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« on: June 24, 2019, 11:24:35 am »

Odd one this morning. The 0629 Swansea to Paddington was announced as stopping additionally at Severn Tunnel Junction (I got off at Cardiff; so no idea whether it actually happened, or was just some sort of glitch). I can't see any evidence of any sort of disruption. Anyone got any idea what this was about?
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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2019, 12:35:21 pm »

Odd one this morning. The 0629 Swansea to Paddington was announced as stopping additionally at Severn Tunnel Junction (I got off at Cardiff; so no idea whether it actually happened, or was just some sort of glitch). I can't see any evidence of any sort of disruption. Anyone got any idea what this was about?

Semi-educated guess - were there any short forms around on Cardiff via Bristol to Taunton or via Westbury services?    If so, extra stop could be a crowd-buster.    Sometimes done at Oldfield Park and Keynsham.

Edit - lots of short forms showing at present on Cardiff - Portsmouth so likely they were also short formed in the morning peak.
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2019, 01:40:13 pm »

This happens fairly often with this train if 0730 Cardiff to Portsmouth, a very busy service between Cardiff Cen and Bristol TM,  is short formed with only 3 (or even 2) carriages instead of the booked 5.      If short formed, passengers at Severn Tunnel Jcn are unable to board.

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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2019, 10:04:21 pm »

This happens fairly often with this train if 0730 Cardiff to Portsmouth, a very busy service between Cardiff Cen and Bristol TM,  is short formed with only 3 (or even 2) carriages instead of the booked 5.      If short formed, passengers at Severn Tunnel Jcn are unable to board.

I think it was 3 times last week, and again today...

The London train has a good connection into the 0812 BPW - WSM, so not too bad an option for S Wales to Filton Abbey Wood or Temple Meads.  Would help if there was an announcement at Newport that passengers awaiting the Portsmouth train might like to catch the London train instead: only when the Holyhead train has left P4 does the train indicator board say how many carriages will be on the Portsmouth train, by which time the London train is already on the approach to P3.

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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2019, 10:48:05 am »

Sometimes done at Oldfield Park and Keynsham.

Indeed - quite useful when it is done too! Also much easier to do now we have IET's where the TM doesn't have to walk up and down the train to make sure all the doors are shut!
Though would be nice for the decision making involved in this kind of thing to be more transparent to passengers.
Talking of Oldfield Park and Keynsham, my local stations, there have been times where it seemed to me (based on NRE, RTT etc) that a London service should be stopped but it wasn't, and other times where it hasn't made much sense for a service to be stopped when it has!
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2019, 06:00:22 am »

Stopping again this morning - and JourneyCheck confirms why

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07:30 Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour due 10:52
Facilities on the 07:30 Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour due 10:52.
This is due to a fault on this train.
Will be formed of 3 coaches instead of 5.

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The 06:29 Swansea to London Paddington (Cardiff Central at 07:26) will call additonally at Severn Tunnel Junction at 07:50.
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