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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: Today at 10:49:10 am

More cancellations being added.............

15:00 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington due 16:38
16:00 London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads due 17:38
18:29 Swansea to London Paddington due 21:28
18:30 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington due 20:14
19:45 London Paddington to Swansea due 22:44
20:04 Worcester Foregate Street to London Paddington due 22:29
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: Today at 08:23:28 am
.......cancellations so far today.........good luck if you're aiming to travel London - Bristol this morning!

05:29 Swansea to London Paddington due 08:30
07:59 Swansea to London Paddington due 11:01
08:00 London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads due 09:41
08:15 London Paddington to Cheltenham Spa due 10:22
08:43 Great Malvern to London Paddington due 11:29
09:00 London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads due 10:39
10:00 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington due 11:40
10:00 London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads due 11:39
11:00 Cheltenham Spa to London Paddington due 13:07
11:30 London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads due 13:14
12:15 London Paddington to Cheltenham Spa due 14:22
12:22 London Paddington to Moreton-In-Marsh due 14:00
14:00 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington due 15:41
14:50 Moreton-In-Marsh to London Paddington due 16:29
15:00 Cheltenham Spa to London Paddington due 17:07
3  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 04:35:20 pm
I find the speed restrictions due to high temperatures to be rather worrying. Whilst temperatures are exceptional for April, they are very normal for June and July.
So are speed restrictions going to become the norm during the summer ?

I can see the need for such restrictions in truly exceptional heatwaves, but surely infrastructure should work correctly during normal June and July weather ? even if such weather arrives in April.



Same every year isn't it? (albeit a bit earlier this year)

There seems to be so little resilience within any aspect of the railway, it's incredibly fragile, be it infrastructure, trains or personnel.

4  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Would reducing fares increase passenger numbers by 40%?? on: Yesterday at 04:33:04 pm

Even a 10% rise in passenger numbers just now would raise overcrowding from appalling to something approaching catastrophic, but as well all know (from GWR) there is no safety risk attached to this  Roll Eyes


How about a prove rise to deter and reduce numbers.
I was talking with a railway employee (off duty over a pint, not a First Group employee) recently about the poor service TOCs supply and should they do more to encourage repeat travel. His response astonished me, “I can give bad service as we are still overcrowded so it doesn’t matter to my TOC, and in fact may help reduce passenger numbers below overcrowding!”

That's a truly bizarre way to run a Business................was it just the one pint?  Smiley
5  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Could 165/166 reach Exeter? on: Yesterday at 04:01:33 pm
Could Cardiff to Taunton, 165/166's ever be extended to Exeter or even Paignton? I know there are gauging issues, but most of the line to Penzance was built during broad gauge anyway.

That's a helluva journey on a train designed for shorter commuter runs..........really I don't think you'd be very comfortable!
6  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Would reducing fares increase passenger numbers by 40%?? on: Yesterday at 03:57:59 pm
People will generally pay higher prices for a quality product or service, in the case of the railway they are currently paying high prices for a pretty poor service on unreliable, overcrowded trains.

Perhaps the best solution is to provide a frequent, reliable service with sufficient capacity, if not for everyone to sit down, then at least to remove the cattle car syndrome.

Were that to be the case, passenger numbers would probably steadily rise without the need for cutting fares (in LTV they will rise anyway due to demographics.

Even a 10% rise in passenger numbers just now would raise overcrowding from appalling to something approaching catastrophic, but as well all know (from GWR) there is no safety risk attached to this  Roll Eyes

7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Amazing what a month can bring ... on: April 19, 2018, 05:49:56 pm
How long from deep midwinter to hot high summer??

19th March 2018: Due to severe weather between Swindon and Westbury the line towards Melksham is closed.
Train services running through these stations have been suspended. Melksham will not be served.

19th April 2018: Due to a speed restriction because of high track temperatures between Slough and London Paddington trains have to run at reduced speed on some lines towards London Paddington.

Has our railway become a "moderate weather only" service??

Yes.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Airport connections on: April 19, 2018, 10:34:20 am
Latterly, the London City airport route was hugely successful, I remember leaving my office and being back in Plymouth within 2 hours...........

Presumably not successful enough to be financially viable for any carriers though?

Always a shame when transport links are cut of course.  An often overlooked benefit of the rail franchise model is that routes and services (including marginal and loss making but socially beneficial ones) HAVE to be provided at a specified level by the operator with very few exceptions.  So there’s an element of security that you increasingly don’t get with many air and rural bus routes.

That route was extremely viable and the airport was one of the few experiencing growth in 2009 but the shortsightedness of letting the London slots go finished it - along with local politics/Sutton Harbour Holdings "priorities" (the less said about SHH the better)

4 out of 5 local businesses supported maintaining the airport for the good of the city and only one third of those surveyed felt that rail/road links are adequate for a City of Plymouth's size.

Exeter airport has picked up the slack and good luck to them but it's very much to the detriment of the economy of Plymouth that the airport closed.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Airport connections on: April 19, 2018, 08:25:31 am
Plymouth needs its airport back!
No it doesn't........ Tongue  The city has coped OK since its closure and we really need affordable homes to be built on the site.

You're confusing two different issues. More housing in Plymouth and an airport are not mutually exclusive. Have you heard of Sherford?

Personally I'd like to see Plymouth do better than just "cope OK", an airport with swift links to London and beyond is key to that.

Well, at one time I used to regularly fly from Plymouth to Heathrow on my way to Central London.  Taking into account check-in time, flight time, circulating Heathrow waiting to land and travelling to Central London took more than the 2 hours 57 minutes that the Golden Hind used to do the trip in.... Tongue

...and yes, I do know where Sherford is thank you... Shocked

Blimey Plymouth to Heathrow? Must be almost 20 years ago?

Latterly, the London City airport route was hugely successful, I remember leaving my office and being back in Plymouth within 2 hours...........
10  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Extra Trains to Windsor for the Royal Wedding - 19 May 18 on: April 18, 2018, 08:50:11 pm
What are the odds on the RMT threatening a strike on either GWR or SWR, over safety of course.


......worked for the Tube Drivers prior to the Olympics, I'm sure they're thinking about it! 😉

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/news/8761441/Tube-drivers-to-get-1800-bonus-not-to-strike-during-the-Olympics.html
11  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Airport connections on: April 18, 2018, 07:46:14 pm
Plymouth needs its airport back!
No it doesn't........ Tongue  The city has coped OK since its closure and we really need affordable homes to be built on the site.

You're confusing two different issues. More housing in Plymouth and an airport are not mutually exclusive. Have you heard of Sherford?

Personally I'd like to see Plymouth do better than just "cope OK", an airport with swift links to London and beyond is key to that.
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture - related rail, public and other transport issues / Re: Beggars on the railways on: April 18, 2018, 06:14:43 pm
Don't you have to be licenced to busk on TfL and only at designated places?
Yes and she had obviously seen the discomfort felt by some passengers as these musicians walked through the train. I've nothing against people who are authorised to busk doing so at the designated places in stations. I do have an issue with it being done on a train where people can't get away. On the older trains that have individual carriages the drivers would often spot these "musicians" changing carriages and warn people over the PA not to give them money. Nowadays with the walk through trains they are harder to spot as once they're on they can move freely.

There's an element of live and let live here.....sure the tissue brigade are one thing, but if a chap wants to play a guitar or violin to brighten up a dull journey & make a few quid? Why not I say, it adds a bit of character and joy to an environment normally dominated by glum looking people studiously avoiding human contact (myself included!)...........there are a lot worse things going on in the World than Vivaldi on the District Line folks! 🙂
13  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Airport connections on: April 18, 2018, 04:26:25 pm
Plymouth needs its airport back!
14  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: Paddington 24/7, channel 5, 21:00 tonight on: April 17, 2018, 04:40:40 pm
And that’s why they don’t show it. This is a fly on the wall documentary but it is Pravda-esque in its support of GWR where the effects upon passengers of disastrous service failures are limited to occasional glimpses of ‘unreasonable’ grumpy passengers. 
If GWR paid 1% of the attention they spent on getting me home in semi-comfort each night as they paid to fawning after 25 members of the Thai royal family I’d be a happy man. But they don’t. And I’m not.

It would have been interesting had HRH wished to go to Hereford or Great Malvern!
15  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2018 cancellation and amendment log on: April 17, 2018, 10:36:03 am
Don't forget Graham, good news is around you!  Wink
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