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Alan Pettitt
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« on: May 15, 2017, 04:09:28 PM »

Is it just my impression over the last few weeks or have there been many more short formed trains on the Bristol/Frome/Weymouth and Bristol/Salisbury routes? Trains seem to be much more crowded in the late afternoon from BRI recently, sometimes going to Yate also.
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2017, 04:21:48 PM »

GWR Journey Check says "More trains needing repairs than usual".   Seems to be the norm now rather than saying "more than usual".
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2017, 04:50:20 PM »

Is it just my impression over the last few weeks or have there been many more short formed trains on the Bristol/Frome/Weymouth and Bristol/Salisbury routes? Trains seem to be much more crowded in the late afternoon from BRI recently, sometimes going to Yate also.

I understand there's a heavier schedule of major overhauls of 150/2 units going on at present, reducing the available fleet.  Not sure I would call a major overhaul a "repair", but having one less train on the fleet than normal will tend to mean that any unscheduled failures have more of an effect than normal.

We have noticed that TransWilts services are getting much more crowded in the late afternoon ...
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2017, 04:58:17 PM »

Is it just my impression over the last few weeks or have there been many more short formed trains on the Bristol/Frome/Weymouth and Bristol/Salisbury routes? Trains seem to be much more crowded in the late afternoon from BRI recently, sometimes going to Yate also.

I understand there's a heavier schedule of major overhauls of 150/2 units going on at present, reducing the available fleet.  Not sure I would call a major overhaul a "repair", but having one less train on the fleet than normal will tend to mean that any unscheduled failures have more of an effect than normal.

We have noticed that TransWilts services are getting much more crowded in the late afternoon ...

There are 2 x 150/2s away at Wolverton Works at a time undergoing PRM Mods
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2017, 05:19:15 PM »

It's also been noticeable that there have been similar problems on the local trains between Nailsea & Backwell (NLS) and Bristol Temple Meads (BRI) recently.

I continue to receive 'GWR Alert' text messages on my mobile phone (dating back to the days when I used to commute, morning and evening), and I note that there were texts about "more trains than usual needing repairs at the same time" today, and on 12 May, 9 May, 2 May, 28 April, 26 April, 20 April, 11 April, 4 April, 3 April, 30 March (two trains), 28 March, 27 March, 24 March, 20 March, 15 March (two trains), 10 March, 8 March, 1 March ... and so on.

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