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Author Topic: Services from Devon and Cornwall to Swindon.  (Read 2174 times)
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« on: August 16, 2018, 12:04:00 pm »

Why do GWR chop and change with the direct nature of these services.

I travel between Swindon and Plymouth alot. And earlier in the year I caught various direct services. These were London to Penzance/Plymouth services that used the Melksham branch after swindon to reach Westbury.

However now I cannot book any sort of direct service which I assume is related to the May 2018 timetable change.

Was there a specific reason this element changed?
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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2018, 12:14:27 pm »

I make that journey relatively frequently.

GWR are slowly moving away from West of England services running via Bristol.  The former 10:00 to Paignton via Temple Meads has been replaced by a 10:33 which operates via Newbury for example.

However the picture has been slightly distorted by the electrification works which has seen the Berks & Hants route closed for days at a time since the Spring.  When that happens services are diverted via Bristol or Melksham and some call at Swindon.

If you are making a trip after the bank holiday on the 27th August you'll be in luck as diversions will again be in place on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
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