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Author Topic: A welcome to XC from Bristol to Swindon. Delighted to have you; we have space  (Read 335 times)
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« on: November 03, 2018, 10:42:57 am »

While Filton Bank is closed ... we have (weekdays, including peak times) Cross Country Voyagers running up / none stop through Chippenham.

Noting / watching activity over the last couple of days - I note virtually zero interference between these extra trains, London expresses, Bristol to Portsmouth regional expresses and local trains to and via Westbury.  Just saying that old capacity excuses about being unable to run Bristol - Oxford because of Bristol  - Bath capacity seem to be being proven to be somewhat porkies!
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2018, 11:04:12 am »

Lets see what capacity there is when Bristol Temple Meads(excl) to Thingley Junction is resignalled in April 2019.

Did I note that a few diverted XC services are stopping at Bath during the evening?
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2018, 11:19:22 am »

No need to worry about that - I remember when I read the Network Rail memo that said under no circumstances was the capacity available for the Romsey/Salisbury Six service proposal. Cue a couple of JFDI emails from DfT, and before you knew it, "further pathing investigations" were taking place et voila!
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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2018, 11:21:38 am »

While Filton Bank is closed ... we have (weekdays, including peak times) Cross Country Voyagers running up / none stop through Chippenham.
Noting / watching activity over the last couple of days - I note virtually zero interference between these extra trains, London expresses, Bristol to Portsmouth regional expresses and local trains to and via Westbury.  Just saying that old capacity excuses about being unable to run Bristol - Oxford because of Bristol  - Bath capacity seem to be being proven to be somewhat porkies!


And since the coal trains from Avonmouth To Didcot ceased running, those paths between Wotton Bassett and Didcot are now ancient history so capacity between these latter two locations should be no problem, The DfT, NR and GWR must think all of us customers (passengers) are the typical village idiot but we ain't.
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2018, 11:27:34 am »

Lets see what capacity there is when Bristol Temple Meads(excl) to Thingley Junction is resignalled in April 2019.

Did I note that a few diverted XC services are stopping at Bath during the evening?

Bath is a major tourist city,  with (I think) one of the highest incomes of any station if measured in proportion to the number of platforms in use.   There is real scope for longer distance services from there in the future ... at present under a non-engineering timetable, there is a single daily departure via Birmingham and not a single through service coming back - and even that single departure is under threat.

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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2018, 12:29:57 pm »

Did I note that a few diverted XC services are stopping at Bath during the evening?
Pretty much all diverted XC services are stopping at Bath which makes sense as there would be a fair few XC related journies that start/end there. Pick up only northbound. Set down only southbound.
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