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« Reply #240 on: August 16, 2021, 06:03:17 »

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06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08

06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08 will be reinstated.
It will be terminated at Westbury.
It will no longer call at Dilton Marsh, Warminster, Salisbury, Romsey and Southampton Central.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.
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« Reply #241 on: August 16, 2021, 13:27:33 »

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17:50 Gloucester to Southampton Central due 20:36

17:50 Gloucester to Southampton Central due 20:36 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.
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« Reply #242 on: August 17, 2021, 06:55:34 »

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17:50 Gloucester to Southampton Central due 20:36

17:50 Gloucester to Southampton Central due 20:36 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.
For the record, the Gloucester to Westbury section was later reinstated.

Bus connection provided from Westbury on to Southampton.
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« Reply #243 on: August 17, 2021, 08:14:14 »

For the record, the Gloucester to Westbury section was later reinstated.

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Bus connection provided from Westbury on to Southampton.

Yuk! 

Noting significant concern from DILTON MARSH at all the cancellations that are happening there; a noticeable part of their sparse service is provided by the extended TransWilts trains at 06:11 and 18:52 from Swindon, and their return workings from Southampton. 

Whilst there's no other passenger trains through Melksham (on the Swindon - Westbury leg), there ARE other services from Westbury to Southampton, and I wouldn't have thought it beyond the wit of train control to add an extra stop on one of these when the TransWilts extensions are cancelled south of Westbury.   But then ... the folks in train control are looking after thousands of journeys, tens of thousand of individual stops - so perhaps we should flag up to them .... if you cancel a train due to call at Dilton Marsh, please stop one of the Portsmouth to Cardiff (and Cardiff to Portsmouth) trains there to give the passengers a [real/rail] alternative..  The stops are already made by a handful of these trains, early morning and evening - no reason not to do so in place of a cancelled TransWilts extension.

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« Reply #244 on: August 17, 2021, 13:44:19 »

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13:15 Swindon to Westbury due 13:56
14:20 Westbury to Swindon due 15:02

Facilities on the 14:20 Westbury to Swindon due 15:02.
Toilet facilities are not available.
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« Reply #245 on: August 18, 2021, 09:09:04 »

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17:50 Gloucester to Southampton Central due 20:36
17:50 Gloucester to Southampton Central due 20:36 will be terminated at Westbury.
It will no longer call at Dilton Marsh, Warminster, Salisbury, Romsey and Southampton Central.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.

Is Dilton Marsh moving towards an even greater percentage cancellations than Melksham?

What alternative arrangements are there for customers to and from there?
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« Reply #246 on: August 18, 2021, 17:16:51 »

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17:50 Gloucester to Southampton Central due 20:36
17:50 Gloucester to Southampton Central due 20:36 will be terminated at Westbury.
It will no longer call at Dilton Marsh, Warminster, Salisbury, Romsey and Southampton Central.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.

Is Dilton Marsh moving towards an even greater percentage cancellations than Melksham?

What alternative arrangements are there for customers to and from there?

Reinstated now
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« Reply #247 on: August 19, 2021, 21:03:39 »

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20:06 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 22:05
20:06 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 22:05 will be delayed at Swindon.
This is due to the train departing late to maintain customer connections.

Sounds like common sense.
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« Reply #248 on: August 20, 2021, 05:34:07 »

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05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 05:59
06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:08
09:45 Westbury to Swindon due 10:34
11:05 Swindon to Westbury due 11:46
12:20 Westbury to Swindon due 13:02
13:15 Swindon to Westbury due 13:56
14:20 Westbury to Swindon due 15:02
15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55
16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:08

16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:08
Facilities on the 16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:08.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.
Will be formed of 3 coaches instead of 5.
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Err ... surprised at 5 cars in the first place.
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« Reply #249 on: August 21, 2021, 10:43:39 »

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10:33 Westbury to Swindon due 11:17
10:33 Westbury to Swindon due 11:17 will be cancelled.
This is due to a fault on this train.
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« Reply #250 on: August 22, 2021, 06:11:52 »

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11:03 Weymouth to Swindon due 13:27
11:03 Weymouth to Swindon due 13:27 will be terminated at Westbury.
It will no longer call at Trowbridge, Melksham, Chippenham and Swindon.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.
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« Reply #251 on: August 22, 2021, 09:33:00 »

14:47 Westbury to Swindon due 15:29
14:47 Westbury to Swindon due 15:29 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.

13:41 Swindon to Weymouth due 15:51
13:41 Swindon to Weymouth due 15:51 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.
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« Reply #252 on: August 22, 2021, 11:08:34 »

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I wondered who would take up the mantle.........  Grin
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« Reply #253 on: August 22, 2021, 11:28:02 »

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15:41 Swindon to Frome due 16:31

15:41 Swindon to Frome due 16:31 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.

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16:41 Frome to Swindon due 17:34

16:41 Frome to Swindon due 17:34 will be started from Westbury.
It will no longer call at Frome.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.
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« Reply #254 on: August 22, 2021, 11:32:24 »

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I wondered who would take up the mantle.........  Grin

Thank goodness we have made the very blunt (and heart-breaking) decision at the Melksham Transport User Group NOT to promote train use to new leisure travellers from our station this summer. 

I would be embarrassed to have to explain what had gone wrong on something we suggested, and with cancellations more days than not - leaving 4 HOUR gaps between trains per typical connection, likely to do more harm to long term prospects than any good from working days.

For sure, we can be sympathetic to a shortage of staff due to covid. But that sympathy has to be tempered by problems explained for other reasons in previous years.  Tempered further by a feeling that staff numbers had been reduced to just enough to run a fair-weather service if everything was OK with no contingency. And tempered by us noticing that someone who has to decide which services to cancel thinks it's OK to leave 4 hour gaps on our line, while running trains 30 minutes apart elsewhere.

I travelled from Melksham yesterday.
... on a wet Saturday.
... in the opposite direction to the major flow from the town.
And that 2 car train was busy - around 100 passengers.  We are NOT short or passengers, even if not promoting

How much of a success? Well - the 2014 to 2016 trial (and beyond) were a one carriage train, with a challenge to get 20 users on the average train to, from or through Melksham.   Ladies and Gentlemen at GWR (Great Western Railway) and the DfT» (Department for Transport - about),  we have met your aspirations 5 times over in spite of the issues with the service.  Please have the good grace to step up the reliability of our service, in line with other lines, such that we don't have any longer wait at Melksham than there would be at Warminster or Stroud or Furze Platt in the event or a cancellation.   Levelling up, please!

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