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1  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Passengers to get faster journeys between Somerset and Dorset on: Today at 01:29:55 pm
NR Wessex have shared these photographs on Twitter showing the bridge reconstruction at Yetminster.

 https://twitter.com/networkrailwssx/status/1229386694778028033?s=21
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Storm Dennis - 15th/16th Feb 2020 on: Yesterday at 06:30:15 pm
5L45 ecs Yeovil Junction to Exeter St Davids is running as a proving service,  departed 1744.

https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/92308/2020-02-16/detailed

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NR Wessex report on Twitter that line reopened at 1830 Sunday
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Running a meeting? on: Yesterday at 03:40:28 pm
In the last two presentations I was invited to make the organisers wanted the slideshow a week before the talk. I just had to turn up and speak. Much easier, although I did bring a back-up copy!
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Storm Dennis - 15th/16th Feb 2020 on: Yesterday at 11:07:55 am
Journey Check now showing services from Andover/Salisbury terminate and restart at Yeovil Junction for the rest of the day, although nothing in the line updates section, just in the service updates.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Storm Dennis - 15th/16th Feb 2020 on: Yesterday at 10:05:53 am
This screenshot from Google Street view shows the location. The tributary coming in from the right had some flood alleviation work done recently but presumably too much rain has fallen over the past few hours.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Storm Dennis - 15th/16th Feb 2020 on: Yesterday at 09:12:32 am
Alternative route via Yeovil closed due to flooding of River Axe east of Axminster

https://twitter.com/sw_help/status/1228967118303121408?s=21

Location shown here
https://traksy.uk/live/M+8+AXMNSTR+18
7  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Weymouth tramway-the final curtain? on: February 15, 2020, 08:47:17 am
It is intended to remove sections of the line in order to determine the cost of complete removal.

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/18237062.end-line-weymouths-harbourside-tracks/
8  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Freightliner off the rails at Eastleigh. on: February 06, 2020, 07:59:17 pm
This is a photo taken from one of NR Wessex’s Twitter feed. It shows some of the fixings at the site
(https://twitter.com/networkrailwssx/status/1224221638654406657?s=21)
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Okehampton-Tavistock. Discussion on reopening and potential use as a diversionary route on: February 06, 2020, 10:44:41 am
New group to look at case for reopening the Northern Route

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I'm very pleased to announce the formation of an ad hoc group looking at the case for reopening the #NorthernRoute. It's a team of highly respected rail industry experts examining the capability the railway would need to provide a local service and sufficient freight and diversionary capacity, as well as the potential for extending the #GraniteWay from Lydford to Tavistock, which could generate significant benefits too. We're keen to hear from organisations and individuals with a view on the reopening for or against and particularly those affected by the #Dawlish closure in 2014. At this early stage there are no preconceptions on the case and how the railway would operate, but if there is a case we're looking to develop a detailed and costed proposal for further discussion. If you do have a view, please get in touch with me either here or via the website - andrewroden.com - we strongly believe there could be a very positive case, but it is vital that if there is it is credible costed and developed in a way which maximises the benefits and treats individuals and organisations affected with the utmost decency and courtesy. The South West cannot depend on a single rail link, needs more transport investment, and #NorthernRoute could be critical in helping to generate economic, social and environmental benefits in a region too often overlooked by central government.   
Further discussion on Twitter
https://twitter.com/andyroden1/status/1225344332498165760?s=21
10  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Improvement plan on: February 05, 2020, 04:40:38 pm
This has appeared on the SWR website, Mark Hopwood has set out the manner in which timekeeping can be improved. For example the Shepperton Branch:
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The Shepperton Line was one route that was underperforming, so since the start of the year we moved our newer Class 707 trains on to it. Wider doors and more space on these trains helps everyone board quicker, allowing the trains to leave on time. Using just one fleet of trains on this line makes it easier to operate for our teams, helping to reduce delays even more. This has already seen more of these services join the mainline at Norbiton on time, preventing delays on other parts of the network.
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The rest is found here:-
https://www.southwesternrailway.com/plan-for-improving-your-journeys
11  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Freightliner off the rails at Eastleigh. on: February 01, 2020, 06:33:27 pm
This link shows that the down fast has been reinstated as plain line. So no trains can access it from the down platform lines

https://twitter.com/paulcliftonbbc/status/1223650039333081089?s=21
12  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: ACoRP rebranding to the "Community Rail Network" on: January 31, 2020, 11:13:55 am
Announced on Twitter just now
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Very excited to announce our new name - from April, @ACoRPOffice will become the Community Rail Network, reflecting our commitment to supporting the #communityrail movement to go from strength to strength 
https://twitter.com/julie_townsend_/status/1223196597468778496?s=21
13  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Freightliner off the rails at Eastleigh. on: January 30, 2020, 04:52:01 pm

Network Rail have just posted this blog about the incident.

https://www.networkrail.co.uk/stories/eastleigh-derailment-and-other-incidents/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
14  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Freightliner off the rails at Eastleigh. on: January 29, 2020, 07:20:13 pm
Line not expected to be open before the end of Sunday. From their website

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Due to the derailment of a freight train between Southampton Central and Winchester all lines are blocked. Train services running through these stations will be cancelled, delayed or diverted via Havant. All stations between Winchester and Southampton Central will not be served. Disruption is expected until the end of the day 02/02/2020.   
15  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: SWR Future in doubt on: January 22, 2020, 02:07:52 pm
I seem to remember that it was thought to be in difficulties from the first day. Their projection relied on a power upgrade that has yet to happen. SWT, having run the franchise for so long, had a better understanding of what could be done with their bid reflecting this.
In addition SWT, understandably, were not entering a dispute with RMT.
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