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« on: February 10, 2019, 04:27:02 pm »

From the May timetable change there will be a new early morning CrossCountry service from Bristol Temple Meads to Stansted Airport.

Departing Bristol TM at 0613 and arriving Stansted at 1141. Whilst the end to end journey isn't very practical it does provide an earlier morning service from Bristol to Gloucester. The 0630 to Glasgow Central will still be the earliest service for Bristol to Cheltenham Spa as this passes the Stansted service while it is at Gloucester.

Later in 2019 this service will also be calling at Worcestershire Parkway when that new station opens.

This new service has come about because CrossCountry are now stabling a Class 170 DMU overnight at Bristol Barton Hill depot. Rather than run ECS to Gloucester it's been decided to start the passenger service from Bristol TM. Clearance work for Class 170s into the Bristol area is (or has) been done. Currently the service to Stansted Airport starts at Gloucester and the unit for it is, I believe, detached from a Birmingham New St to Cardiff Central service.

There is no late evening XC Class 170 passenger service back into Bristol TM. A new service runs 2018 Leicester - Gloucester 2235 (an extension of a current service from Leicester to Birmingham NS), which then runs ECS to Bristol Barton Hill to stable overnight.

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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2019, 04:49:06 pm »

The 0630 to Glasgow Central will still be the earliest service for Bristol to Cheltenham Spa as this passes the Stansted service while it is at Gloucester.

Is that (still) the 06:09 from Bath Spa?

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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2019, 05:08:23 pm »

The 0630 to Glasgow Central will still be the earliest service for Bristol to Cheltenham Spa as this passes the Stansted service while it is at Gloucester.

Is that (still) the 06:09 from Bath Spa?

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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2019, 07:56:32 am »

Nice to see an extra (fast) morning service from Gloucester.

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