoping for a fix by lunchtime.

To the axle counter or the help point??  :D


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 12, 2020, 04:18:04 pm
... hoping for a fix by lunchtime.

To the axle counter or the help point??  :D

Clearly not the axle counter ... or was it just a hope??

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17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17
17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17 will be diverted between Chippenham and Trowbridge.
It will no longer call at Melksham.
It will be delayed due to the diversion and is expected to be 7 minutes late.
This is due to a fault with the signalling system.

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18:39 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21
18:39 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21 will be diverted between Trowbridge and Chippenham.
It will no longer call at Melksham.
It will be delayed due to the diversion and is expected to be 10 minutes late.
This is due to a fault with the signalling system.

They've had the whole ****ing weekend to get the line into a fine fettle ....

Noting that Journeycheck says nothing about alternative arrangements - just tells you about compensation ...


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on October 12, 2020, 04:21:47 pm
They've had the whole ****ing weekend to get the line into a fine fettle ....

I think the problem is while doing that work a cable was inadvertently damaged and not discovered until testing at the end of the work.  It isn't an engineering overrun in the usual sense.  Agreed however that is a distinction which won't count for much to those trying to get home in the rain.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 12, 2020, 04:39:31 pm
They've had the whole ****ing weekend to get the line into a fine fettle ....

I think the problem is while doing that work a cable was inadvertently damaged and not discovered until testing at the end of the work.  It isn't an engineering overrun in the usual sense.  Agreed however that is a distinction which won't count for much to those trying to get home in the rain.


Yeah, agreed .... far from the first time that there's been an "oh - whoops" at the tail end of engineering.  I recall similar things when Westbury came to re-open after a Christmas and New Year closure.   

One offs - understandable.  A pattern of finding new problems just before re-opening is worthy of analysis. Either do something to reduce the problems, or have a backup plan. 

"I don't know what's happening and cannot advise you what to do - I can only tell you your train is delayed" is not exactly what the customers headed for work at 05:45 on a Monday morning wanted to here, or found helpful.  Telling us that the next train was 07:21 if the 05:33 didn't come along ... well ... indicated a disjoint between the customer advisor and the customers!


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: Timmer on October 12, 2020, 05:02:13 pm
"I don't know what's happening and cannot advise you what to do - I can only tell you your train is delayed" is not exactly what the customers headed for work at 05:45 on a Monday morning wanted to here, or found helpful.  Telling us that the next train was 07:21 if the 05:33 didn't come along ... well ... indicated a disjoint between the customer advisor and the customers!
An all to typical response from someone who?s probably many miles away from Melksham reading off a screen exactly what you already knew. I doubt you?d have got any better from the help point that goes to the same place.

That?s the problem with a one size fits all anyone can answer from anywhere type of customer service. In other words a load of rubbish. Things like this are much better served at a local level where control can supply exactly what?s going on for that particular region.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 13, 2020, 04:58:12 am
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05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 06:00
05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 06:00 will be diverted between Trowbridge and Chippenham.
It will no longer call at Melksham.
It will be delayed due to the diversion and is expected to be 10 minutes late.
This is due to a fault with the signalling system.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on October 13, 2020, 06:49:57 am
Although it doesn?t help Melksham passengers, there does seem to be a greater keenness to run via Bathampton (or even Bath Spa station) and reverse when there are problems on the single line rather than cancel completely. 

Perhaps it is easier at present because there are still gaps in the mainline timetable. 


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: TaplowGreen on October 13, 2020, 07:05:20 am
06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08 will be diverted between Chippenham and Trowbridge.
It will no longer call at Melksham.
It is being delayed between Chippenham and Trowbridge and is now expected to be 7 minutes late.
This is due to a fault with the signalling system.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 13, 2020, 07:24:13 am
06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08 will be diverted between Chippenham and Trowbridge.
It will no longer call at Melksham.
It is being delayed between Chippenham and Trowbridge and is now expected to be 7 minutes late.
This is due to a fault with the signalling system.

Yesterday ... I cycled back from Chippenham.  This morning, I am headed for Trowbridge on the bus ...   

I picked up tickets yesterday evening at Melksham Stations and met stranded passengers for the 18:55 to Swindon. Changes "last minute" all day, with no rail replacement alternatives provided or even offered when GWR were contacted.  Three problems - the flat should be fixed much quicker than this, a realistic estimate of when services will be back to normal should be provided, and customers should be provided with alternates / advice and not led to their own devices.  The rail industry has got this one VERY wrong.

In case you think of Melksham as an obscure little place ... must have been 10 people around the station between 19:00 and 19:15 when I was picking up tickets last night.  What was missing was any voice from the rail industry to help.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 13, 2020, 09:03:16 am
06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08 will be diverted between Chippenham and Trowbridge.
It will no longer call at Melksham.
It is being delayed between Chippenham and Trowbridge and is now expected to be 7 minutes late.
This is due to a fault with the signalling system.

Looks like it failed to make Southampton too ... since the return trip has started from Romsey again:

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08:23 Southampton Central to Great Malvern due 12:28
08:23 Southampton Central to Great Malvern due 12:28 will be started from Romsey.
It will no longer call at Southampton Central.
This is due to a fault with the signalling system.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on October 13, 2020, 04:08:48 pm
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17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17

17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17 will no longer call at Melksham.

This is due to a fault with the signalling system.

Additional Information
Passengers for Melksham are advised to alight at Chippenham where onward road transport will be arranged.

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18:39 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21

18:39 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21 will no longer call at Melksham.

This is due to a fault with the signalling system.

Additional Information
Passengers for Melksham are advised to travel to and alight at Chippenham, where onward road transport will be arranged.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 13, 2020, 05:28:17 pm
Well ... looks like the 20:45 ex Swindon is also cancelled at Melksham.  Just asked on Twitter ...

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Planning to catch the 20:45 Swindon to Melksham this evening but seeing many trains cancelled. Will the sone be running?  Thanks

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Hello, sorry for the delays. This service won't be stopping at Melksham due to a fault with the signalling system. Please speak to station staff - Celia

Heard some comment about a pilot man (sort of human single line token) being used while they fix things. What's gone wrong with that plan??


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: Lee on October 13, 2020, 05:31:04 pm
Well ... looks like the 20:45 ex Swindon is also cancelled at Melksham.  Just asked on Twitter ...

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Planning to catch the 20:45 Swindon to Melksham this evening but seeing many trains cancelled. Will the sone be running?  Thanks

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Hello, sorry for the delays. This service won't be stopping at Melksham due to a fault with the signalling system. Please speak to station staff - Celia


You'll be talking to yourself then, grahame  ;D


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 13, 2020, 05:44:03 pm
Well ... looks like the 20:45 ex Swindon is also cancelled at Melksham.  Just asked on Twitter ...

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Planning to catch the 20:45 Swindon to Melksham this evening but seeing many trains cancelled. Will the sone be running?  Thanks

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Hello, sorry for the delays. This service won't be stopping at Melksham due to a fault with the signalling system. Please speak to station staff - Celia


You'll be talking to yourself then, grahame  ;D

I think she means at a station before Melksham.   Still several hours from Swindon - perhaps I should have a chat at the station I next change at  ;D ;D


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 13, 2020, 09:35:14 pm
I think she means at a station before Melksham.   Still several hours from Swindon - perhaps I should have a chat at the station I next change at  ;D ;D

All sorted ... left Far Far Away as per plan ... home an hour earlier than plan.  Every cloud, etc;  story in the morning.  Watching Channel 4 at the moment.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 14, 2020, 07:54:45 am
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06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08
06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08 has been previously delayed but is now 2 minutes late from Salisbury.
This is due to a fault with the signalling system.

It's Wednesday ... if we can get away with no problems more major than this at Melksham, a huge sigh of relief, and it would be the first day since last Friday - best part of a week.   Over the weekend, engineering works and bus substitution were far from ideal but notified well in advance and passengers could plan around them and were provided with alternative journeys.  Then we had two days of further disruption as a result of the engineering works, unplanned ahead of time, passengers being ill informed as to what was going on and a real destroyer of confidence - undoing some of a very great deal of good work done over a very long period.

Things will occasionally go wrong, but passenger advice and information should be set up to handle such situations, not leave people abandoned and not knowing what to do, with one section of the rail industry blaming another ... and real data being hard to come by.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 14, 2020, 08:14:27 am
Stop Press - I'm sadly unconvinced that the problem has been fixed. An operational line handed over late last Friday to engineers for weekend work is still having problems.  From http://www.mrug.org.uk/record.html at 08:05 this morning, which uses data from GWR's feeds to the help point (broken / displaying nothing at the moment, but we have the URL).

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11:31   Westbury   On time   -
10:02   Swindon   On time   -
09:09   Westbury   On time   -
07:53   Swindon      a fault with the signalling system
07:21   Cheltenham Spa   07:26   --
06:36   Southampton Central      a fault with the signalling system
05:33   Swindon   05:38   --

I read that as two services diverted via Bathampton. Hard to tell without physically visiting the station, discouraged because of Covid at the moment while passengers are around or in the dark.  Real Time trains shows no call at Melksham at 06:36, and a train that lost time between Chippenham and Trowbridge, which is a clue too but only a clue as it could have taken time to pick up a pilotman or receive and follow "proceed with caution" direction.  But then .. no time shown at Melksham ...

"On Time" for 09:09, 10:02 and 11:31 may be ... an optimistic projection, a crystal ball with a fault in its bad news circuit, a dream ... or knowledge that the problem really is fixed or mitigated.  Information Systems that leave significant doubt and make what may be false 'promises' are counterproductive.  An honest "not known" would be better; "20% chance" or "70% chance" would be even better!


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on October 14, 2020, 01:43:56 pm
If it is not one thing it is another.

13:14 from Swindon to Westbury running 17 minutes late after a freight train briefly failed on the single line but managed to get going again.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 14, 2020, 01:51:32 pm
If it is not one thing it is another.

13:14 from Swindon to Westbury running 17 minutes late after a freight train briefly failed on the single line but managed to get going again.

Hmm ... I had just asked GWRHelp

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Thank you for your help last night. Am travelling MKM to SWI  mid afternoon, back on the 20:45.  Are these trains running today?

and they have told me in the last couple of minutes

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Hi there. The 20.45 service is scheduled to run as normal and there no delays on the route this afternoon - Josh


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 14, 2020, 03:29:43 pm
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17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17
17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17 will be diverted between Chippenham and Trowbridge.
It will no longer call at Melksham.
It will be delayed due to the diversion and is expected to be 7 minutes late.
This is due to a fault with the signalling system.
Additional Information
Rail replacement road transport has been requested for passengers travelling to/from Melksham.

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18:39 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21
18:39 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21 will be diverted between Trowbridge and Chippenham.
It will no longer call at Melksham.
It will be delayed due to the diversion and is expected to be 10 minutes late.
This is due to a fault with the signalling system.
Additional Information
Rail replacement road transport has been requested for passengers travelling to/from Melksham.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 14, 2020, 03:34:51 pm
From https://transwilts.org/2020/10/14/extensive-disruption-to-transwilts-services-october/

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Statement from Toby Elliot @ Network Rail ?
Firstly, I?m sorry that you and other TransWilts passengers have been delayed by this issue. On Saturday night (10th) a member of our drainage team was excavating near the railway line at Melksham and pulled up a signalling cable. Due to the force it was pulled up with, it not only snapped the cable in situ but also damaged the cabling along its entire six-mile length (running from Thingley Junction to Bradford Junction).
 
Our telecoms team have been out on site since Sunday finding the all the faults, and there have been many, and replacing the broken cabling with new. This has included digging a 400-metre-long trench to locate signalling cables near Melksham. Last night (13th) we completed the final replacement, but when we came to check the system there was no detection from one of the axel counters. The issue being that no phone signal is coming through to the piece of kit.
 
We are in the middle of rectifying this by two methods. Firstly, installing a temporary phone connection (via mobile phone signal) so that we can get the signalling restored as soon as possible. At the same time, we are replacing the cabling to the axle counter so there is a permanent fix. Both pieces of work should be done by 6pm tonight (14th), if not hopefully sooner (particularly the temporary fix).
 
I hope this helps explain the situation, and I am sorry for the delays and disruption it has caused. If you need any further clarification, please jet let me know.
 
Kind regards,


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on October 14, 2020, 04:57:27 pm
Tonight?s 18:39 now planned to run booked route and call at Melksham.

Edit: Same now applies to the 17:36.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: stuving on October 14, 2020, 05:28:18 pm
Stop Press - I'm sadly unconvinced that the problem has been fixed. An operational line handed over late last Friday to engineers for weekend work is still having problems.  From http://www.mrug.org.uk/record.html at 08:05 this morning, which uses data from GWR's feeds to the help point (broken / displaying nothing at the moment, but we have the URL).

Was that a wise thing to say? Tiger is currently offering just (only for Melksham!): " NoSemaAccess There is currently no train information available. Sorry for the inconvenience "

... but not for long, fortunately.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on October 17, 2020, 05:05:03 pm
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16:53 Westbury to Chippenham due 17:46

16:53 Westbury to Chippenham due 17:46 has been cancelled.

This is due to a problem currently under investigation.

This was a replacement bus.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on October 23, 2020, 07:25:58 am
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07:05 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 09:04

07:05 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 09:04 will be diverted between Chippenham and Gloucester.

It will no longer call at Swindon, Kemble, Stroud and Stonehouse.
It will be delayed at Gloucester.

This is due to a burst water main flooding the railway.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 26, 2020, 12:29:11 pm
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12:16 Westbury to Swindon due 13:01
12:16 Westbury to Swindon due 13:01 is being delayed at Westbury.
This is due to a problem currently under investigation.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 26, 2020, 01:07:49 pm
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13:14 Swindon to Westbury due 13:55
13:14 Swindon to Westbury due 13:55 will be starting late from Swindon.
This is due to train crew being delayed by service disruption.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: IndustryInsider on October 26, 2020, 01:24:11 pm
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13:14 Swindon to Westbury due 13:55
13:14 Swindon to Westbury due 13:55 will be starting late from Swindon.
This is due to train crew being delayed by service disruption.

Looks like it departed 1 minute early.   :-\


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 26, 2020, 01:45:50 pm
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13:14 Swindon to Westbury due 13:55
13:14 Swindon to Westbury due 13:55 will be starting late from Swindon.
This is due to train crew being delayed by service disruption.

Looks like it departed 1 minute early.   :-\

Indeed ... I am helping with a survey of traffic/people on Station Approach in Melksham and noted it calling on time.  Can't believe every delay you read online.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on October 28, 2020, 07:41:43 am
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07:05 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 09:04
Facilities on the 07:05 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 09:04.
Toilet facilities are not available.
This is due to a fault on this train


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: TaplowGreen on November 01, 2020, 08:07:11 am
Alterations to services between Chippenham and Trowbridge via Melksham
Due to engineering works not being finished on time between Swindon and Bristol Temple Meads all lines are blocked. Disruption is expected until 08:15 01/11.
Train services between Chippenham and Trowbridge via Melksham may be delayed or revised.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on November 01, 2020, 12:26:03 pm
The MRUG web site gathers data on trains calling at Melksham and each month I forward a review to the team at TransWilts - the intent being to assist with long term monitoring and learning and not to get involved in day to day issues.  October having some unusual features which I had hoped no longer happened, I am sharing here too.  10% cancellation is awful! and lack of feedback from the rail industry to the passengers is awful too.

A summary of OCTOBER train services that called (or were supposed to call) at Melksham

467 services scheduled
of which
93 were amended with good notice to buses (where "On time" reports are just assumptions)
37 were cancelled trains
14 were significantly late trains
49 were late trains by < 5 minutes
274 were trains on time

Only 274 of 467 train services ran as per the published timetable - though 93 of the 193 services that did not run were replaces by buses with good notice and that is acceptable / understandable. Which leaves exactly 100 serviced late or cancelled on the day. Just under half of those were just a few minutes late, but that still leaves over 50 services where passengers for Melksham, or waiting at Melksham, suffered significant problems.

Train running rate ? 337 out of 374 ? 90% (versus 98% being regarded as an acceptable worst case)
Train Passenger Performance Measure (ppm) - 86%

Cancellations average through the whole month at five times the minimum acceptable rate, spread across four separate incidents, with once incident lasting for three days It becomes very difficult to support and promote the service, and very tempting to escalate the reports and complaints to higher management with the request that they help local staff with a service fit for purpose by their own standards.

Through the long-lasting incident, where the line was not properly re-opened until the Thursday after engineering works were supposed to be completed on the Sunday, we were being mislead by official feeds such as JourneyCheck that "disruption would be until X time" which was usually just a few hours away. Either this was a repeated over-optimism on the part of the people reporting the issue, or a cynical decision to string the customers along and not admit the extent of the problems.

The events were extraordinary, and Network Rail sent a letter of explanation to the TransWilts CRP who briefly put it on their website, but then withdrew it leaving a broken "404" link.  I regret not copying and pasting the text when I first saw it. when challenged, they explained "We thought it best to remove the post as it was agreed it breached confidentiality with NR.". The lack of any explanation to customers seriously disrupted, and the clubbing together of Network Rail and TransWilts to suppress any explanation, suggests a level of disregard for the travelling passenger bordering on contempt.  I attended the GWR Stakeholder meeting that Friday, at which the Network Rail representative asked attendees to get in touch with him with any matters arising, and I did to shortly thereafter; he acknowledged and passed on the issue, said I would hear from [name redacted] but I have not done so. A request to TransWilts for a copy or summary for customers who were put out for the best part of a week has not been answered apart from the comment above either.

The lack of all but a handful of trains from the end of service on Friday to the start the following Thursday, with the majority of changes being short notice cancellations, will fade from memory, but I think that the rail industry really needs to remember that it's a customer-serving industry and look after customers, treating them with care, respect and honesty if it's looking to come out of the current times strong and well supported.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on November 01, 2020, 12:32:22 pm
Alterations to services between Chippenham and Trowbridge via Melksham
Due to engineering works not being finished on time between Swindon and Bristol Temple Meads all lines are blocked. Disruption is expected until 08:15 01/11.
Train services between Chippenham and Trowbridge via Melksham may be delayed or revised.

08:37 at Melksham eventually ran at 09:00 but only to Chippenham.  8 waiting for train on the platform.

09:37 at Melksham (presumably from Chippenham) was on time. 11 waiting for the train.

I was down there doing light gardening as previous agreed with GWR where I was well clear of passengers.   I did hear the help point suggesting at one point that passengers for the 08:37 wait for the 11:00 ...

Interesting, isn't it  - "Disruption is expected until 08:15" and yet once again disruption seems to have carried on for some time after that ...


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on November 01, 2020, 01:51:22 pm
The return service did indeed start from Chippenham.

One other thing to note. With the service TO Swindon being terminated at Chippenham there is a train from Weston-super-Mare at 09:26 from Chippenham which would get people to Swindon at 09:38. Not too bad for the shop workers who normally use that first TransWilts train on a Sunday.  However today it was delayed at Bristol Temple Meads and was 34 minutes late.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on November 01, 2020, 04:24:37 pm
The return service did indeed start from Chippenham.

One other thing to note. With the service TO Swindon being terminated at Chippenham there is a train from Weston-super-Mare at 09:26 from Chippenham which would get people to Swindon at 09:38. Not too bad for the shop workers who normally use that first TransWilts train on a Sunday.  However today it was delayed at Bristol Temple Meads and was 34 minutes late.

Good connection FROM Swindon if people were there 10 minutes early ... changing at Chippenham.  I pity Melksham to Gloucester passengers (yes, there were) who would have missed their connection at Swindon.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on November 02, 2020, 05:51:24 am
Working as it should this morning  ;D ;D ... 05:33 Melksham to Swindon on time, with five people joining the train - 2 arrived at the station on door, 2 on cycles which they took on the train, and one was dropped off.  Four out of the five are regular users, and all but one of them expect to carry on travelling to work by train even over the next month as their roles cannot be performed from home.  An element of doubt in a couple of cases depending on employer's business decisions.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on November 08, 2020, 01:54:33 pm
The 13:41 Swindon to Weymouth has been delayed at Swindon by nine minutes while a plan is formulated to get it past a failed freight train near Frome.

Three West of England services have been reversed at Westbury and sent via Bristol but that option isn't available to get to Weymouth.

Suspect there will be some form of single line working to get the Weymouth service to Castle Cary.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bradshaw on November 08, 2020, 03:03:57 pm
it seems that the Tackley to Fairwater Yard service has failed on the Westbury Avoider. Traksy showed that some trains are diverting via Westbury itself. The Swindon Westbury is 17 late passing Bruton.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on November 08, 2020, 03:15:46 pm
It failed just before Frome but was top and tailed and so managed to go back wrong road to the avoider to clear the line.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on November 13, 2020, 09:53:03 am
I understand the 07:05 from Westbury to Cheltenham Spa this morning was diverted via Bathampton Junction (thus missing Melksham) because of a struggling freight train on the single line.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on November 13, 2020, 10:14:38 am
I understand the 07:05 from Westbury to Cheltenham Spa this morning was diverted via Bathampton Junction (thus missing Melksham) because of a struggling freight train on the single line.

Many thanks for flagging that, Bob.   It did make it to the automated log ( http://www.mrug.org.uk/record.html ) as follows, so the feedback from MRUG to TransWilts at the end of the month WILL have it noted as a Melksham cancellation, but good to have the background confirmed rather that looking back and wondering

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10:02   Swindon   On time   -
09:09   Westbury   On time   -
07:53   Swindon   On time   -
07:21   Cheltenham Spa      a broken down train
06:36   Southampton Central   On time   -
05:33   Swindon   On time   -


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on November 14, 2020, 09:14:09 am
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08:35 Westbury to Swindon due 09:24
08:35 Westbury to Swindon due 09:24 has been delayed at Westbury and is now 8 minutes late.
This is due to this train being late from the depot.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on November 14, 2020, 07:22:06 pm

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21:07 Swindon to Westbury due 21:49

21:07 Swindon to Westbury due 21:49 will be starting late from Swindon.
This is due to heavy rain flooding the railway earlier today.
Further Information


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: bobm on November 15, 2020, 11:15:44 am
In the end it left on time.

Signalling problems at Swindon this morning but resolved before the first train of day from Warminster/Westbury.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on November 15, 2020, 12:18:27 pm
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11:41 Swindon to Westbury due 12:21
11:41 Swindon to Westbury due 12:21 will no longer call at Chippenham.
It is being delayed at Melksham.
This is due to the emergency services dealing with an incident.


Title: Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log
Post by: grahame on November 16, 2020, 07:43:40 am
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07:05 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 09:04
Facilities on the 07:05 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 09:04.
This is due to engineering works not being finished on time.
Will be formed of 2 coaches instead of 3.

That will be ... interesting.  At the moment, that train probably picks up more people at Swindon than any other train on the timetable - a major flow to Stroud which - because schools are not in lockdown - is still there.



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