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« on: September 19, 2020, 07:38:22 pm »

Taking a return trip from Bookham to Epsom today I noticed that we had a half hourly service. Oh good, I thought. The Monday to Friday service should be back to normal on Monday then. Except it's not. Looking at the next few weeks there is a 30 minute frequency on Saturdays and a 60 minute frequency every other day.

I wonder why. There weren't many people on this 8-10 carriage train in either direction. Perhaps it gets busier after Epsom. The same journey Monday to Friday is a lot busier.
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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2020, 10:31:45 pm »

I?ve noticed this too that the Saturday SWR timetable is better than the Monday-Friday timetable on some lines. So yes maybe Saturday is the new peak for travel by train these days.
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2020, 07:41:46 am »

I?ve noticed this too that the Saturday SWR timetable is better than the Monday-Friday timetable on some lines. So yes maybe Saturday is the new peak for travel by train these days.

Not just SWR ... TransWilts through Melksham is back up to 100% on Saturdays, and 88% on Monday to Friday - not as dramatic as Bookham, but still leaving a gap in the early evening - if you miss the train just after five thirty from Swindon (a good after-work train for central Swindon), you'll be waiting until quarter to nine for the next and final one of the day. 

How are other GWR lines doing?     Severn Beach?    Exmouth?   Gunnislake?  Falmouth?   Missing services on locals in the Bristol area?

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