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1  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Class 387 coming to Thames Valley - ongoing discussion on: Yesterday at 10:20:31 AM
Thatís why youíre getting Crossrail.  Wonít be long before Maidenhead is a London suburb!
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: Yesterday at 10:19:03 AM
I'm not sure that there are floor sensors.  Isn't there an overhead sensor just above the door?   I tested and it seemed to me that arm-waving had the effect of opening the door.

Could be - not button operated though which has been the norm for new fleets recently.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: Yesterday at 04:54:36 AM
Returning (15:45) was full so had to stand (with two others in the (small) vestibule until Reading.  The slightest movement triggered the automatic doors so I had to keep really still.  Got a seat then.

I think I said in my review a couple of months ago that I was surprised floor sensors had been fitted for that very reason.  One of the big faults with the HST Mk IIIís is when somebody is constantly activating the doors when stood in the vestibule, especially (as is often the case) if they are taking a mobile phone call, or chatting to a friend at what they think is an appropriate level due to the noise in the vestibule, but of course itís not for anyone sat in the saloon area!

Itís a much less intrusive problem on IETís though as the vestibule area is almost as quiet as the saloon area and the doors open almost silently compared with a huge Ďwhooshí on many of the Mk III doors.
4  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Class 387 coming to Thames Valley - ongoing discussion on: January 18, 2018, 09:40:40 PM
..............let's hope they can get through.............

They did, with a 7 and 12 minute delay respectively. Too early to be sure, and still not good enough, but availability does seem to be improving day on day.
5  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Class 387 coming to Thames Valley - ongoing discussion on: January 18, 2018, 05:30:33 PM
Iím sure something will happen last minute, and I know the 17:18 PAD-OXF semi-fast Turbo was cancelled, but it looks like (for the first time?) both the 17:49 and 18:19 PAD-DID semi-fasts will actually be formed of the scheduled 12 carriages tonight.
6  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Class 387 coming to Thames Valley - ongoing discussion on: January 17, 2018, 09:58:43 PM
Iím not sure what percentage of these are actual faults, and what part driver familiarisation plays in them.  I know many drivers either had never coupled/uncoupled a train in service having perhaps done it a couple of timeís many months before on the depot, so not surprising to me that there are issues.

Not in all cases on obviously, but the haphazard training programme is perhaps revealing itself now, more than the unreliablility of the 387s.  Identical new build trains seem to be performing fine on the Gatwick Express sector of Southern for example - their drivers would have been very used to driving similar types of train.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: GWR Performance Figures on: January 17, 2018, 07:33:46 PM
Good question, Phantom.

I believe ĎBristol Suburbaní covers services over the following routes:

Bristol to Avonmouth/Severn Beach
Weston SM to Bristol TM/Bristol Parkway
Cardiff to Taunton
Weymouth/Brighton/Westbury via Bristol to Gloucester/Worcester/Malvern

Happy to be corrected on that score though.

There is certainly inconsistencies over what is what though - if you have a season from Bath Spa to Bristol you could travel on services that come under Bristol Suburban, HSS or Wales to South Coast, so if anybody could clarify what happens in those circumstances itíd good to know.

Similarly what happens if you had a Chippenham to Avonmouth season ticket?
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: January 16, 2018, 08:28:16 PM
Track defect leading to a 20mph speed restriction on the up main.
9  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Delays to services between Bourne End and Marlow on: January 16, 2018, 08:26:41 PM
Fight between passengers at Marlow.  Driver and guard taken off to give witness statements to police.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: GWR Performance Figures on: January 16, 2018, 03:00:52 PM
Latest period results are in, and again make sober reading for GWR.

Bristol Suburban reliability hit the trigger point, and is already triggering punctuality, so that's 10% off season renewals.  The other one teetering on the edge last month was Wales to South Coast punctuality and that also is now triggering, so a 5% discount.

The punctuality for HSS and LTV was very poor again, HSS Peak PPM dropped below 80% to 79.5% and LTV recorded a pitiful 65.8% - not surprisingly that dragged the Moving Annual Average (MAA) down too.  See the graphs attached for an indication of how comparatively bad that was.  I've had to alter the axis of the LTV graph so that 65.8% is showing!

All-day Right Time and PPM figures were also very low, with less than 30% of HSS trains arriving at their destination on time as the crisis deepens within GWR.

I don't use the word 'crisis' lightly, and to see just how things have gotten worse, check out the last of the three graphs, which shows the MAA figures at the end of the year (so in effect, an annual performance average) of the Charter PPM figures for each of the sectors.  Aside from Plymouth & Cornwall, all sectors took a tumble, HSS by -1.6%, LTV -2.8%, Bristol -3.7%, Devon -1.2%, and Wales to South Coast -3.6%.

GWR needs to get its act together.  And fast!
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of rolling stock since September 2017 - ongoing problems, and subsequent discussion on: January 15, 2018, 10:27:28 PM
I tell you what, Stuving.  When you look into something, nobody could ever accuse you of not being thorough!  Wink
12  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Cotswold Line - 2018 cancellation and amendments log on: January 15, 2018, 11:14:35 AM
All six were supposed to be IET operated again but no trained drivers available, though the Shrub Hill to Foregate Street cancellation is comparatively minor of course.
13  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Class 387 coming to Thames Valley - ongoing discussion on: January 14, 2018, 05:43:56 PM
And if you were to schedule that Henley train a few minutes earlier, other Henley trains before it would also need retiming earlier, which would worsen the previous connection which at 7 minutes is currently a very good one.  That said, there would be fewer people travelling earlier, so if that fast from Twyford was to be extended beyond a 3-car Turbo, or the calling patterns are changed so that it started at Reading rather than Newbury so it wasn't as full when it gets to Twyford it might be a sensible change to make.  But if you do that, then you'd anger the good folk of Newbury, Thatcham and Theale unless you tinkered around elsewhere which of course might have a knock-on effect to somebody else.  You do indeed need to be a genius at GWR timetable planning to please everybody.

Mark Hopwood has said that fine tuning of the new timetable will be needed to optimise it.  There is no douby many people have seen big improvements to their commute, but it's clear some routes and times of day are still very poor. It will be interesting to see what is done in the interim before the Elizabeth Line kicks in properly next year, give the ineffective way the company is currently being run.  I am also very interested to see how Twyford, Maidenhead and Slough commuters are catered for post Elizabeth Line.
14  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Cotswold Line - 2018 cancellation and amendments log on: January 14, 2018, 05:15:34 PM
Same reason as previous Sundayís it seems.  Worcesterís new depot unable to cover their allocated turns, and Oxford (the obvious alternative) not signing IETís yet, hence a scramble for a Turbo or nothing at all.
15  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Cotswold Line - 2018 cancellation and amendments log on: January 14, 2018, 04:01:34 PM
They were never designed for those runs either really, but for high speed limited stop trips between London and large cities on the east and west coast lines.  And over 40 years ago.
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