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Author Topic: More dangerous overcrowding to the Westcountry  (Read 7988 times)
richwarwicker
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« Reply #45 on: April 17, 2017, 08:05:35 PM »

Surely First (oops, GWR) knows they should run extra train every evening Friday out of London, and every bank holiday Monday out of Plymouth.
They had a coach on standby unused at Plymouth this afternoon. The coach operator gets paid the same whether he runs a route or sits in the bay outside the station, is it would have been a smart move to use him. Even if the train wasn't heavily loaded off Plymouth, it would have left more space for those boarding at the next station, send say fifty passengers for stations Plymouth to Exeter or Taunton, that's fifty extra spaces at totnes or Newton Abbot that will be less cramped.
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« Reply #46 on: April 17, 2017, 08:06:04 PM »

Surely First (oops, GWR) knows they should run extra train every evening Friday out of London, and every bank holiday Monday out of Plymouth.
They run every train they have available on peak days. The problem is (as has oft been discussed in great length) that they don't have quite enough for the peak days, and especially not for the ultra-peak days (e.g. Maundy Thursday).
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« Reply #47 on: April 17, 2017, 08:22:42 PM »

Yes, but can they sacrifice one of the early trains the following day to run a late train on the previous evening?

I know this compromises the schedule for the following day, but is probably better to lose one train the next day that trying to load a a train 2(+)x seated capacity.
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« Reply #48 on: April 17, 2017, 08:52:23 PM »

That may already be happening. Maundy Thursday is followed by a BH, so quite likely that one of the extras was found in that way. And the Friday evening peak extras may also be covered in a similar way. Speculation on my part but I think you can take it as read that GWR will be juggling all options (including maintenance schedules) to release as many trains as possible at peak times.
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