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Author Topic: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues  (Read 52663 times)
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« Reply #660 on: July 14, 2018, 07:55:09 am »

The only station where extention works have been completed beyond Hayes is at Twyford.  Though the inability to extend the up relief platform means it is still SDO 7 until the software for recognising different platform lengths at a specific station is added.

Work started a year ago on Didcot, Cholsey, Goring and Pangbourne but has progressed at a pitiful pace - though Pangbourne now looks just about ready.  Works at Radley started last month.

Works at Slough and Maidenhead (and the rest) havenít really started yet, and they are the two most important in terms of numbers of trains, and therefore passengers, being inconvenienced daily.
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« Reply #661 on: July 15, 2018, 10:55:48 am »

After several days of full length IETs, I observe half a dozen half length services today, lack of staff rather than lack of trains this time.
Whilst the failure of GWR to engage enough staff is not the fault of the new trains, it does represent another drawback of downgrading an intercity service to short DMUs.

Had we retained HSTs, or if the HSTs had been replaced with new full length intercity trains, then this situation would not have occurred.

Whilst a few half length trains may seem of little consequence if compared to the DOZENS of cancellations, it is at times like this that full length trains are needed.
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« Reply #662 on: July 15, 2018, 10:59:35 am »

After several days of full length IETs, I observe half a dozen half length services today, lack of staff rather than lack of trains this time.
Whilst the failure of GWR to engage enough staff is not the fault of the new trains, it does represent another drawback of downgrading an intercity service to short DMUs.

Had we retained HSTs, or if the HSTs had been replaced with new full length intercity trains, then this situation would not have occurred.

Whilst a few half length trains may seem of little consequence if compared to the DOZENS of cancellations, it is at times like this that full length trains are needed.
To add insult to injury the five carriages locked out of use will probably be joined to the five coaches being used which will be absolutely rammed.
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« Reply #663 on: July 18, 2018, 12:45:14 pm »

Journeycheck looks very quiet as I type.........
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« Reply #664 on: July 18, 2018, 01:56:33 pm »

Journeycheck looks very quiet as I type.........

Sort of way it should look every day.
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« Reply #665 on: July 18, 2018, 02:00:20 pm »

Journeycheck looks very quiet as I type.........

Well, that's jinxed it. I fully expect a major issue in tonight's rush hour now.  Tongue
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« Reply #666 on: July 18, 2018, 04:04:15 pm »

Indeed  Grin
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« Reply #667 on: July 18, 2018, 04:24:00 pm »

Journeycheck looks very quiet as I type.........

Well, that's jinxed it. I fully expect a major issue in tonight's rush hour now.  Tongue

Oh dear. I hate to say I told you so, but:

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Due to a points failure between Ealing Broadway and London Paddington some lines towards London Paddington are blocked. Disruption is expected until 19:30 18/07.
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Train services between Reading and London Paddington may be delayed by up to 15 minutes or diverted.
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London-bound fast line is blocked between Ealing Broadway and London Paddington. Long Distance / High Speed services will be diverted via the Slow line between Ealing Broadway and London Paddington.

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« Reply #668 on: July 19, 2018, 05:47:13 pm »

Was somewhst amused by the announcement on a Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington train this morning, which was along the lines of "this is a 9 carriage train and for those unfamiliar with them, it has the feature that you can walk right along it, and all the first class is at the front'.

Later overheard a conversation he had with clearly a regular in that service that he was fed up of verbal abuse when it is 5 only.
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« Reply #669 on: July 19, 2018, 07:29:11 pm »

This was posted on the WNXX forum (19/07/2018) by a GWR 'Insider':
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Text sent out by RMT ending the agreement whereby a customer host can be in one half of a ten car IET rake and a guard in the other. Allegedly this follows an on board incident, so the RMT insist on a guard in each unit from now on. What do they do on Voyagers was the question asked of me this afternoon. Answer is I don't know, but one thing is certain, GWR do not have enough guards, so expect a lot more 5 cars or tens with 5 locked out. Wonderful.
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« Reply #670 on: July 19, 2018, 10:01:14 pm »

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GWR do not have enough guards, so expect a lot more 5 cars or tens with 5 locked out. Wonderful.


Ah, letís just cancel the training because we do not trust that Customer Hosts can get the job done. Or, remove half the train and impress all the passengers. RMT make the best impression..
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