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« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2008, 08:28:53 am »

Yep - track access contract.
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« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2008, 02:50:40 pm »

The Cheltenham festival will get off to a storm-battered start tomorrow as gale force winds and driving rain look set to make the going heavy (links below.)
http://thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=231771&command=displayContent&sourceNode=231754&home=yes&more_nodeId1=231776&contentPK=20112068

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« Reply #17 on: March 11, 2008, 12:04:22 pm »

More in the links below.
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« Reply #18 on: March 12, 2008, 08:39:19 am »

BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) Breakfast News - Cheltenham Race Meeting abandoned today, to be rescheduled for later on this week.
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« Reply #19 on: March 12, 2008, 08:51:46 am »


It just proves that HM Governement has MORE control on Britains Railways today than when BR (British Rail(ways)) ran the system, BR just had a Budget and was told to get on with it.
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« Reply #20 on: March 12, 2008, 12:26:53 pm »

BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) Breakfast News - Cheltenham Race Meeting abandoned today, to be rescheduled for later on this week.

More in the links below.
http://thisisbristol.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=144913&command=displayContent&sourceNode=231190&home=yes&more_nodeId1=144922&contentPK=20128692

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An official Cheltenham statement issued to PA (Public Address) Sport read:

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"We have a weather forecast for today that predicts extremely strong winds over the next six or seven hours with a high degree of certainty.

"On that basis we have made the decision to abandon racing for today.

"The forecast for Thursday and Friday is much calmer and the races abandoned today will be rescheduled to be run on Thursday and Friday on extended cards, with a first race time of 12.30pm.

"The revised order of running and further details regarding Thursday and Friday will be issued in due course."

Ticket holders for Wednesday's card will receive a 100% refund, but those tickets will not be valid on Thursday or Friday.

The statement added: "There will be tickets on sale for all three enclosures tomorrow, using a higher capacity of 65,000.

"Friday is sold out."
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« Reply #21 on: March 12, 2008, 08:23:47 pm »

To give FGW (First Great Western) some credit, they plastered the ticket office and machines at BTM (Bristol Temple Meads (strictly, it should be BRI)) with notices advising of the cancellation, also the gatelines. And at the bottom of the notice it read "FGW apologise for any inconvenience caused". I don't think even their sternest critics would balme them for the cancellation of a race meeting. 
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« Reply #22 on: March 12, 2008, 08:54:41 pm »

I don't think even their sternest critics would balme them for the cancellation of a race meeting. 

To be fair, I dont think that anyone has.
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« Reply #23 on: March 12, 2008, 08:56:46 pm »

No, but it was curious that they were apologising for it on their notice.
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« Reply #24 on: March 12, 2008, 09:02:13 pm »

No, but it was curious that they were apologising for it on their notice.

This is true, but I guess they would see it as standard practice to apologise for any inconvenience to passengers intending to travel in these particular kinds of circumstances. It certainly wouldnt have done them any harm PR (Public Relations)-wise.

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Passengers should be advised that due to the Day 2 cancellations, passenger numbers to and from Cheltenham will be higher. In addition to this, the earlier first races mean that racegoers should attempt to catch earlier services if possible to help them get to the festival on time.
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« Reply #25 on: March 13, 2008, 01:58:03 am »

The 07:48 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa tomorrow, will have it's restriction eased, so Cheltenham passengers can use saver tickets Smiley
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