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1  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Comedian humiliated for using disabled space on train - BBC News 17th July 2018 on: Today at 07:29:38 am
Here's how I imagine this might play out... The TM will be suspended pending an investigation. The RMT will release an inflammatory statement claiming 'Brother so-and-so' is being bullied and victimised. "It's not his fault, it's management's fault for not being there with him to hold his hand and tell him what to do, say and think. He doesn't get paid enough to do, say and think for himself while the Fat Cat management are lining their pockets etc etc. Renationalise Now!" The TM will then be dismissed for gross misconduct and the RMT will go into overdrive with their rhetoric, declaring a culture of bullying and victimisation. They will call for a strike of which 90% of those eligible to vote will abstain from doing so. Of the remaining 10%, 60% will vote in favour of strike action and the RMT will declare a victory with 'overwhelming' support. 4 TMs will then stand on a picket line outside of Penzance station and the RMT will bring along the national press so the world can see their solidarity for 'Brother so-and-so'. By which time everyone will have forgotten all about the original story...


You are Mick Rix and I claim my £5  Cheesy
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: Today at 06:34:25 am
Alterations to services at Hayes & Harlington
Due to a fault with the signalling system at Hayes & Harlington trains have to run at reduced speed.
Train services running through this station may be delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until 07:30 18/07.
3  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Comedian humiliated for using disabled space on train - BBC News 17th July 2018 on: Yesterday at 04:04:53 pm
I've seen the video, a very small mobility scooter indeed, I'd say smaller than a lot of "regular" wheelchairs.

No doubt there'll be a thorough investigation of the incident & the TMs actions, it could be that he finds himself available for fine weather,BBQs & football matches on an indefinite basis going forward.
4  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Comedian humiliated for using disabled space on train - BBC News 17th July 2018 on: Yesterday at 02:43:57 pm
Just go and read that again, will you? You might actually get a life.

Less than zero = negative sympathy (for the TM, you wazzock)


Thank you for clarifying that you were referring to the TM.

My problem was Chris, your attitude towards customers is generally so contemptuous that  thinking you were true to form in this case was an all too easy conclusion to jump to, but I'm happy to be corrected......and in such a charming way! 😂
5  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Comedian humiliated for using disabled space on train - BBC News 17th July 2018 on: Yesterday at 02:18:14 pm
Can one have less than zero sympathy?

 Yes, and in your case , knowing your well documented attitude to customers whether disabled or able bodied I'm not at all surprised.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: Yesterday at 11:02:17 am
Update;

Alterations to services between Slough and London Paddington
Due to a fault with the signalling system between Slough and London Paddington fewer trains are able to run on some lines towards London Paddington.
Train services running to and from these stations may be delayed by up to 20 minutes or revised. Ealing Broadway will not be served. Disruption is expected until 12:30 17/07.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Stay at home Sunday on: Yesterday at 09:23:32 am
Itís not totally GWRs fault. The contract terminology dates from 1999. The powerful union are resisting change.
I was at a beer festival with a member of train crew on Saturday evening and the resource manager called and offered him a huge bonus to work his unavailable Sunday. He had to decline as there wasnít a chance of being under the alcohol limit by anytime on Sunday!

Most powerful unions resisted change. That is why there are very few powerful unions these days.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Sudden lack of cheapo advance fares? on: Yesterday at 09:12:27 am
I think the days of cheap Advance tickets on GWR are long gone. They don't need to sell them anymore to fill seats as they are full already.

......and perversely is a disincentive to increase capacity.
9  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Lack of First Aid, Training For TfL Staff & Defibrillators on: July 15, 2018, 04:32:46 pm
Given the conditions being reported on trains today, I should imagine GWR will be keeping various ambulance services throughout the region pretty busy themselves.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Stay at home Sunday on: July 15, 2018, 02:44:07 pm
Iím sure there are a few that have either put off or cancelled their journeys today Graham, but I suspect the vast majority have little choice but to travel today for various reasons.

Absolutely agree (and with TGís follow up comment), though even if only a few are persuaded that does make the situation slightly more manageable for GWR and slightly more bearable for passengers that are travelling.  I believe Tesco have used the appropriate slogan...

Given Timmer's last comment re: the cancellation of the last direct service from Paddington to Penzance, many people will be left with no choice.......I suspect there'll be a lot of taxi drivers putting down deposits on Aston Martins as a result of today's chaos, with GWR picking up much of the cost.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Stay at home Sunday on: July 15, 2018, 01:46:53 pm
Iím sure there are a few that have either put off or cancelled their journeys today Graham, but I suspect the vast majority have little choice but to travel today for various reasons.

Very good point.

It's one thing to turn up to work late on Monday  morning because GWR's usual service has fallen over, but being unable to get back because the entire timetable collapsed on the previous day is a completely different matter. GWR suggesting that people postpone their travel until tomorrow is totally impractical......are they laying on extra early trains from Penzance/Plymouth to London tomorrow morning?.......Thought not.

There'll be a lot of bosses who'd find the excuse unbelievable and suspecting that people not turning up to work is due to sunny weather and the World Cup final........sound familiar? 😉
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Stay at home Sunday on: July 15, 2018, 09:54:40 am
Can someone do a comparison of today against the last 4 Sundayís to see the difference in planned trains. It seems to me that today just seems like a normal GWR Sunday service.

Or let me know where I can get the data?


Paddington to Plymouth/Penzance is much worse, virtually wiped out, and on top of that all lines are blocked between Exeter and Totnes due to late finishing engineering works so the belated advice to "travel early" was a waste of time.
13  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Wetherspoons on or near stations on: July 15, 2018, 08:48:47 am
Wokingham is now a Wetherspoons-free town. But...


Lucky Wokingham - especially as the Molly Millar has also gone!

14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Stay at home Sunday on: July 15, 2018, 08:09:32 am
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-44832480?__twitter_impression=true

Good to see the media all over it....SKY and much of the Sunday Press too.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Stay at home Sunday on: July 15, 2018, 07:23:16 am
Looking at the list provided, afternoon and early evening IC services out of Paddington are decimated with services to Bristol particularly affected putting pressure on already busy long distance services that are running.

Paddington today is not going to be a pleasant place to travel from. I hope and Iím sure GWR will have plenty of staff and free refreshments on the main concourse.

Maybe they could have a band playing too? Worked for the Titanic when that sank without trace.
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