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« on: November 14, 2020, 05:01:00 pm »

A series of 4 cancellations this afternoon:

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22:46 Castle Cary to Weymouth due 23:47
22:46 Castle Cary to Weymouth due 23:47 will be cancelled.

This is due to a shortage of train crew.
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A rail replacement minibus has been arranged to operate between Castle Cary and Weymouth.
Journey times will be increased by up to 60 minutes.
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Off season, engineering curtailed, lockdown ... I suspect a minibus is adequate!

While reporting ...
20:33 London Paddington to Cheltenham Spa due 22:34
21:58 London Paddington to Bristol Parkway due 23:23
22:30 London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads due 00:04
all cancelled for the same reason.  Staff using up holiday before the end of the year? Not a good evening for a BBQ!
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2020, 05:57:21 pm »

Also a couple of services from London to Weston-super-Mare and Taunton formed of two or three car units from Bristol Temple Meads onwards because of a shortage of IET drivers.
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2020, 12:21:33 pm »

A series of 4 cancellations this afternoon:

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22:46 Castle Cary to Weymouth due 23:47
22:46 Castle Cary to Weymouth due 23:47 will be cancelled.

This is due to a shortage of train crew.

TO clarify the above - that was 4 services (two round trips) on that line yesterday.   The other three service I mentioned in the same post were in addition - IET evening trains out of Paddington.

And for today ...

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11:40 Castle Cary to Weymouth due 12:42
13:25 Weymouth to Castle Cary due 14:27
13:25 Weymouth to Castle Cary due 14:27 will be cancelled.
This is due to a problem currently under investigation.
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2020, 12:27:21 pm »

Staff using up holiday before the end of the year?

Yes, I should imagine so.  Plus of course, the increase in prevalence of Covid cases at the moment means more likelihood of staff self isolating.
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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2020, 05:17:59 pm »

Staff using up holiday before the end of the year?

Yes, I should imagine so.  Plus of course, the increase in prevalence of Covid cases at the moment means more likelihood of staff self isolating.

There are a couple of ToC I deal with who have a number of train crew either of sick with Covid or are having to self isolate due to a family member testing positive.
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