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1  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Exeter -Waterloo total lack of information on National Rail and GWR on: May 11, 2021, 21:48:01
The current SWR» (South Western Railway - about) WofEL (Also used on the forum for "West of England Line") timetable and service provision are the result of agreement between SWR and the government for a robust service during lockdown. It was always the plan to revert to a more normal service once restrictions eased. It made sense to ally the changes back to a more normal service both with the usual May timetable change, and the government's Covid road map.

It is a shame though that the railway as a whole is no longer able to react to a major problem such as a fleet 'grounding' with quick action plans for alternative routes and stock. There's enough 158/159 stock in the west and south west to provide direct hourly services between Devon (even Cornwall at a push) and London via Salisbury. A little bit of ambitious thinking, some coordination between SWR & GWR (Great Western Railway) (they have the same parent after all) and I'm sure something could have already been put into place for services between London and the south-west.

The problem is that operators don't work together well enough, and in many cases are directly prevented from doing so by government.

Raises the age old question again - what's the point of franchising?

Could I just please ask what "WofEL" stands for? Smiley

2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Problems with IET trains from April 2021 on: May 01, 2021, 23:06:37
But presumably Hitachi specified or supplied the trolleys ? They have an Hitachi asset number affixed, or did when I last looked.

I'm not sure they did. Both the MARA (Master Availability and Reliability Agreement) and TARA (Train Availability and Reliability Agreement) as published (dated 2014) include "Level 4 catering trolley" in their definition of terms under catering equipment, but neither mentions therm in the text. At that stage (after Agility was given a contract, but before the interior design was fixed) "trolley storage facilities" was listed as one of the subjects to be dealt with by "consultation with the user population" under "progressive design assurance".

It looks as if it became clear later on that the trolleys could only be sensibly kept with the trains in the depots, so were best maintained by the TSP (Train Service Provider) (Agility). The way the contracts are set up that means the TSP has to own them, but not necessarily decide their specification. However, they don't appear on the (very long) list of spares to be held by the TSP, so I assume this was a late change and covered by a contract change not in the public version.

Before VickiS has reads this and has a coronary, MARA stands for "Master Availability and Reliability Agreement", TARA stands for "Train Availability and Reliability Agreement" and TSP stands for "Train Service Provider"

Hope that clarifies things more than my Marsh Barton post did...although I must give them bonus points for the use of "consultation with the user population" under "progressive design assurance" - Outstanding!

Thank you very much Lee for that explenation! Much Apprechiated! Cheesy
3  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Article - "A better future for transport after the pandemic?" on: April 18, 2021, 10:52:47
Thank you for that clarification Lee!
I apprechiate the help!

4  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Article - "A better future for transport after the pandemic?" on: April 17, 2021, 18:52:52
Hi! Just a quick pop in to check, is there any meaning for these two acronyms?
ECTS pensioners scheme (Obviously meaning the ECTS?)
and NSAR» (National Skills Academy for Rail - website) ? Smiley
I apprechiate any help with this Smiley
/ VickiS
5  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Re: Old underground posters on: April 10, 2021, 15:17:56
Thank you very much!
6  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Re: Old underground posters on: April 09, 2021, 08:33:19
I absolutely love this one too! Thank you for sharing this one! Cheesy
7  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Oldfield Park to Melksham in pictures - a good Good Friday on: April 05, 2021, 09:28:56
Thank you for these fantastic photos!
Makes it a little less painful not being able to go over to the UK (United Kingdom) and see it for myself!
Looks like great days out.
8  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Stuck in a train overnight. on: March 22, 2021, 08:34:58
I fully agree with this!
9  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: A Welcome to VickiS as Data Super-Manager on: March 15, 2021, 10:53:00
Thank you TonyK!
I find this page very interesting and fascinating, but yes, some of it gets confusing without knowing the meaning of the abbreviations and acronyms. I hope I'll be of some use on that front! Have a good day!
10  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: A Welcome to VickiS as Data Super-Manager on: March 13, 2021, 09:40:13
Thank you very much Rogerw!

I have indeed! Wiltshire is my second home and before COVID-19 I generally visited 4-5 times a year, which I hope to be able to continue once this horrendeous virus leaves us. I have travelled with public transport a bit all over the UK (United Kingdom), however nowhere near as much as I would have liked yet. Much yet to explore!
11  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: A Welcome to VickiS as Data Super-Manager on: March 13, 2021, 07:49:52
Hi everyone!

Thank you Graham for that lovely introduction and welcome to the team. 
Just as you say, I´ll be starting today with clarifying acronyms and abbreviations in posts and comments (thanks for the hint about CCIF (Customer and Communities Improvement Fund) by the way!).
I´ll leave a little edit comment so you all know who´s done it, and who to turn to if there would be any issues or misunderstanding in the text, (me being Swedish and all!).

Have a great day and please keep safe out there!

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