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« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2017, 07:33:50 PM »

When we first saw the proposal to split the Weybridge-via-Hounslow service into two bits, I pointed out that:
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One awkward change which will annoy a few (possibly very few) is not running the Hounslow loop stoppers on to Virginia Water, but starting a separate Weybridge service there. Worse, initially they will be using the same trains and running them ECS Hounslow-VW; I can see that going down well.

That means that from e.g. Kew Bridge out towards Reading is no longer one change at e.g. Staines, but change at Hounslow and again by Staines (only 2 tph to Windsor will go via Houslow and turn right). Changing at Twickenham might be faster, but at the moment it's not valid on the cheapest ticket.

That have addressed the connectivity issue, by running the inner bit of the service (all stops to Hounslow) round to Twickenham, where it will now reverse to run ECS to Virginia water. That's in the timetables, though a little hard to follow, but the words about it don't make a lot of sense:
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The Waterloo to Weybridge service is split into a Waterloo to Twickenham via Hounslow service (with connections available at Twickenham for Kingston, Reading and Richmond), running every 30 minutes and a Virginia Water to Weybridge shuttle service operating every 30 minutes calling only at Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Putney, Brentford and Hounslow.

That bolded text seems to have been misplaced; it refers to the 2 Windsor tph which are the semi-fast ones:
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For the first time in over a decade a semi-fast service will be provided all day Monday to Saturday on the Hounslow Loop, including the peaks calling only at Brentford and Hounslow. This maintains connectivity from the Hounslow Loop to Feltham and Staines whilst also considerably improving journey times from Hounslow and Brentford to London (up to seven minutes quicker). Earlier and later trains will also be provided on this route. This increases the off-peak Windsor Lines services from 12 trains per hour currently to 16 trains per hour.

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« Reply #16 on: September 29, 2017, 10:30:17 PM »

Reading Platforms 4A/4B  Roll Eyes

That might still be the official name! Not for the platforms, obviously, but then this timetable doesn't have platform numbers for anywhere else. The point is that those three platforms are part of Reading station for signalling purposes, but operationally have to be separate, especially if you are running third-rail EMUs. Hence a label just for this part of the station.

That’s right, it is still the internal name of the separate timing point location for the “Southern” platforms, you can see it on an opentraintimes query, the code to enter is RDNG4AB.  The normal public facing systems must combine these split locations, of which there’ll probably be quite few across the country...
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« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2017, 07:31:10 PM »

Looks like I'll be getting an improved service at Bookham. I can only see the Monday to Friday times but morning peaks increase from 2 tph to 4 and evenings increase from 1 tph to 2. Hopefully Sundays will also double to 2 tph.
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