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Author Topic: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues  (Read 51702 times)
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« Reply #660 on: July 14, 2018, 07:55:09 am »

The only station where extention works have been completed beyond Hayes is at Twyford.  Though the inability to extend the up relief platform means it is still SDO 7 until the software for recognising different platform lengths at a specific station is added.

Work started a year ago on Didcot, Cholsey, Goring and Pangbourne but has progressed at a pitiful pace - though Pangbourne now looks just about ready.  Works at Radley started last month.

Works at Slough and Maidenhead (and the rest) havenít really started yet, and they are the two most important in terms of numbers of trains, and therefore passengers, being inconvenienced daily.
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« Reply #661 on: July 15, 2018, 10:55:48 am »

After several days of full length IETs, I observe half a dozen half length services today, lack of staff rather than lack of trains this time.
Whilst the failure of GWR to engage enough staff is not the fault of the new trains, it does represent another drawback of downgrading an intercity service to short DMUs.

Had we retained HSTs, or if the HSTs had been replaced with new full length intercity trains, then this situation would not have occurred.

Whilst a few half length trains may seem of little consequence if compared to the DOZENS of cancellations, it is at times like this that full length trains are needed.
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"When customers say that they want a seat, they dont mean they want to sit with their knees behind their ears so that 4 more can sit down. They mean that they want an extra coach so that 74 more can sit down"
"Capacity on intercity routes should be about number of vehicles, not compressing people"
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« Reply #662 on: July 15, 2018, 10:59:35 am »

After several days of full length IETs, I observe half a dozen half length services today, lack of staff rather than lack of trains this time.
Whilst the failure of GWR to engage enough staff is not the fault of the new trains, it does represent another drawback of downgrading an intercity service to short DMUs.

Had we retained HSTs, or if the HSTs had been replaced with new full length intercity trains, then this situation would not have occurred.

Whilst a few half length trains may seem of little consequence if compared to the DOZENS of cancellations, it is at times like this that full length trains are needed.
To add insult to injury the five carriages locked out of use will probably be joined to the five coaches being used which will be absolutely rammed.
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