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« Reply #240 on: November 28, 2023, 12:21:11 »

I can confirm that the updated announcements with the female voice are now in use on IETs (Intercity Express Train).

The station announcements at Pershore however stiil say WOP.


I thought that word was deemed derogatory after Bernard Manning ceased to be on TV?
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« Reply #241 on: December 06, 2023, 16:54:31 »

I am hopeful that these usage figures will mean CrossCountry will stop trains on their Manchester<>Bristol axis soon (May 2024?), which I know a number of influential people are pushing for.  It might even help with regaining momentum regarding the aspiration of a 2tph GWR (Great Western Railway) service between Worcester and Paddington.  Think what the usage would be with eight trains an hour calling!

A bit of an implosion in the Cardiff<>Nottingham service today, meant several of the longer distance Voyager operated service called additionally at Worcestershire Parkway. 

Performance was as follows:
1M21 left Cheltenham 4 late and arrived New Street 6 late
1S37 left Cheltenham 2 late and arrived New Street 2 late
1V50 left New Street on time and arrived Cheltenham 13 late
1M49 left Cheltenham 6 late and arrived New Street 4 late
1V60 left New Street on time and arrived Cheltenham 3 late

So, aside from 1V50 very little time was lost due to the additional call, with one train losing no time and one actually gaining two minutes.  Bodes well for introducing a call on these train permanantly without having to do too much tinkering with the schedules.
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« Reply #242 on: December 07, 2023, 13:23:52 »

I am hopeful that these usage figures will mean CrossCountry will stop trains on their Manchester<>Bristol axis soon (May 2024?), which I know a number of influential people are pushing for.  It might even help with regaining momentum regarding the aspiration of a 2tph GWR (Great Western Railway) service between Worcester and Paddington.  Think what the usage would be with eight trains an hour calling!

A bit of an implosion in the Cardiff<>Nottingham service today, meant several of the longer distance Voyager operated service called additionally at Worcestershire Parkway. 

Performance was as follows:
1M21 left Cheltenham 4 late and arrived New Street 6 late
1S37 left Cheltenham 2 late and arrived New Street 2 late
1V50 left New Street on time and arrived Cheltenham 13 late
1M49 left Cheltenham 6 late and arrived New Street 4 late
1V60 left New Street on time and arrived Cheltenham 3 late

So, aside from 1V50 very little time was lost due to the additional call, with one train losing no time and one actually gaining two minutes.  Bodes well for introducing a call on these train permanantly without having to do too much tinkering with the schedules.


Travelling back to Worcestershire Parkway from Manchester, I was at New Street in time for the 1730 XC (Cross Country Trains (franchise)) servie southwards from there, which got cancelled at Derby (breakdown, lack of crew, ambulance service attendance - take your pick of the excuses)

After a bit of a delay, the train, 1V13 was einstatedfor the Birmingham to Newport section of the diagram.  The empty stock for this appears to have originate in the Leicester area, and rolled into New Street just after 1900.  The "next" hourly train from New Street had also been cancelled.  The 1730 then got chopped short, and would run as far as Gloucester only

The worst thing about the wait was not knowing if it was risky or not to go and get a warming cuppa.  I had the benefit of looking at RTT» (Real Time Trains - website) and Tracksy, and knowing what to look for.  But most of the waiting passengers had no way of knowing what was happening
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« Reply #243 on: December 07, 2023, 13:33:18 »

I  parked at Worcestershire Parkway for my first ever use of the station at around 1700 on Tuesday.  Returned around 1940 on Wednesday and enquired at the booking office about paying for parking, as I could see no machines.  Got told to scan one of the QR (QR Code - Quick Response code) codes off a sign in the car park and pay online.  Which I did.

However, I've noted that the parking receipt that was emailed to me acknowledges receipt of £8.80 for 1 day 3 hours of parking, including 20p for the privilege of paying, but it states that the payment covers the period forward from when I paid, not backwards.  I admit that it was tricky to see what I was doing in the dark as I used the website to pay, but I don't recall ant facility to pay retrospectively. 

Am I going to get taken to the cleaners for "non-payment" for the time my car was actually present in the car park, even though GWR (Great Western Railway) has a full payment of the correct amount from me?

An awful system.  How does anyone without a smart phone do this?
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« Reply #244 on: December 21, 2023, 16:52:29 »

The recently released station usage figures, which were excellent as quoted elsewhere, will hopefully give a boost to those campaigning for more XC (Cross Country Trains (franchise)) trains to call.
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