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916  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Rail Tickets 'To Be Made Simpler' on: September 30, 2007, 05:26:42 pm
I have no problem with the price of FirstMinuteFares but there are just so many of them. I agree that there should just be 3 standard and 3 first.
917  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Rail Tickets 'To Be Made Simpler' on: September 27, 2007, 04:01:24 pm
Remember the last time we were told tickets were getting simpler. We ended up with First Minute Fares. (Leisure,Business,A,B,C,E,First.Standard etc.)
918  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Andrew Haines interview - reliabiity and cascading trains on: September 24, 2007, 07:58:08 am
What are Northen doing to get all this stock? Huh They must be paying the Dft a hefty premium for the franchise. Hopefully this means will have to keep the adelantes though. Grin
919  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Andrew Haines interview - reliabiity and cascading trains on: September 23, 2007, 07:44:55 pm
It would make sense to keep them in 3-car units because there is no connection between units if coupled together which could cause problems when people are unwilling to walk up the platform to an emptier part of the train.
As for the 2+3 seating there had been reports FGW (First Great Western) were converting the 150s they currently have back to this formation.
920  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Is there a case for a flagship service / a premium route? on: September 23, 2007, 07:40:02 pm
It would definetly make sense but this does not seem very likely. Ever since First took over the franchise they have only downgraded this route but with Andrew Haines now in charge who knows what could happen.
921  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: St Ives Branch line on: September 22, 2007, 04:47:37 pm
I went to St.Ives today with my family from Camborne. We checked the timetable and saw that the 11.02 from Camborne got into St.Erth one minute after a St.Ives train was meant to leave. Thinking we might make it so we got on this service and as we pulled into St.Erth we heard the 150 branchline power up and pull away leaving us to wait 30 mins. But what was so stupid was hearing a member of staff, about to begin a shift on the St.Ives branch who had been onboard our service say that it was 10 mins early at Truro. If FGW (First Great Western) accounted for this apparently regular early-running they could but the train back an extra 5 mins and make an extra connection. I also noticed that the 10.00 service from Plymouth which was meant to make a connection with the 11.41 to St.Ives hadn't turned up by the time we left. An absolute shambles with connections.
Trains we travelled on:
Ex TPE (Trans Pennine Express) 158/7 6.48 BTM (Bristol Temple Meads (strictly, it should be BRI))-Penzance
150 St.Ives Branch
Un-Refurb HST (High Speed Train) with 2 MTU (Motor Traction Unit) powercars 14.00 Penzance-Paddington
922  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: 'West' fleet refurbishment on: September 22, 2007, 04:24:43 pm
Hi I went on a 150 today and noticed they had posters up about the refresh. There were 3 pics aswell. 1 i hadnt seen anywhere else. It also said the refurb had started Grin and should be completed within 12 months. Sad
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