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Author Topic: May Bank Holiday 2018 - 100% Cancellations  (Read 1098 times)
CJB666
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« on: May 02, 2018, 09:06:16 am »

No GWR trains over the long weekend between Paddington and Reading. Yet NO booklets - no information - detailing the alternative arrangements. I asked at Paddington and they looked at me sideways (Oz. expression) implying why would I even bother to ask for such a thing?

So bustitution is the order of the day - every day. Wonder how airline folks without the HEX and HConn will get to Heathrow?

The ONLY plus point is that some HSTs might be diverted to run on the Greenford or West Ruislip Branches - from a gricer's point of view. But why no GWR services out of Waterloo like they've done in the past?



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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2018, 09:24:31 am »

Hourly services to West of England and South Wales via Bristol from Paddington on Saturday and Monday. 2 hourly services to West of England and South Wales from Marylebone on Sunday. Hourly service Bristol-Reading and less frequent Exeter-Reading Saturday-Monday.

For London to Reading suggest using Waterloo-Reading services or change at Basingstoke.
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2018, 11:07:41 am »

Which May bank holiday are we talking about?
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2018, 11:32:11 am »

Which May bank holiday are we talking about?
This weekend
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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2018, 01:51:17 pm »

And trains to Heathrow - or buses or cabs or nothing?
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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2018, 02:41:33 pm »

And trains to Heathrow - or buses or cabs or nothing?

HC and HX are pretty well as normal on 5th and 7th, just no Hanwell or West Ealing calls and some changes late and early. Nothing on 6th, though - and the official answer is "Piccadilly"
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2018, 03:47:19 pm »

And trains to Heathrow - or buses or cabs or nothing?

HC and HX are pretty well as normal on 5th and 7th, just no Hanwell or West Ealing calls and some changes late and early. Nothing on 6th, though - and the official answer is "Piccadilly"

And for those who bought HEX & HConn tickets in advance these wont be valid on the Piccadilly Line will they? Another rip-off Britain scam?
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2018, 04:23:48 pm »

And for those who bought HEX & HConn tickets in advance these wont be valid on the Piccadilly Line will they? Another rip-off Britain scam?

Surely you could just get a refund in that case as there isn't a service running?
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2018, 04:42:16 pm »

Full details including a very detailed map of what services are running can be found below:

https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/planned-engineering/slough2018
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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2018, 05:06:47 pm »

There have been some late changes to early morning services on Saturday.  (I know for certain because the train I was planning to catch from Reading westwards at 06:58 has disappeared from the timetable.)

There is also a solitary train from Bristol Temple Meads (05:30) to Paddington (07:14) via Reading which looks to be an error as it is the only through service.  Network Rail are working on the timetable today and ironing out any errors/oversights.  Updated version should be on line in the morning.
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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2018, 09:56:33 am »

To confirm the 05:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington has been removed as has an evening service which was shown as running from Paddington to Cardiff.

If you are travelling this weekend it might be worth checking journey planners again, now the new information has been uploaded.
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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2018, 10:07:21 am »

It was shocking that the final timetable for services on the 5th of May between South Wales and London via Bath was finalized just yesterday! There's still gaps in services appearing on this line on Bank Holiday Monday as well.

Services between the South West and London via Bristol were available quite sometime back.

What is going on at Network Rail that they can't even finalize a timetable now just even a few days out?
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« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2018, 11:17:47 am »

See GWR’s response to the late changes in this thread.

http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=19757.msg237170#msg237170
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« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2018, 06:35:35 am »

It was shocking that the final timetable for services on the 5th of May between South Wales and London via Bath was finalized just yesterday! There's still gaps in services appearing on this line on Bank Holiday Monday as well.

Services between the South West and London via Bristol were available quite sometime back.

What is going on at Network Rail that they can't even finalize a timetable now just even a few days out?

Meltdown Monday ... the services that were added to the timetable from South Wales to London have all (?) been taken away again

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Cancellations to services between Swindon and London Paddington

Due to a shortage of train crew between Swindon and London Paddington fewer trains are able to run.
Train services running to and from these stations may be cancelled or diverted to and from Reading. London Paddington will not be served. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.

Customer Advice

It has not been possible to resource sufficient additional road transport to operate between Reading and London due to other replacement road transport commitments. Therefore, the following advice stands for customers travelling to or from London:

Travel towards London Paddington:

A limited, non-stop train service will operate between Swindon and London Paddington. These will principally be services that originated in the West of England, Devon and Cornwall. These services are anticipated to be exceptionally busy; customers are strongly advised to only travel on these services if they already hold a reservation.

The majority of train services originally advertised to operate South Wales - Swindon - London Paddington will be diverted from Swindon and terminate at Reading. They will not serve Oxford or London Paddington.

Upon arrival at Reading customers are advised to travel on the XX05 Reading to Basingstoke service; and change at Basingstoke for South Western Railways' XX43 or XX57 Basingstoke to London Waterloo service.

The journey time from Reading to London Waterloo; including changing trains at Basingstoke is approximately 90 minutes.

South Western Railway have kindly agreed to accept GWR tickets for these journeys.
Cross Country have also kindly agreed to accept GWR tickets for journeys between Reading and Basingstoke.

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Travel from London Paddington:

A limited, non-stop service will operate between London Paddington and Swindon. These services will principally continue to destinations in the West of England, Devon and Cornwall. These services are anticipated to be exceptionally busy; customers are strongly advised to only travel on these services if they already hold a reservation.

The majority of train services originally advertised to operate London Paddington - Swindon - South Wales will be amended to start from Reading. After the departure of the 07:57 London Paddington to Swansea there will be no direct services from London to South Wales.

Customers travelling from London to South Wales are advised to make their way to London Waterloo and travel on the XX39 South Western Railways' service from London Waterloo to Poole, and change at Basingstoke for the XX36 Great Western Railway service from Basingstoke to Reading; or the XX49 Cross Country service from Basingstoke to Manchester Piccadilly; then change at Reading for onward rail connections to South Wales departing Reading at XX20.

The journey time from London Waterloo to Reading; including change trains at Basingstoke is approximately 80 minutes.

South Western Railway and Cross Country have both kindly agreed to accept GWR tickets for these journeys.

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Additional Information
Due to high volumes of engineering works across the country; delays have been encountered in the Railway Industry producing timetables for this bank holiday weekend (Saturday 5th to Monday 7th May).

As a result, this has affected Great Western Railway's ability to prepare, plan and run many of the train services initially advertised to run over the weekend. Insufficient train crew are available to meet the demands of the timetable originally planned to run. It has also impacted the quality of information available on some journey planners used by customers.

Customers travelling between Swindon and Reading, and Swindon and London Paddington on Monday should only travel if absolutely necessary. Customers who decide not to travel on these routes will be eligible for a full refund of their fares; and should visit out refunds page for further details.

Further Information
An update will follow within the next 2 hours.
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« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2018, 07:51:38 am »

Just to compound things - the first train from Swansea to London has been stationary near Wootton Bassett junction for over an hour due to a fault.  Likely to be terminated at Swindon once they get it moving.
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