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Author Topic: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion  (Read 419900 times)
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« Reply #1860 on: March 07, 2022, 11:09:46 »

GWR (Great Western Railway) Journeycheck now shows the 1715 and 1915 starting from Exeter. It's a farce

Can we have a volunteer to go down to Exeter St Davids and report back?

Where's Broadgage's Crystal ball when we need it?

Crystal ball is fully booked predicting oil prices, gas prices, wars and the like.
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It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
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« Reply #1861 on: March 07, 2022, 11:47:48 »

Sadly it got the 'war' prediction wrong.
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« Reply #1862 on: March 07, 2022, 11:57:20 »

Sadly it got the 'war' prediction wrong.
As did many of the ex-military commentators talking about the Russian exercise build up
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« Reply #1863 on: March 07, 2022, 12:00:06 »

Bath's MP (Member of Parliament) tweeted about her experience with GWR (Great Western Railway) up to London on Sunday evening. The following train cancelled + I think demand outstripping the, is it once an hour service.

https://twitter.com/Wera_Hobhouse/status/1500559421881081862

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Q: Why do so many people travel up to London on a Sunday evening?

A: Very expensive to travel first thing on a Monday, David.

Has the "peak / off peak" thing become a perversity which achieves the opposite of the load balancing that I understood to have been its initial intent?
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« Reply #1864 on: March 07, 2022, 12:03:13 »

Sadly it got the 'war' prediction wrong.
As did many of the ex-military commentators talking about the Russian exercise build up

Indeed.  A bit like Covid-19, making any predictions is complete guess work.
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« Reply #1865 on: March 07, 2022, 12:12:13 »

Bath's MP (Member of Parliament) tweeted about her experience with GWR (Great Western Railway) up to London on Sunday evening. The following train cancelled + I think demand outstripping the, is it once an hour service.

https://twitter.com/Wera_Hobhouse/status/1500559421881081862

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Interesting follow up within that thread:

I'm afraid most of the follow ups in that thread are the usual mixture of confirmation/political bias, blaming the wrong people, contradictory statements, and completely irrelevant reasons.
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« Reply #1866 on: March 13, 2022, 19:36:24 »

Cancellations between Plymouth & Truro

Due to a shortage of train crew between Plymouth and Truro:
Train services running through these stations may be cancelled. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.

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Customers travelling between Plymouth and Penzance this evening please be advised there are multiple alterations that have been made owing to a shortage of train crew. Customers are advised to speak to station staff at Plymouth and Truro for further information regarding onward travel/connections.

Customers travelling from intermediate stations between Plymouth and Truro please be aware that road transport is replacing a few of the final services between Plymouth and Truro this evening. If you need further assistance, please trigger one of the available help points that can be found on our platforms at our stations.
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« Reply #1867 on: March 14, 2022, 03:41:20 »

The day didn't start off well either, as overrunning engineering between Newton Abbot and Exeter resulted in a few early trains running up to 65 minutes late (as viewed from RTT» (Real Time Trains - website)).
As it was a Sunday, there were less trains, so I believe around 10h30 things began to catch up on time.
That could have also resulted in a few crew sets being out of position, and late, of course.
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« Reply #1868 on: March 14, 2022, 03:45:12 »

Today (Monday) isn't starting too well either.
A few already cancelled with staff shortages; several short forms and short runs.
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« Reply #1869 on: March 14, 2022, 05:22:31 »

Sadly it got the 'war' prediction wrong.

Indeed, I was expecting not a blatant full scale invasion as is underway, but some type of workers uprising or coup, with the new regime "working closely with Russia" In the interests of peace and security.
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« Reply #1870 on: March 27, 2022, 17:53:15 »


Cancellations to services between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads

Due to a shortage of train crew between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads fewer trains are able to run.

Train services running to and from these stations have been cancelled or revised. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.

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Owing to a shortage of train crew there will be a greatly reduced frequency of train services between London Paddington, Reading, Didcot Parkway, Swindon, Chippenham, Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads in both directions. Where possible other train services may make additional stops or use alternative routes to provide the best travel opportunities that we are able to offer given the circumstances.

Those services which do operate over the route will be much busier than normal.
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« Reply #1871 on: March 27, 2022, 18:13:42 »

Ew. Impressive holes in the timetable to/from Paddington this evening.

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« Reply #1872 on: March 27, 2022, 20:09:52 »

Ew. Impressive holes in the timetable to/from Paddington this evening.

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Yeah an impressive three hour gap between 1600-1900 between Bristol and Paddington right slap bang during the Sunday afternoon/evening peak return to London. Queue scenes of packed platforms and trains at Bristol, Bath and Chippenham.

Travelling on a Sunday continues to be a complete lottery.
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« Reply #1873 on: March 27, 2022, 20:26:41 »

I had the other scourge of weekend travelling today - over-running engineering work.

On the first up train from Swindon, I noticed about three minutes from departure the platform screen changed from “On time” to the dreaded “Delayed”.  So I was surprised when we then pulled out on time.  It transpired control were trying to keep the train in the station but weren’t quick enough.

We headed east until we approached Uffington where we came to a halt.  Engineers had run into a problem replacing a set of points overnight.  Problems were compounded because the driver couldn’t communicate with the signaller via the in cab radio and had to keep climbing down to use the signal post telephone.  After sitting for half an hour we then made our way to Didcot. 

The drama didn’t end though. The train was terminated at Didcot Parkway because of the faulty cab handset and we had to change to an alternative service to reach Reading.
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« Reply #1874 on: March 27, 2022, 21:05:44 »

Ew. Impressive holes in the timetable to/from Paddington this evening.

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Yeah an impressive three hour gap between 1600-1900 between Bristol and Paddington right slap bang during the Sunday afternoon/evening peak return to London. Queue scenes of packed platforms and trains at Bristol, Bath and Chippenham.

Travelling on a Sunday continues to be a complete lottery.

Yes I've seen pictures of the scenes at Bath and the massively overcrowded trains/people left behind. Bad day for travellers but a good day for COVID!

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