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1  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: South Western Railways Waterloo - Bristol services axed on: Yesterday at 09:25:48 pm
I was browsing through the West Dorset WATAG minutes of their meeting 23rd September. The report on rail services suggests that the units saved by the withdrawal of the Bristol services and Yeovil shorts will be mothballed and not, as claimed, used to strengthen services to Exeter.
https://transportactiongroup.files.wordpress.com/2021/10/115-sept21.pdf

Why am I not surprised............................?
2  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: South Western Railways Waterloo - Bristol services axed on: October 17, 2021, 03:22:49 pm
https://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/19652204.mp-calls-rail-service-cuts-plan-reversed/

Also the front page lead story in this week's Warminster Journal.
3  Journey by Journey / London to the West / 648Y on: October 14, 2021, 06:52:50 pm
Another 4400 tons of Somerset heading East this afternoon !! The loco sounded to be working very hard. (Photo taken from Westbury White Horse.)


4  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Southern to re-furbish some of its trains on: October 12, 2021, 01:52:55 pm
The BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) lunchtime Points West report said that these trains would operate "through Somerset and into Temple Meads"  Huh
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Red Squirrel - 11 Oct 2021 on: October 12, 2021, 10:39:38 am
K & ESR (Emergency Speed Restriction )  ??
6  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Templecombe Signal Box. Should it be listed? on: October 11, 2021, 08:42:53 am
7  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: South Western Railways Waterloo - Bristol services axed on: October 10, 2021, 08:48:58 am

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My name is Claire Mann and I am the Managing Director of South Western Railway. I am responding as the matters you raise largely concern our proposed December 2022 timetable.
 
We recognise that services currently from Bradford-upon-Avon to London Waterloo via Salisbury do not match the timetable from before the COVID 19 pandemic, and It is correct that  we are withdrawing direct Bradford on Avon to London Waterloo services from December 2021.
 
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, SWR» (South Western Railway - about) – like all train operators – have been supported by the Government and taxpayers to keep services running for key workers. As a result, we  recognise that we need to run a service that efficiently meets customer demand, which remains well below pre-pandemic levels.
 
In line with this, we have sought to identify areas of duplication across the network where the removal of services would reduce the burden on the taxpayer, while not having a significant  effect on services for commuters or school flows. Given the volume of services operated between Salisbury and Bristol by GWR (Great Western Railway) and the large proportion of leisure travel on the SWR services, we are confident the withdrawal of our services between will not materially  impact key flows of commuter or school traffic and agreed with the Department for Transport to realise the cost savings as soon as possible.
 
In the longer term, many connections from the Bristol direction will improve from December 2022, when we propose to reinstate the two through trains per hour between Salisbury and  London Waterloo. We will also work with Great Western Railway to improve the connections at Salisbury further wherever possible as part of development of the December 22 timetable.
 
I hope this clarifies the matters raised in your email to Matthew Gregory. Please do let us know if you have any further questions or comments on the proposed December 2022 timetable.

Typical meaningless corporate verbiage ....................what did Greta say ? "Blah, blah, blah ......."
8  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: South Western Railways Waterloo - Bristol services axed on: October 09, 2021, 10:05:36 pm
One has to wonder what will happen with the fares structure to London. At the moment from WMN» (Warminster - next trains):Railcard Advance singles - a date picked at random.
 
0748 to WAT with SWR» (South Western Railway - about): £14.75 Std, £24.35 1st. Direct.
0738 to PAD» (Paddington (London) - next trains) with GWR (Great Western Railway): £26.90 Std, £58.05 1st. Via WSB» (Westbury - next trains).
If you are feeling really adventurous you can go "hybrid" to PAD (d 0748) with both GWR & SWR and go via BSK (Brake Standard Corridor (carriage)) & RDG(resolve) for £34.80 Std or £104.05 1st.
9  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Passengers "mutiny"....... on: October 04, 2021, 08:43:44 am
Today's Telegraph:

10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: September 28, 2021, 10:53:39 am
Should this be in the "Named Trains" thread ??

Well it shouldn’t be in the ‘Shortage of Train Crew’ thread.

It should if it was meant to be a 10 car train..............
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: September 28, 2021, 08:36:21 am
Today's Telegraph:  (Should this be in the "Named Trains" thread ??)

12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Storing petrol on: September 26, 2021, 06:22:01 pm
Agree, I avoid hoarding or panic buying since others may thereby be deprived, and panic buying can be more expensive or entail more trouble than ordinary purchasing.

I do purchase prudent stocks, at ordinary prices, long before any panic or crisis.


Yes, of course we believe you   Wink Wink  (Do you have a red car ??)

13  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: SWR promoting issue of own senior railcards WHY? on: September 25, 2021, 02:23:04 pm
Is their any point considering we already have a National scheme

https://www.southwesternrailway.com/train-tickets/senior-savers

It gives a 66% discount on BRI» (Bristol Temple Meads - next trains) to WAT tickets after Jan 1 2022...........................
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Notable Platforms on: September 22, 2021, 09:11:15 pm
I hear there is a lot of "no platforms" at our universities now !
15  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: South Western Railways Waterloo - Bristol services axed on: September 21, 2021, 01:40:38 pm
Daughter sent me this - taken from 1148 WMN» (Warminster - next trains) to WAT......presumably at Salisbury.

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