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Author Topic: May 2017 Bank Holiday weekend - extra busy services to / from Paddington  (Read 1891 times)
Ivor Dewdney
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« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2017, 06:38:18 PM »

With Chiltern's Class 121's now surplus to requirement, one should be enough for a footex from St James Park
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« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2017, 07:25:54 PM »

Exeter's away following is pretty small (unless they're playing Plymouth!) there will undoubtedly be a boost from the bandwagon brigade but I doubt it'll be vast numbers.

Even to Wembley?...I think otherwise.

And Mods - update to subject to include the 28th May?

The Grecians' other two visits to Wembley in 2007 and 2008 resulted in 35,000 'followers' in 2007 (admittedly only the second ever game at the 'new' Wembley) and 30,000 the following year. An allocation of 20,000 this year has already seen 8,000 tickets sold since midday today - or so I have been led to believe  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: May 19, 2017, 08:53:31 PM »

Even to Wembley?...I think otherwise.

And Mods - update to subject to include the 28th May?

According to most of Blackpool's supporters forums they're expecting fewer than 10,000 to make the trip - can't see Exeter managing more than 15,000 - 20,000 max.
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« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2017, 09:36:53 PM »

28,217 from Reading as of 5pm today, also GWR have added the following extra HSTs:

09:29, 10:25, 11:24 & 12:23 from Reading to Paddington calling at Twyford.

Return workings yet to be added

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« Reply #19 on: May 19, 2017, 09:44:12 PM »

Also on the Sunday, an additional 09:19 from Exeter calling at Tiverton only has been scheduled along with a 19:28 return, calling at Newbury* and Tiverton

* Due to operational reasons I believe
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« Reply #20 on: May 20, 2017, 12:05:17 AM »

According to most of Blackpool's supporters forums they're expecting fewer than 10,000 to make the trip - can't see Exeter managing more than 15,000 - 20,000 max.

If you're right, and if only 5% of those 20000 decide to travel by train, then that's still two full HST loads of people on top of the usual bank holiday traffic, though being on the Sunday that will fortunately be the quietest day of the weekend by far.
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« Reply #21 on: May 20, 2017, 08:25:16 AM »

Also on the Sunday, an additional 09:19 from Exeter calling at Tiverton only has been scheduled along with a 19:28 return, calling at Newbury* and Tiverton

* Due to operational reasons I believe

0839 EXD-PAD and 1903 PAD-PLY apparently already fully booked with the 1857 PAD-EXD getting that way!
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« Reply #22 on: May 20, 2017, 05:14:12 PM »

Huge London weekend for Exeter now!!! Chiefs at Twickenham on Saturday too!  Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: May 20, 2017, 06:21:42 PM »

Also on the Sunday, an additional 09:19 from Exeter calling at Tiverton only has been scheduled along with a 19:28 return, calling at Newbury* and Tiverton

* Due to operational reasons I believe

* Apparently the operational reason is to allow the 1937 PAD-SWA which is running via the B&H and Avon Valley to overtake the 1928 relief. Seems a little odd as the relief is being held at NBY for 12 minutes before the SWA train passes and I would have expected similar timings for both over the B&H given that both should have been non-stop over that route.
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« Reply #24 on: May 20, 2017, 07:56:12 PM »

Reason being, is if it ran straight through Newbury, it would be held up by the preceding Bedwyn, which in turn would delay the Swansea.
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« Reply #25 on: May 20, 2017, 08:35:27 PM »

And Mods - update to subject to include the 28th May?

Huge London weekend for Exeter now!!! Chiefs at Twickenham on Saturday too!  Smiley

I have therefore updated this topic's heading accordingly, and added links to the respective events in the Coffee Shop forum's calendar.  Smiley

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« Reply #26 on: May 20, 2017, 09:03:11 PM »

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GWR have added the following extra HSTs:
09:29, 10:25, 11:24 & 12:23 from Reading to Paddington calling at Twyford.
Return workings yet to be added

Now they have, additional HSTs from Paddington calling at Twyford and Reading depart at 18:44, 19:15, 20:06 & 20:44
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« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2017, 10:53:16 AM »

Reading Buses are now running services from outside Reading Station to Wembley Stadium.

http://www.reading-buses.co.uk/articles/buses-to-wembley/
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« Reply #28 on: May 28, 2017, 05:48:06 PM »

Even to Wembley?...I think otherwise.

According to most of Blackpool's supporters forums they're expecting fewer than 10,000 to make the trip - can't see Exeter managing more than 15,000 - 20,000 max.

Good educated guess by TG - 17000 or so Exeter City fans and 6000 Blackpool fans.  Would be interesting to see what percentage travelled by train, and how that percentage compares with Reading's tomorrow.
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