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« Reply #480 on: August 07, 2022, 09:49:28 am »

Do any of the ticket selling sites allow a deep link to a particular journey / fare search?

Evening connections at Salisbury remain so bad that eg the national rail site, fed a search for a via Salisbury return journey from say Bristol to Blackheath... now finds only a single evening service for which it is prepared to return a fare.

(All other services it identifies are routed via Southampton, against which the site lists 'No fares available for this journey'.)

A trip which last year, off-peak with a railcard, cost I think £33.00 from Bath - Blackheath is now £47.50 return via Paddington and anything via Salisbury entails travel into the late evening as the only connection which is half decent is off the last one of the day and an arrival time after midnight.

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« Reply #481 on: August 14, 2022, 09:17:20 am »

Hmm, in a probably heat related incident, a bit of Salisbury Station's glazed roof has shed panes of glass onto the platform and track. No one injured, though there's also been an injury accident to a passenger there this weekend. (Person versus wheelybag, been a victim myself a couple of years ago though luckly didn't faceplant.)

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« Reply #482 on: September 17, 2022, 02:34:30 pm »

I'm reflecting that it's a bit under 11 months since that meeting in Trowbridge, listening to a representative from the DfT» (Department for Transport - about) talking rather indistinctly about the lack of justification to fund the Bristol to Waterloo through services - that ceased last December.

His low key delivery provoked two members of the public to leave the meeting there and then as they could clearly see that the DfT was not in listening mode on this one.

This was a train service that would have made a growing contribution to transport provision across that part of Wiltshire, particularly at the time of the death of a monarch, but also into the future, as the nature of rail travel changes, with use of the railways not-for-commuting becoming more popular

Trowbridge, Warminster, in particular are now stuck with such poor evening connections from London that the likes of the national rail website directs passengers via Southampton despite it no longer being a valid route for through ticketing. At Salisbury, there's a tangible hole in the rail network from both the point of view of the travelling public and the online ticketing system. This at a time when Highways England are very keen to push through improvements to the A303.

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« Reply #483 on: September 23, 2022, 04:19:25 pm »

Coffee at a cafe in town yesterday, and I was pleased to hear that this is still a live issue with the public. A young guy got into a conversation with staff about having been caught up in OHLE-related delay shenanigans both Monday and Tuesday. On the Tuesday he returned via Salisbury - and both participants in the conversation were aware of the relatively recent loss of the direct trains to Waterloo and what a PITA (Pain in the A**e)* that was.

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« Reply #484 on: October 13, 2022, 08:40:55 am »

Around ten months out from the last of the well used Bristol Waterloo direct trains now, and SWR» (South Western Railway - about) have just surveyed some of their customer base and good to see that 'Bath Spa' was still in the options for the list of stations served by SWR in the timeframe for which they were surveying.

Answered honestly, the brief survey didn't quite capture that with the loss of the trains, my use of their network has fallen off a cliff (and my use of Wiltshire's roads somewhat increased). Job done, DfT» (Department for Transport - about). (Wrong job of course...)

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« Reply #485 on: December 22, 2022, 09:28:28 pm »

Just one year from the last Bristol to Waterloo trains, courtesy of an order from the DfT» (Department for Transport - about) that they cease to run.

Now, an article from 'Railway Gazette' with talk of Serpell and more, on the emerging threat to the network from that same DfT. There's a bit of a screenshot from the article on this Twitter thread:

https://twitter.com/HanneyDP/status/1606032263182950401

The article itself, on registration, is available here:

https://www.railwaygazette.com/uk/rail-leaders-frustrated-as-dft-tightens-grip-and-cuts-loom/63216.article

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