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Author Topic: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion  (Read 95620 times)
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« Reply #975 on: November 30, 2018, 03:46:44 pm »

I should imagine the closer to Christmas we get the more well struggle with Friday and weekend coverage.

"We apologise for the cancellation of xxxx service, this is due to a staff Christmas party"
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« Reply #976 on: November 30, 2018, 09:14:55 pm »

I should imagine the closer to Christmas we get the more well struggle with Friday and weekend coverage.
Shame as its been a great few weeks with virtually no cancellations down to train crew to speak of.
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« Reply #977 on: December 02, 2018, 10:27:08 am »

I should imagine the closer to Christmas we get the more well struggle with Friday and weekend coverage.
Shame as its been a great few weeks with virtually no cancellations down to train crew to speak of.

I cant see it being that much of a problem, the only issues may be Sunday 23.

For me, coming to work gets me out of being dragged round the shops and Christmas markets!
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« Reply #978 on: December 02, 2018, 10:44:49 am »


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For me, coming to work gets me out of being dragged round the shops and Christmas markets!

Boo, hiss.  I love being dragged round shops.  Now reached the stage where I'm deposited in a coffee shop to await the returning shopper at some point.  Result  Grin Grin Cheesy
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« Reply #979 on: February 24, 2019, 07:31:43 am »

Back to the usual Sunday routine....cancelled due to "crew shortage" if they were drowning their sorrows following England's defeat in Cardiff yesterday, I have some sympathy.........

14:30 London Paddington to Cheltenham Spa due 16:47
16:27 London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads due 18:14
17:46 Cheltenham Spa to London Paddington due 20:06
17:53 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington due 19:45
18:50 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington due 20:46
20:03 London Paddington to Weston-Super-Mare due 22:35
20:57 London Paddington to Taunton due 22:48
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« Reply #980 on: February 24, 2019, 08:26:09 am »

Back to the usual Sunday routine....cancelled due to "crew shortage" if they were drowning their sorrows following England's defeat in Cardiff yesterday, I have some sympathy.........

14:30 London Paddington to Cheltenham Spa due 16:47
16:27 London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads due 18:14
17:46 Cheltenham Spa to London Paddington due 20:06
17:53 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington due 19:45
18:50 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington due 20:46
20:03 London Paddington to Weston-Super-Mare due 22:35
20:57 London Paddington to Taunton due 22:48


Well it promises to be a warm February day, warm enough to crowd around a busy barbeque to keep the chill off.
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« Reply #981 on: February 24, 2019, 08:32:32 am »

Well it promises to be a warm February day, warm enough to crowd around a busy barbeque to keep the chill off.

You are a cynic.  Is it also the last day of half term across much of the GWR area?   
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« Reply #982 on: February 24, 2019, 12:19:49 pm »

Half term is of course the main reason.  Doesn't bode well for the coming year on Sunday's though as there is currently more drivers than needed at most depots and training has reached a stage where it is no longer much of a problem.  Since last year all new drivers are required to work their rostered Sunday unless cover can be found - but as I said at the time, that will take years to make much of a difference.  Talks and planning for bringing Sunday into the 'working week' continue still with a target implementation date of December 2020 as far as I know.
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« Reply #983 on: February 24, 2019, 12:32:13 pm »

Still better than the non existent service last year
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« Reply #984 on: February 24, 2019, 01:01:32 pm »

Still better than the non existent service last year

True, though it was mainly Easter onwards until the end of the school holidays when cancellations were commonplace on Sundays last year.  It remains to be seen how this year will compare.  For the record I expect it to be better, but still expect an unacceptably high number of cancellations during high summer especially.
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« Reply #985 on: February 24, 2019, 04:36:23 pm »

Bit of everything on this one!!!

Delayed, shortformed, short of crew and no catering......at least the toilets are working? (one would hope!)

14:58 Carmarthen to London Paddington due 19:11 has been delayed at Swansea and is now 22 minutes late.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.
Will be formed of 5 coaches instead of 10. Catering is not available.
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« Reply #986 on: February 24, 2019, 05:38:05 pm »

Such a shame, I thought we had seen the back of this issue especially after a good Christmas/New Year and a good few weeks with little if any cancellations due to crew shortages.

Just for the record the 15.57 Pad-Tau and the 18.34 Tau-Pad have been added to the list along with the 18.51 Swa-Pad terminating at Bristol Parkway.

We can only hope today is just a blip, though Im not too confident it will be from what II is telling us  Sad
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« Reply #987 on: February 24, 2019, 05:50:51 pm »

We can only hope today is just a blip, though Im not too confident it will be from what II is telling us  Sad

I think the weekday and Saturday situation will be much improved this year as the majority of training has been completed and depot establishments are generally very healthy for the work that needs covering.  Though nothing much has changed on Sundays - all drivers who are HSS ones can simply say they're not coming in to work on Sundays providing they give adequate notice.  Two more summers of that at least until Sunday becomes part of the working week.
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