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Author Topic: Tonight at Reading (01-12-2018) - Useless Staff  (Read 1292 times)
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« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2018, 03:03:18 pm »

When I read "useless staff" in a title I think of something like ((this)) ... though I suppose that is more like useless through redundancy ...
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« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2018, 10:17:50 pm »

There's a number of relevant issues-

1. The problem at Reading now we have our new higher overbridge is that it's quite a treck back and forth between island platforms (ie - 14/5 to 12/3) - especially on the "B" (west) side where there are no down escalators.

2.  From the track diagram on Open Rail live, the final point/signal at which trains can be switched from the tracks into these four platforms looks quite close to the east end of the station.

3 . What seems to be missing is some kind of "interlock" between the system operating the points and the station passenger information systems - surely now we are getting real time train information on our smartphones something can be done about this?

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Weired, Do you not have an automated system to announce trains, like in Swindon. I also thought Reading would of had excellent displays and they worked]


Yes we have automated announcements and (sometimes) proactive station announcers who take care to let people know what is happening - but this seems to depend upon which staff happen to be on duty at the time. The new signage (fixed and electronic) is poor - badly positioned, insufficient in size and (like elsewhere) dependent upon whatever system sits behind them. By far the best signage is that above the information desk in Brunel Arcade - the part of the station not  renewed during the recent reconstruction! The next best are the screens in the waiting rooms - the rest on the platforms and overbridge are simply not up to the job. Had I been able to make the Rail Future event last month I was contemplating offering a tour of the station to highlight the issue!

5. Having said all that, GW should take steps to mitigate problems at this their busiest interchange station, whether the result is passengers leaving on the wrong train or simply the inconvenience (especially if you are elderly/carrying luggage, even with the lifts) of several trips up and down from the platforms. Should not someone keep an eye on developing situations likely to cause switching of platforms, issue suitable announcements (such as suggesting that passengers stay on the overbridge until a platform is confirmed - some more seats there would be welcome!) and then ensuring that when a platform is selected the information is given to passengers and sufficient time is given to enable them to get to their train?
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« Reply #17 on: December 04, 2018, 10:22:37 am »

Sad to report that I have experienced this a couple of times at Temple Meads in the past few weeks, two weeks ago I was on platform 6 waiting for a service to Weston, the train clearly pulled into 12, no update on any of the screens - it was only that I was checking the train through one of the links someone had previously posted on here that I twigged the service was on the "wrong" platform.
Pointing it out to a member of platform staff, they then radioed the PA guy who made the correction announcements
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« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2018, 11:53:57 am »

Sad to report that I have experienced this a couple of times at Temple Meads in the past few weeks, two weeks ago I was on platform 6 waiting for a service to Weston, the train clearly pulled into 12, no update on any of the screens - it was only that I was checking the train through one of the links someone had previously posted on here that I twigged the service was on the "wrong" platform.
Pointing it out to a member of platform staff, they then radioed the PA guy who made the correction announcements


I Find It quite unusual that you experienced problems at BTM, I have always had no problems at Bristol, There never were any problems when I visited there and Bristol panel still controlled the signalling, When a train got moved, The departure screen updated, Followed by an announcement, then everbody moved to that platform. I was there mostly in the days of first great western,Glad to get into coach D, and watch things on tv. Why did they do away with the entertainment coaches.
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« Reply #19 on: December 09, 2018, 09:00:57 pm »

Anymore problems at Reading, might be tomorrow with new timetables.


Just singing to the giant crumpet show advert. Then spills Horlicks.
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« Reply #20 on: December 09, 2018, 11:12:34 pm »

Anymore problems at Reading, might be tomorrow with new timetables.


Just singing to the giant crumpet show advert. Then spills Horlicks.
Just to clarify for those that may not be aware.

New timetable for SWR and Cross Country started today (9th December).
New timetable for GWR starts 1st Jan.
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« Reply #21 on: December 09, 2018, 11:24:59 pm »

Just to clarify for those that may not be aware.

New timetable for SWR and Cross Country started today (9th December).
New timetable for GWR starts 1st Jan.

Except that some GWR changes *did* almost happen today.  Locally to us, the earliest Sunday train to Swindon is move 8 minutes earlier and it starts back from Warminster ... hope no-one missed it, except that old chestnut "lack of a driver" caused it to be cancelled.

I have ... mixed feelings about superbly informed social media staff going off and driving trains ... there are some good folks around at the moment, but it's not like those fantastic pioneering days.  On the other hand, there is clearly still a driver shortage ...
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« Reply #22 on: December 09, 2018, 11:39:05 pm »

Just to clarify for those that may not be aware.

New timetable for SWR and Cross Country started today (9th December).
New timetable for GWR starts 1st Jan.

Except that some GWR changes *did* almost happen today.  Locally to us, the earliest Sunday train to Swindon is move 8 minutes earlier and it starts back from Warminster ... hope no-one missed it, except that old chestnut "lack of a driver" caused it to be cancelled.

I have ... mixed feelings about superbly informed social media staff going off and driving trains ... there are some good folks around at the moment, but it's not like those fantastic pioneering days.  On the other hand, there is clearly still a driver shortage ...

There are some bizarre subtleties in the public TT flowing from this. For instance, in Table 126, the down 1821 from Paddington to Hereford (till the end of December) becomes the 1822 on 31 December, but every single other timing is unchanged. So two columns are needed (both with the dreaded squiggly line), when a "safe side failure" would just have advertised it as 1821 throughout.
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« Reply #23 on: December 11, 2018, 12:37:38 am »


Except that some GWR changes *did* almost happen today.  Locally to us, the earliest Sunday train to Swindon is move 8 minutes earlier and it starts back from Warminster ... hope no-one missed it, except that old chestnut "lack of a driver" caused it to be cancelled.

I have ... mixed feelings about superbly informed social media staff going off and driving trains ... there are some good folks around at the moment, but it's not like those fantastic pioneering days.  On the other hand, there is clearly still a driver shortage ...
I think sometimes, Sundays feels like the timetable changes every week what with the various engineering works. I only drive in LTV land at the mo, so unfortunately don't go west of Didcot/Bedwyn.
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« Reply #24 on: December 11, 2018, 10:38:19 am »

Anymore problems at Reading, might be tomorrow with new timetables.


Just singing to the giant crumpet show advert. Then spills Horlicks.
Just to clarify for those that may not be aware.

New timetable for SWR and Cross Country started today (9th December).
New timetable for GWR starts 1st Jan.

Admittedly it was only a minute, but the 1553 GWR service from Temple Meads to Taunton is now 1552 ??
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« Reply #25 on: December 13, 2018, 10:54:01 pm »

Signs of some listening to passengers (or reading this thread)

1 - This morning, North Downs/SWR trains halted for a while by points problem at Wokingham. No staff in evidence around platforms 4-6, and announcements only mentioned Waterloo passengers might try via Paddington. I drifted back to platforms 1- 3 to take the Basingstoke/Woking/Guildford zigzag route. Noting a huddle of staff on the gateline, I walked over and suggested perhaps something might be announced for all those going to Gatwick, Guildford, Bracknell etc. I was told they needed Network Rail's approval to do so (?). However about 5 minutes later - announcements with guidance for all such destinations (albeit not loud enough....)

2 - This evening on the way back, the 18-57 departure form Reading to Didcot stopped over 20 minutes at Twyford with a fault, then evacuated on Platform 12 and following train terminating at Reading occupied platform 13. No platform allocated for delayed next stopper to Didcot (usually allocated to 12) on signs, but "manual" announcement, this time audible, to stay on overbridge until platform known!  When it arrived, reasonable time allowed to board.

Is this a sign of better practice being adopted?
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