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Author Topic: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion  (Read 294820 times)
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« Reply #1725 on: September 11, 2021, 08:27:22 am »

After a better week or so, we're back to the South West (particularly far South West) having numerous cancellations due to crew shortage at the weekend.

Unless it's weekend only COVID, I assume it's workforce management issues.


Indeed - of course it could be "both". Scenario - short of crews due to (longer term) COVID causes workforce management to bring in crews of Thursday and Friday which would have normally been their days off, to give a full service on those traditional heavy traffic / commuter days, but then that leaves them short for Saturday which (outside the summer) has under that same tradition been a low-traffic day except for heavy flows to major things like football matches.
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« Reply #1726 on: September 11, 2021, 12:57:40 pm »

After a better week or so, we're back to the South West (particularly far South West) having numerous cancellations due to crew shortage at the weekend.

Unless it's weekend only COVID, I assume it's workforce management issues.


Huge issues with a points failures near Plymouth yesterday resulting in some crews booking off late and therefore unable to book on at their rostered times today.
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« Reply #1727 on: September 11, 2021, 04:56:08 pm »

After a better week or so, we're back to the South West (particularly far South West) having numerous cancellations due to crew shortage at the weekend.

Unless it's weekend only COVID, I assume it's workforce management issues.


Huge issues with a points failures near Plymouth yesterday resulting in some crews booking off late and therefore unable to book on at their rostered times today.

Thanks - makes sense.
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« Reply #1728 on: September 18, 2021, 07:49:57 am »

Quite a few cancellations to services today:

London-Bristol
London-Cheltenham
London-Swansea

Not too bad London-WoE

Special mention for Plymouth-Gunnislake, no services until lunchtime.
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« Reply #1729 on: September 18, 2021, 09:11:36 am »

Quite a few cancellations to services today:

London-Bristol
London-Cheltenham
London-Swansea

Not too bad London-WoE

Special mention for Plymouth-Gunnislake, no services until lunchtime.

Not good - but almost Business as usual on Saturdays now, potential customers will be drifting away.
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« Reply #1730 on: September 18, 2021, 10:15:48 am »

Certainly not the day to plan a late night out in Bristol.

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« Reply #1731 on: September 18, 2021, 11:43:43 am »

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Due to a shortage of train crew between Swindon and Cheltenham Spa fewer trains are able to run.
Train services running through these stations may be cancelled. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.

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Customers travelling from London Paddington and Swindon can catch services to Bristol Parkway and change there for CrossCountry services to Cheltenham Spa. Road transport has been requested but due to a shortage of coach/bus drivers there has been no transport sourced so far. Local bus ticket acceptance is currently in place. Customers travelling to / from Kemble are advised to use the help point for onward travel.

CrossCountry are conveying passengers between Bristol Parkway and Cheltenham Spa in both directions until further notice. Arrangements have been made for Great Western Railway rail tickets to be accepted for these journeys.

Tough if travelling to/from Stroud, Kemble, Stonehouse and Gloucester.
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« Reply #1732 on: September 18, 2021, 12:50:27 pm »

Certainly not the day to plan a late night out in Bristol.


Oh I don’tvknow….that’d be taxis arranged, wouldn’t it?
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« Reply #1733 on: September 18, 2021, 01:24:59 pm »

Certainly not the day to plan a late night out in Bristol.


Oh I don’tvknow….that’d be taxis arranged, wouldn’t it?

They would need a lot of taxis.

There should be some Westbury trains that will take a bit of the strain, but they get very busy on Saturday evenings.
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« Reply #1734 on: September 18, 2021, 01:52:34 pm »

The 22:40 has now been re-instated.
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« Reply #1735 on: September 19, 2021, 07:24:10 am »

Starting to see a pattern emerge of more trains being cancelled due to traincrew shortages on a Saturday than a Sunday.

Maybe because there are not so many trains?

Scant consolation if your train is the one that’s cancelled of course. Doesn’t matter what day of the week it is then.
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« Reply #1736 on: September 19, 2021, 07:51:04 am »

Starting to see a pattern emerge of more trains being cancelled due to traincrew shortages on a Saturday than a Sunday.

Maybe because there are not so many trains?

Scant consolation if your train is the one that’s cancelled of course. Doesn’t matter what day of the week it is then.

I was thinking the same thing too about that pattern.

Maybe because Sunday premium/overtime is more attractive at the moment, with Christmas on the horizon?
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« Reply #1737 on: September 19, 2021, 10:30:39 am »

GWR (Great Western Railway) drivers get the same rate working an additional Saturday as they do for an additional Sunday (time and a quarter).
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« Reply #1738 on: September 19, 2021, 10:43:14 am »

More events going on on Saturday than Sunday, so more would rather work onba Sunday
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« Reply #1739 on: September 19, 2021, 04:42:50 pm »

More events going on on Saturday than Sunday, so more would rather work onba Sunday

Ah I see..........should make it easier to get Sunday within the working week then, clearly it's not so sacred after all?
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