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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: GWR Performance Figures on: January 18, 2019, 10:38:18 pm
Thanks Ray does that mean that people with continuous season tickets are actually paying less year on year?

I remember a period at the end of Thanes Trains  and the changeover First ? taking over when for several years I paid lees each year for my annual season ticket around 2% rise and 5% discount.

Never seems to get mentioned in reporting.

My ticket despite the 5% or 10% has nearly always cost me more. I wished I was better at maths to understand why.
2  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: Transport secretary - on subjects beyond transport on: January 15, 2019, 06:41:20 pm
I wouldn't want too much politics if only because its one way to start an argument. Oh no it isn't....

I do, however, find these 'asides' on the Transport Minister interesting as it helps sets their views in a wider context. Chris Grayling from what I know of him is very dogmatic in his politics and free market focused and I could see that influencing policy on Transport or where he'd like to take it.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Smartcards - can't transfer paper ticket on: January 11, 2019, 02:18:05 pm
There's not a great deal of information on the page is there?

I think someone else asked earlier but can I replace my Annual Twyford > All Zones cards with it or will it only work for fixed journeys e.g. Twyford to West Drayton?

Edit: There's a lot more if you actually scroll down. doh!!
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: January 11, 2019, 08:14:37 am
Same train short formed again this morning. 4 carriages so probably quite cosy even on a Friday.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: January 07, 2019, 11:31:11 am
Broken train at Twyford this morning about 9ish. Apparently due to malfunctioning cameras.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Void day eligibility on: January 03, 2019, 02:05:10 pm
Sounds like a company that thinks about its customers.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Void day eligibility on: January 03, 2019, 08:47:18 am
I had a similar discussion at Twyford earlier in the year. Its Thames Valley although I did get the Underground element which surprised me.

More frustrating was when I went to claim the October (I think) void day the person in the ticket office insisting I couldn't have cash. Having insisted that I could there then followed lots of sighing and flicking through folders and more sighs.

As ChrisB points out the main reason for doing this is to avoid taking you over into the price increase dates or for a weekend which not everyone would benefit from.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Turbos - cascade and refurbishment - (Four across now!?) on: December 10, 2018, 08:59:23 am
 The chopping and changing means I get confused by whether First Class is declassified or not. It appears a bit random. On the train this morning people were standing rather than sit in the first class area mainly based on the presence of antimacassars.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: New GWR Timetable on: December 05, 2018, 01:03:32 pm
I'm obviously being a bit dim and been looking at the webpage for too long but I couldn't see Twyford to London trains. Which timetable should I be looking at?
10  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: January Rail Fare Increase 3.1% on: December 01, 2018, 02:36:35 pm
Ticket office closed so couldn't renew despite it being 3 hours before the published closing time. This now means a very public argument at 6.30am on Monday when the initial response will be to ask me to come back later.

On a wider point I still find it amazing how poor GWR's season ticket process is for something that must be a large part of their income in some areas at least. I can only renew at my 'home' station or lose my discount and last year much of the process involved writing down in ring-binders.

I know much of our ire is on the track infrastructure and trains but the back office stuff which I assume is fully under GWR's control could do with some improvement as well. I'm guessing that with a regular income stream and guaranteed annual rises they're not feeling much incentive?
11  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: January Rail Fare Increase 3.1% on: November 30, 2018, 11:27:07 am

I'm actually off to renew mine tomorrow (assuming the ticket office is open and its not the particular customer service person who does all they can to persuade you to come back later).

Hopefully the 10% discount means its only slightly above 4K but I'm still not really noticing the improvements referred to each year.
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Bumper picture quiz - November 2018. on: November 11, 2018, 12:28:33 am
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13  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: Carmarthen to Aberystwyth railway on: November 10, 2018, 01:30:12 am
Having lived in Aberystwyth and worked in Pembroke at the same time this would have been great rather than the very long bus trip with changes.

Apart from my personal requirements from 30 years ago though I think the proposal does raise some valid questions about North/South transport. As Red Squirrel mentions transport links to Cardiff are poor from the rest of Wales so there's maybe a political argument for it.

At the moment anyone from North and Central Wales has to take the very long route round. And while the population of Aberystwyth is low it is a university town with a lot of students from Cardiff/Swansea as well as tourist trade and the rail line could open it up a lot more.

I think the business case would need to be more about the wider social impact rather than the headline number of passengers.

14  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Millennial 26-30 railcard to launch nationwide on: October 27, 2018, 05:57:25 pm
At my employer we currently have positive/affirmative policies for BAME, LGBT, Women, Disabled/assistive needs and Under 30s.

I've had some interesting discussions with colleagues about the impact of these policies and most (not just the white, straight, middle aged males) felt that better support, training and leadership generally would mean less need for these types of affirmative action.

It does feel a bit like the the railways where perhaps if there was a simpler, cheaper fair structure we wouldn't need all these different cards and tickets.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: GWR to start charging for posting rail tickets on: October 26, 2018, 04:38:11 pm
Virgin East Coast always had free postage although I haven't ordered from the new company yet to see if that carried over (and the Nectar points).

Trainline did always annoy me with the postage costs and also the bit at the end trying to get me to sign up for 'discounts' for a monthly charge.
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