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« Reply #30 on: September 20, 2020, 04:46:03 pm »

When I started writing this post I thought I had the answer, although I have found supporting evidence for one of my stances. And that is I am now more than ever glad my name is not Keith Williams  Grin

The DfT» (Department for Transport - about) have just released this video featuring Williams explaining why you should take the train rather than fly:

Oh wait...but at least broadgage would approve  Grin

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« Reply #31 on: September 21, 2020, 12:27:07 am »

Indeed, the good old days, even if probably a mock up in a film studio and not an actual train.

A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #32 on: September 21, 2020, 09:02:52 am »

Back on topic at ... no longer "looking forward" as 21st September is here, with a press release from the DfT» (Department for Transport - about) and a quiet community as people digest the news (or are underwhelmed by it)

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« Reply #33 on: August 27, 2021, 01:09:48 pm »

An update on the published documents for the current "Franchise", made up of the direct award (signed 29/3/2020), the EMA that modified it, and the Train Service Requirement which wasn't published before. That (TSR1) is now available via the "Great Western 2020 rail franchise agreement" web page, as is a revised direct award agreement.

There's no way I know of to find all the revisions - in the past they have been marked only by a footnote in the text. However, in this case I suspect the only updates are the following derogations, none of them recent:
i 18 June 2020 (Date of Derogation Letter) - The Secretary of State has granted the Franchisee a derogation against the requirements of Paragraph 4.7(i) of Schedule 1.4 in order to give longer to address the policy questions raised by COVID-19.
Original Due Date: 28/06/2020
Revised Due Date: 16/11/2020

ii 30 June 2020 (Date of Derogation Letter) - The Secretary of State has granted the Franchisee a derogation against the requirements of Paragraph 4.2 of Schedule 6.1 (Completion of committed obligations from the Previous Franchise Agreement).
Original Due Date: 30/06/2020
Revised Due Date: 30/09/2020

iii 30 June 2020 (Date of Derogation Letter) - The Secretary of State has granted the Franchisee a derogation against the requirements of Paragraph 96 of Schedule 6.2 (WAN Capability at Stations).
Original Due Date: 30/06/2020
Revised Due Date: 30/09/2020

iv 30 June 2020 (Date of Derogation Letter) - The Secretary of State has granted the Franchisee a derogation against the requirements of Paragraph 2.6 of Schedule 13.1 (Community Rail Partnerships).
Original Due Date: 30/06/2020
Revised Due Date: 30/09/2020

The TSR (Temporary Speed Restriction) is entirely lacking in dates, but some parts read like it should have been part of the ITT (Invitation to Tender) for this contract. As a direct award there wasn't an open ITT, but this would still have been needed as part of the contract that First signed.
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