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« on: February 04, 2021, 03:12:11 pm »

From the GWR (Great Western Railway) Media Centre

Additional station stops on trains between Paddington and Bedwyn are intended to help those travelling to the new vaccination centre established at the Racecourse and are in additional to the present hourly timetabled services between Newbury and Reading.

GWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood said:

“Rail continues to play a key role in providing travel for key workers during the pandemic, and now in helping to carry people to their vaccination.

“While we have taken some sensible measures to reduce our timetable during the present lockdown, this allows us to able to quickly respond to changes in demand, making sure that we can be relied upon at this time to help people travel safely and with confidence where they are able to.”

The extra services will begin to operate from Monday 8 February.

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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2021, 04:31:52 pm »

Excellent stuff.  Well done to Geordie Taylor for making the suggestion, and GWR (Great Western Railway) for acting on it promptly.

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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2021, 08:22:21 pm »

What a good idea!

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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2021, 07:06:35 am »

In terms of West Berkshire (it is their CCG that is running the centre) more buses would probably be more practical to get people in from outlying areas.
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2021, 11:53:15 am »

Absolutely, but it's great to see the railways do their bit.  As I said a while back, I'd certainly noticed an increase in older passenger travelling since the middle of last month. 

To nick a phrase from Tesco, 'Every little helps', and it all contributes to the wider vaccination programme and to what is so far a fantastic effort in using the biggest weapon we have against the virus.

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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2021, 03:46:17 pm »

If you live in Hungerford or Kintbury, this is a real boon. It may even benefit those who do use the bus to get to Newbury as it shortens the walk from the bus station to the racecourse (Not helped by the fact that the stands being used are at the western end of the course).

An all round brilliant effort and I hope that this goodwill continues as we get closer to normality.
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