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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of rolling stock since September 2017 - ongoing problems, and subsequent discussion on: Today at 11:42:58 am
A couple from JourneyCheck today:

11:00 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington due 12:37
Facilities on the 11:00 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington due 12:37.
This is due to a fault on this train.
This train will now be formed of the usual number of coaches
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08:41 Gloucester to Weymouth due 12:09
Facilities on the 08:41 Gloucester to Weymouth due 12:09.
This is due to a fault on this train.
Will be formed of 4 coaches instead of 3.


With these correct and extended formations you are really spoiling us, GWR! Undecided

2  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Fare basket to increase by 3% on: Today at 11:30:07 am
The January 2019 regulated fares price rise will be 3.2%.

Barring any political intervention...
3  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Fare basket to increase by 3% on: Today at 05:34:50 am
Shameless but quite canny of Chris Grayling.

It is within his purview to change the fares rise percentage for regulated fares. Its his department that regulates them.

To mention rail staff pay deals in the same breath puts into the mind of passengers that it is those (very generous compared to other industries) annual pay increases that are driving up fares.

Of course, one can be cut without the other. But is Chris Grayling spoiling for a fight with the rail unions?

I can see him saying that he tried to cut the fares increase but was prevented from doing so by the unions.
4  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Heart of Wessex - not a clever Sunday or Monday start on: Yesterday at 12:59:49 pm
Does the 6 hours and 20 minutes break between drives count toward the drivers hours? Just one shift with a very long paid break between drives?
5  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: West services at and from Westbury on: Yesterday at 12:45:05 pm
Is the last one Melksham?  Tongue
6  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: How long should it take to clear a failed train off a running line? on: Yesterday at 09:28:56 am
And another failure.

2D02 0600 Exeter St Davids - Bristol Parkway failed between Tiverton Parkway and Taunton. Driver reported two of the three engines being out of fuel. Third engine stalled climbing up to Whiteball summit.

Rescue set sent from Bristol but the driver of it doesn't sign beyond Taunton. Freight driver was available at Taunton to pilot but this wasn't authorised by GWR.

A driver was finally sourced and the rescue set coupled to 2D02 and brought it into Taunton 134 minutes late.

Knock on delays across the morning peak. A couple GWR services were sent via Yeovil. Many others, including CrossCountry were cancelled or started/terminated short.

Now, breakdowns happen, but to run out of fuel on a trains first passenger service of the day is a preventable failing. Its somewhat baffling that a train can be put into service with insufficient fuel.
7  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Heart of Wessex - not a clever Sunday or Monday start on: August 13, 2018, 11:19:50 pm

No, it's a through turn of duty.

What does that mean in the particular example of the the late drive into Weymouth?
8  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Fare basket to increase by 3% on: August 13, 2018, 11:15:54 pm
There's no general election on the horizon* so it's doubtful HMG will freeze fares rises or lower the percentage.



*Unless the government falls over Brexit. Which isn't in the realms of fantasy.
9  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Heart of Wessex - not a clever Sunday or Monday start on: August 13, 2018, 10:06:27 pm
Is hotel accommodation provided for the driver coming in on the late arrival into Weymouth? Not a lot of time to sleep to be back at the station in time to take the 5.33 departure surely.

They wouldn't be driving the 0533. 'Hidden' rules stipulate anyone doing safety critical work must have a 12 hour gap between shifts.

No idea on the lodging arrangements or whether the late arrival driver is taxied home.
10  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Boardmasters, 2018 on: August 13, 2018, 09:50:27 pm
Did the Boardmasters event pass without major incident this year?  If so, well done GWR for providing a suitable enhanced service.

Well, unrelated to the transport provision, there was another serious sexual assault at the event this year.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-45168559
11  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Boardmasters, 2018 on: August 13, 2018, 02:20:05 pm
'Leave it on show, expect it to go.'   Roll Eyes

Wish that worked for waistlines.
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: RAIB report on near miss with track workers October 2017 on: August 13, 2018, 01:30:18 pm
Oh dear.

Another near miss on the ECML. This time near Peterborough.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/near-miss-with-track-worker-peterborough

Degraded safety again.
13  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Longer trains to Waterloo ?? on: August 13, 2018, 01:06:08 pm
It's for trains to and from Slaithwaite only.
14  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Heart of Wessex - not a clever Sunday or Monday start on: August 13, 2018, 05:52:48 am
Still "work in progress" after two months.

I predict it'll be another few weeks before things settle down. Around the time when the kids are back in school and fewer leisure travellers are using the line. And fewer staff are on annual leave.

A natural fix, rather than anything Hoppity and Co will have achieved.
15  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Boardmasters, 2018 on: August 12, 2018, 09:14:15 pm
Except that the buffet is closed so no ale or three!

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