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« Reply #30 on: March 22, 2020, 09:49:39 pm »

Severn Beach Line times have been updated. Basically it's been shutdown between 1000-1600. Commuter services only.
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« Reply #31 on: March 23, 2020, 12:33:37 am »

460 cancellations listed, mostly for tomorrow. Looks like a virtual shutdown.

Easiest way to see roughly what is still running is to look at the GWR (Great Western Railway) page at https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/live-network-updates/disruption-information .

460 sounds like a lot ... but how many services a day do GWR normally run?  I think I have seen a figure somewhere over a thousand.

At a very rough guess, 30-40% of the normal train service running, supplying demand to 5-10% of the usual passenger numbers.

Some stations do very well (Melksham for example), some do very badly (Tackley, Heyford for example).  Disappointing that exact timings aren't available for all routes still.

Will be reviewed each week and changes made as necessary I understand.

Currently I can't find any information as to what service TfL» (Transport for London - about) Rail will be operating into Paddington other than 'from next week until further notice, London Overground, TfL Rail, the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) and London Trams will run fewer services'.  Very vague, unless TaplowGreen can point us towards something more detailed?  I had the distinct feeling of being sent round in circles navigating the TfL website.
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« Reply #32 on: March 23, 2020, 06:01:28 am »

460 cancellations listed, mostly for tomorrow. Looks like a virtual shutdown.

Easiest way to see roughly what is still running is to look at the GWR (Great Western Railway) page at https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/live-network-updates/disruption-information .

460 sounds like a lot ... but how many services a day do GWR normally run?  I think I have seen a figure somewhere over a thousand.

At a very rough guess, 30-40% of the normal train service running, supplying demand to 5-10% of the usual passenger numbers.

Some stations do very well (Melksham for example), some do very badly (Tackley, Heyford for example).  Disappointing that exact timings aren't available for all routes still.

Will be reviewed each week and changes made as necessary I understand.

Currently I can't find any information as to what service TfL» (Transport for London - about) Rail will be operating into Paddington other than 'from next week until further notice, London Overground, TfL Rail, the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) and London Trams will run fewer services'.  Very vague, unless TaplowGreen can point us towards something more detailed?  I had the distinct feeling of being sent round in circles navigating the TfL website.

TfL services between Reading/Paddington are on National Rail Enquiries.

Service (from Taplow) has been reduced to half hourly (we're used to that from GWR days!) but seems to be running OK.
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« Reply #33 on: March 23, 2020, 10:00:37 am »

Thanks for that, so off-peak levels of service all day then?  A shame it’s not clearer on the TfL» (Transport for London - about) website.  Between GWR (Great Western Railway) and TfL Rail it’s a pretty reasonable service between Reading and Paddington for the local stations then.
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« Reply #34 on: March 23, 2020, 11:28:42 am »

As has happened before when there's an emergency timetable, Appleford and Culham get their best ever service, off-peak at least, with every Oxford<>Didcot shuttle calling at both of them.
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« Reply #35 on: March 23, 2020, 12:18:18 pm »

Thanks for that, so off-peak levels of service all day then?  A shame it’s not clearer on the TfL» (Transport for London - about) website.  Between GWR (Great Western Railway) and TfL Rail it’s a pretty reasonable service between Reading and Paddington for the local stations then.

Any indications of how busy the trains are on Thames Valley? If they're relatively busy then a taxi might be a better option for social distancing.
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« Reply #36 on: March 23, 2020, 12:44:40 pm »

Following on from earlier discussions in this thread:

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12:42 Salisbury to Cardiff Central due 14:46
12:42 Salisbury to Cardiff Central due 14:46 will call additionally at Avoncliff, Freshford, Oldfield Park and Keynsham.
This is due to a short-notice change to the timetable.

Changes such as this make sense ... longer distance trains filling in for the shorter distance stoppers.
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« Reply #37 on: March 23, 2020, 02:18:53 pm »

Severn Beach Line times have been updated. Basically it's been shutdown between 1000-1600. Commuter services only.
For some reason a 1311 ran BTM (Bristol Temple Meads (strictly, it should be BRI)) to Severn Beach, platform bloke was as surprised as I was.
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« Reply #38 on: March 23, 2020, 04:33:11 pm »

Any indications of how busy the trains are on Thames Valley? If they're relatively busy then a taxi might be a better option for social distancing.

I haven't had chance to see yet,but will report back when I do.  Anything medium to long distance is practically empty - maybe 5% of what you might expect?

With the frequencies in place, and length of train, on the Thames Valley routes, I would suspect they are also very quiet off-peak.

I reckon the 70% reduction quoted by the DfT» (Department for Transport - about) was an average over the whole of last week rather than the current situation which must be a bigger reduction than that.
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« Reply #39 on: March 23, 2020, 04:45:23 pm »

667 cancellations and 199 "updates"

Wow.
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« Reply #40 on: March 23, 2020, 04:54:25 pm »

Gives you a good perspective of how many trains GWR (Great Western Railway) normally runs.
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« Reply #41 on: March 23, 2020, 05:03:36 pm »

667 cancellations and 199 "updates"

Wow.

Gives you a good perspective of how many trains GWR (Great Western Railway) normally runs.

Bear in mind that's more than a day's worth though ... from now until end of service tomorrow as far as I can see

For tomorrow - 346 cancellations and 118 updates.
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« Reply #42 on: March 24, 2020, 07:11:52 am »

667 cancellations and 199 "updates"

Wow.

Gives you a good perspective of how many trains GWR (Great Western Railway) normally runs.

Bear in mind that's more than a day's worth though ... from now until end of service tomorrow as far as I can see

For tomorrow - 346 cancellations and 118 updates.


708/214 as at 0700
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« Reply #43 on: March 24, 2020, 08:59:33 am »

708/214 as at 0700

The 214 is not exactly "214 services running short". There are additional trains in there as well as curtailments, often on the same service.    Weymouth to Gloucester / Great Malvern has become Weymouth to Westbury and Bristol Temple Meads to Gloucester, with Westbury to Bristol passengers and intermediate stations covered on the Salisbury - Cardiff service.
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« Reply #44 on: March 24, 2020, 09:05:27 am »

I fear that GWR (Great Western Railway) Journey Check is so overloaded that it puts one off. Compare that with SWR» (South Western Railway - about), who have clearly adapted theirs to the new timetable. As a result the few changes there are can be readily seen.
Is this huge number because the new timetable has not been uploaded to their website?
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