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« on: October 31, 2019, 08:18:10 am »

Just a co-incidence that two branches are loosing service today?  Or is there a background cause such as preparations for December 15th when TfL» (Transport for London - about) take over many services and GWR (Great Western Railway) will require less drivers?

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08:39 Windsor & Eton Central to Slough due 08:45
08:39 Windsor & Eton Central to Slough due 08:45 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.

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08:42 Greenford to West Ealing due 08:53
08:42 Greenford to West Ealing due 08:53 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.
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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2019, 05:37:45 pm »

Just a co-incidence that two branches are loosing service today?  Or is there a background cause such as preparations for December 15th when TfL» (Transport for London - about) take over many services and GWR (Great Western Railway) will require less drivers?

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08:39 Windsor & Eton Central to Slough due 08:45
08:39 Windsor & Eton Central to Slough due 08:45 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.

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08:42 Greenford to West Ealing due 08:53
08:42 Greenford to West Ealing due 08:53 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.

Maidenhead - Marlow virtually wiped out
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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2019, 11:16:43 pm »

Just a co-incidence that two branches are loosing service today?  Or is there a background cause such as preparations for December 15th when TfL» (Transport for London - about) take over many services and GWR (Great Western Railway) will require less drivers?

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08:39 Windsor & Eton Central to Slough due 08:45
08:39 Windsor & Eton Central to Slough due 08:45 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.

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08:42 Greenford to West Ealing due 08:53
08:42 Greenford to West Ealing due 08:53 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.

Maidenhead - Marlow virtually wiped out

Only Henley running properly then!

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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2019, 06:31:43 pm »

The train crew travel by passenger service from Reading booing on point so if the TV service between Reading and Pad has problem then the crew straggle also they might get reassigned.  The other issue with the Marlow branch is the second unit in the peaks which runs ECS (Empty Coaching Stock) from Reading Depot which means it can get cancelled if there are problems on the Reliefs
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2019, 08:48:57 pm »

The train crew travel by passenger service from Reading booing on point so if the TV service between Reading and Pad has problem then the crew straggle also they might get reassigned.  The other issue with the Marlow branch is the second unit in the peaks which runs ECS (Empty Coaching Stock) from Reading Depot which means it can get cancelled if there are problems on the Reliefs

Surely if there are problems between Reading & Paddington someone has sufficient common sense to put the crew in a taxi?  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2019, 10:56:35 pm »

Surely if there are problems between Reading & Paddington someone has sufficient common sense to put the crew in a taxi?  Roll Eyes

If that’s the best option they would, yes.  Waiting for the next train 15 minutes later would usually be a far quicker option in the case of Reading to Maidenhead.
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2019, 07:26:04 am »

Surely if there are problems between Reading & Paddington someone has sufficient common sense to put the crew in a taxi?  Roll Eyes

If that’s the best option they would, yes.  Waiting for the next train 15 minutes later would usually be a far quicker option in the case of Reading to Maidenhead.

There were multiple cancellations between Reading and Paddington due to crew shortages. The fact that the Marlow services were wiped out would suggest that common sense did not prevail.
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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2019, 10:36:35 am »

To me it suggests the decision was taken to sacrifice the Marlow branch to run more services on the main line, or 'reassigned' as Electric Train put it.  If you're short on drivers, is it more sensible to provide more driver only main line trains than cover a branch line which is more easily and effectively replaced by road transport?
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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2019, 06:38:40 pm »

To me it suggests the decision was taken to sacrifice the Marlow branch to run more services on the main line, or 'reassigned' as Electric Train put it.  If you're short on drivers, is it more sensible to provide more driver only main line trains than cover a branch line which is more easily and effectively replaced by road transport?

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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2019, 11:29:12 pm »

Eh?
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