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« Reply #3675 on: January 23, 2022, 10:50:53 am »

Delays to services between Reading and Westbury

Due to a fault with barriers at a level crossing between Reading and Westbury trains have to run at reduced speed on all lines.

Train services running to and from these stations may be delayed by up to 30 minutes. Disruption is expected until 11:30 23/01.
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« Reply #3676 on: January 23, 2022, 11:12:48 am »

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a level crossing between Reading and Westbury

Wouldn't it be helpful to say which level crossing? A quick check shows (if I can count) 12 services today that run between Reading and Newbury or Bedwyn only.

It surely cannot be too difficult to say that there's a level crossing problem at X, and that trains travelling between Y and Z are currently unable to pass, and that there may be consequential disruption to services between A and B after the problem is fixed? It give the passenger a better starting point for deciding if to travel, and how much they need worry of they have picked this up on the train and it hasn't already been announced?
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« Reply #3677 on: January 23, 2022, 11:28:37 am »

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a level crossing between Reading and Westbury

Wouldn't it be helpful to say which level crossing? A quick check shows (if I can count) 12 services today that run between Reading and Newbury or Bedwyn only.

For today ... I have just remembered ... no trains between Swindon and Didcot so there are diversions across that crossing - wherever it is.

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08:29 Weston-Super-Mare to London Paddington due 11:12
 
08:29 Weston-Super-Mare to London Paddington due 11:12 is being delayed between Bath Spa and Reading and is now expected to be 30 minutes late.
This is due to a fault with barriers at a level crossing.

I'm of two minds about localising the data - for one metric of readers, yes, useful, but for another metric there's an inevitable question "where is Aldermaston" or "Kint-where?" on reading the report.   When the PIS (Passenger Information System) system locally here used to report that the train had "passed Thingley Junction" the knowelgable on the platform got a warm and fuzzy feeling  that it was getting closer, and the rest panicked because the information had changed from "Chippenham" which they knew to some other spot they couldn't place.
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« Reply #3678 on: January 23, 2022, 11:50:01 am »

Midgham and Colthrop are the crossings.
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« Reply #3679 on: January 23, 2022, 04:18:39 pm »

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I'm of two minds about localising the data

Point taken Grahame, but it doesn't take much initiative to add "between Reading and Newbury" to make it clear. I expect too with the lamentable level of knowledge of the geography of our own country, many taking trains passing through Westbury have no idea where it is or that they might be passing through it!
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« Reply #3680 on: January 25, 2022, 07:14:36 am »

Due to a safety inspection on a train between Newbury and Westbury all lines are blocked

Train services running through these stations will be cancelled, delayed or diverted between Westbury and Reading. Disruption is expected until 09:00
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« Reply #3681 on: January 25, 2022, 09:41:56 am »

To be fair, this issue appears to be a suspected fire on a freight service from Haverfordwest to Theale which is still at a stand just east of Kintbury (as at 0930).

Local press report can be found at https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/train-fire-blocks-line-near-kintbury-9236745/ which also includes twitter postings from the local fire service.

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A suspected fire on a train has blocked the line between Newbury and Westbury this morning (Tuesday).

A safety inspection of the train, which is believed to be around one mile outside Kintbury train station, is currently taking place, according to Great Western Railway.

It said that train services "running through these stations will be cancelled, delayed or diverted between Westbury and Reading".

Disruption is expected until around 9am.

Two fire engines from Newbury were also at Kintbury station this morning after reports that the driver of a train had believed there was a fire onboard his train, but that was now out.
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« Reply #3682 on: January 25, 2022, 09:45:58 am »

To be fair, this issue appears to be a suspected fire on a freight service from Haverfordwest to Theale which is still at a stand just east of Kintbury (as at 0930).


Indeed. Sewing the threads together:

By the way, it was absolutely correct to close the Berks and Hants for the safety checks and any aftermath - my comments above relate to the use of the diversion.  What we really need on mornings like this (and on EVERY morning!) is more capacity.
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