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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 01, 2018, 08:17:36 am
Delays now up to 20 minutes.
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: September 28, 2018, 04:02:34 pm
Due to a fault with the signalling system at London Paddington fewer trains are able to run on some lines.
Impact: Train services running to and from this station may be delayed by up to 10 minutes. Disruption is expected until 17:30 28/09.

Due to a fault with the signalling system between Ealing Broadway and Slough trains have to run at reduced speed on some lines towards Reading.
Impact: Train services running through these stations may be delayed by up to 15 minutes or revised. Disruption is expected until 16:45 28/09.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: September 25, 2018, 06:44:47 pm
Due to a points failure at Oxford some lines are blocked.
Impact:
Train services running through this station may be delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until 19:30 25/09.

Following a points failure between Newbury and Reading the line towards Reading is now open.
Impact:
Train services running through these stations are returning to normal but some services may still be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until 19:30 25/09.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: September 21, 2018, 07:42:28 am
Due to a fault with the signalling system between Swindon and Didcot Parkway all lines are blocked.
Impact:
Train services running through these stations may be delayed by up to 60 minutes or diverted. Disruption is expected until 09:00 21/09.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: September 20, 2018, 07:31:19 am
A fault with barriers at a level crossing in the Thatcham area is causing disruption to trains between Newbury and Reading.

As a result, services may be delayed by up to 30 minutes.

We anticipate that this will continue until 08:00.
6  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Should TOC improve its first class offering to subsidise standard class fares? on: September 06, 2018, 11:19:18 am
As another non-expensed and long-term first class season ticket holder I would agree with every point that Oxenhutch so eloquently made about the HST vs. IET experience over the past decade.
With the present situation of regular short formed services in the evening peak I'm grateful to even see a trolley between Paddington and Reading. I will proactively select a HST over an IET if the choice is available.

My comparable experience using East Coast extensively between 2012 - 2016 was of a much superior first class offering in all areas, from quality of catering to speed of service to comfort.
7  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / 30/08/2018 - Emergency services dealing with an incident on: August 30, 2018, 08:53:59 am
Due to the emergency services dealing with an incident between Didcot Parkway and Oxford all lines are closed.
Impact: Train services running through these stations may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until 10:15 30/08.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: August 29, 2018, 04:31:46 pm
Following a fault with the signalling system between Swindon and Didcot Parkway all lines towards Didcot Parkway have now reopened. Disruption is expected until 17:30 29/08.
Impact: Train services between Swindon and Didcot Parkway are returning to normal but some services may still be delayed by up to 25 minutes.

Due to a fire on a train at Pangbourne some lines towards Didcot Parkway are blocked. Disruption is expected until 18:30 29/08.
Impact: Train services between Reading and Didcot Parkway may be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes.
9  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Irritating signalling decision on: August 23, 2018, 03:14:45 pm
Ah, well spotted. We're all second class to freight Smiley
10  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Irritating signalling decision on: August 23, 2018, 02:28:58 pm
Normally 2K23 comes through from Newbury, the points switch to let 2J06 up from Basingstoke, then they switch back again for 1A70 which rolls into Reading West to pickup all the people who just got off.
2J06 does go into P2 at Reading.
11  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Irritating signalling decision on: August 23, 2018, 09:29:34 am
On-time 2J06 Basingstoke to Reading was held before Southcote junction giving priority to the early running 1A70.
1A70 stops at Reading West and normally a large number of people will transfer from 2J06 to it for a connection into Paddington.
Instead 2J06 had to sit on a red signal whilst 1A70 dwelt at Reading West until it's scheduled departure time.

2J06 comes into Reading 5 late and then a 10 minute wait until the next transfer to Paddington. Which was a 5 car IET.
Not impressed.
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: August 23, 2018, 09:18:31 am
I was due to get on a 2x5 IET the other day and before arrival it was announced that first class was in coaches 1,2, 6 & 7

I've not seen that kind of announcement yet.
I have noticed that on HST and both 9 and 5 car IET first class is now advertised as being in the front/rear two coaches rather than before when it was simply at the front/rear.
This is technically correct but somewhat misleading as it's 1.5 coaches on a 9 car IET or HST and 2 * 0.5 coaches separated by a slalom corridor on 5 car sets. I've overhead mutterings about the 'amount' of first class based upon the signage.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Posting habits reflecting change in attitude to GWR performance? on: July 25, 2018, 08:08:55 am
as our members become less satisfied, our posts increase and as satisfaction increases, so posts decrease.

I work in IT, and that has always been a 'no news is good news' kind of industry.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: July 23, 2018, 03:55:04 pm
Indeed:

Due to a speed restriction because of high track temperatures at Oxford trains have to run at reduced speed on all lines.
Impact: Train services running through this station may be delayed by up to 15 minutes. Disruption is expected until 18:00 23/07.
15  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture - related rail, public and other transport issues / Re: Safe use of stations on: July 23, 2018, 11:03:30 am
I saw some muppet at my local station last week who had the back wheel of his bike hanging over the platform edge so he could rest the pedal on the platform edge and straighten his handlebars with his back to the track.
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