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Author Topic: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion  (Read 78162 times)
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« Reply #945 on: September 23, 2018, 07:38:08 am »

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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Due to a shortage of train crew we are unable to operate a number of trains between London Paddington and Cheltenham Spa. Replacement road transport will operate where trains are cancelled between Swindon and Gloucester. Customers travelling between London and Cheltenham Spa should use alternative GWR services to and from Swindon, changing for road transport.
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« Reply #946 on: September 23, 2018, 08:04:58 am »

This weekend is the anniversary of these cancellations!  We are currently on week 30 in a row of Cheltenham’s being cancelled (over half)
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« Reply #947 on: October 07, 2018, 09:41:42 am »

GWR must be treating their staff because no Cheltenham services are cancelled just yet. A very well done to GWR to be able to provide what there purpose is to do!
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« Reply #948 on: October 07, 2018, 10:11:55 am »

They’ll probably be ok now the holiday period is well and truly over.  Until the next holiday period.
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« Reply #949 on: October 07, 2018, 10:42:10 am »

They’ll probably be ok now the holiday period is well and truly over.  Until the next holiday period.

Half term soon  Smiley
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« Reply #950 on: October 10, 2018, 07:31:35 pm »

They’ll probably be ok now the holiday period is well and truly over.  Until the next holiday period.

Half term soon  Smiley

Then Christmas.
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« Reply #951 on: October 11, 2018, 08:52:09 am »

....was this Broadgage in disguise? 😉

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« Reply #952 on: October 11, 2018, 09:00:08 am »

No, but it seems that someone else is not entirely happy with catering (non)provision on the new trains.
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« Reply #953 on: October 11, 2018, 09:07:04 am »

No, but it seems that someone else is not entirely happy with catering (non)provision on the new trains.
To be fair its happened to me on HST operated services too, either no catering crew or no first class host. This is not a new problem.
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« Reply #954 on: October 11, 2018, 11:24:22 am »

Travelled on my first IET yesterday, in Cornwall, and there was catering onboard (and a Train Manager).
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« Reply #955 on: October 11, 2018, 02:08:15 pm »

No, but it seems that someone else is not entirely happy with catering (non)provision on the new trains.
To be fair its happened to me on HST operated services too, either no catering crew or no first class host. This is not a new problem.
I boarded an HST at Paddington in 1st and unpacked a few bits and pieces. Then the Train Manager comes on the tannoy and tells us that there is a problem with the catering,  There was no food and we were missing the crew member for 1st. Then at departure she appears again and says we may have to change trains please listen for further announcements. Then she came back on and told us to get off the train, cross the platform and get on the HST on the other side. Not ideal as some people had settled in but off we went, people who had been standing in the vestibules got off and then on first and now got seats. This HST had a stocked mini/micro buffet and a full 1st trolley and crew member serving from it. Much better from my point of view but a bit of a faff. We made up the lost time by Reading so no real damage done. The original HST left Paddington without food to another destination later according to the Train Manager.

I've also been on an IET where the only catering was in 1st and consisted of a packet of crisps and a can of coke. Wouldn't have minded so much but I hadn't eaten all day and had not had time at Paddington or anywhere else to buy anything.
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« Reply #956 on: October 21, 2018, 10:15:19 am »

Last weekend services were terminating at Swindon although they all ran. This weekend all Cheltenham’s are running as of 10:14. Half term has just started as well so it seems like it’s a step in the right directio
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« Reply #957 on: October 22, 2018, 08:12:46 pm »

Last few Truro - Falmouths cancelled today, probably due to someone going sick at this late stage.
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« Reply #958 on: October 22, 2018, 08:41:34 pm »

The 1400 CDF - TAU and 1607 TAU - CDF as far as Bristol today are shown on RealtimeTrains as cancelled due to a planning error (TA) - whatever that means?  I think Journeycheck had them down as staff shortages. 
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« Reply #959 on: October 22, 2018, 08:48:36 pm »

The 1400 CDF - TAU and 1607 TAU - CDF as far as Bristol today are shown on RealtimeTrains as cancelled due to a planning error (TA) - whatever that means?  I think Journeycheck had them down as staff shortages. 

Probably got the planning wrong so there was no driver available
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