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« Reply #15 on: October 27, 2018, 07:59:35 pm »

Think you might have missed another closure of Filton Bank?

At Christmas / New Year?   If that's in the date range - even the prior weekend - I'll add it

I have 24/12/18 to 01/01/19 in my diary.  I'll check with my sources to see if its still the case.

Cancel that!  The line is open but only two tracks, the other two for some followup work.  Thank heavens for four tracks!

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« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2018, 07:21:36 am »

Thanks for those checks. I have posted a general link to the page onto our new Coffee Shop Facebook page ((here)) and also shared it on the TravelWatch SouthWest page ((here)) and on the TransWilts page (where I am providing an engineering / operational feed until Sophie takes over) ((here)). Each with its local text - for TWSW that reads

No trains on the South West on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. Major engineering work at Westbury, Southall, Guildford and Severn Tunnel Junction means that trains will be replaced by buses at those locations on some days. Note for TWSW passengers from Exeter and beyond to London - you may prefer to use the services from Exeter into Waterloo. Although there will be major engineering work at Waterloo, sufficient platforms WILL remain open to handle the services from Exeter and Salisbury.

and for TransWilts

Over Christmas and the New Year, trains from Swindon to Westbury will be replaced by buses between Chippenham and Westbury / Warminster calling at Melksham and Trowbridge en route.

Passengers from Swindon should catch the Bristol train and change to the Rail Replacement Bus at Chippenham. Passengers for Salisbury and the Solent area should REMAIN on the bus at Westbury, changing at Warminster onto the Portsmouth Harbour train that will start from there. Passengers for Frome, Yeovil, Dorchester and Weymouth shoulc change at Trowbridge. There will be exceptions - we suggest you check online from late November onwards for full timetables.

TransWilts have asked GWR to ensure that trains and buses connect well to ensure you have as smooth a journey as possible, and for the rail replacement services to be run using low floor verhicles suitable for all the things you usually take with you - such as pushchairs, heavy luggage, wheelchairs, bicycles, chlldren, dogs and kitchen sinks.

Forum members and lurkers also on Facebook (especially those of you who look after information pages / groups yourselves) are encouraged to share further  Grin

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« Reply #17 on: October 28, 2018, 10:57:18 am »

Thank heavens for four tracks!

Absolutely! It's such a good idea, you almost wonder why no-one thought of it before!

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