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Author Topic: Falmouth branch closed due to signalling issue (no RR Buses) 25 Sep 2021.  (Read 1603 times)
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« on: September 25, 2021, 08:53:28 pm »

Due to a fault with the signalling system between Truro and Falmouth Docks the line is blocked.
Impact:
Train services running to and from these stations may be cancelled or delayed. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.
Customer Advice:
Owing to difficulties sourcing replacement road transport customers are advised not to travel. Customers may use the local bus routes below to complete their journey.
First Kernow route T1: Penzance (Station) - St Erth (Station) - Hayle - Camborne (Bus Station) - Redruth (Station) - Truro, First Kernow route T2: St Ives (Bus Station) - Carbis Bay - Lelant - Hayle - Camborne (Bus Station) - Redruth (Station) - Truro, First Kernow route U1: Truro (Bus Station) - Penryn (Station) - Falmouth (The Moor) and First Kernow route U2: Redruth (Station) - Penryn (Station) - Falmouth (The Moor) are conveying passengers via any reasonable route until further notice.

Tiger indicates all services cancelled for the rest of the day.
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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2022, 07:28:16 am »

From journeycheck
Cancellations to services between Truro and Falmouth Docks
Due to a fault with the signalling system between Truro and Falmouth Docks the line is closed. (Lightning strike yesterday)
Train services running to and from these stations will be cancelled. Disruption is expected until 09:00 06/09.
Customer Advice
We're sorry for the disruption to your journey this morning.

We have been unable to source any replacement transport to run in place of the train service as local operators have no taxis or coaches available. (First day back for most school/College pupils)

We have also been unable to arrange for your tickets to be accepted on the local buses between Truro and Falmouth, we are still trying to do this. Until then, if you wish to use local buses, please purchase a ticket on the bus, keep it and send it, together with your train ticket, to us to claim for a refund of the bus fare.

Lightning strikes damaged signalling equipment at Penryn yesterday. Network Rail are finishing their work to fix and test this this morning.

I don't understand why no bus acceptance of rail tickets.  This has always come in to force when the branch goes down. Radio shout from control to accept all tickets.
Truronian did have a contract with GWR (Great Western Railway) to be on standby 24x7, but that hasn't come into play it seems.
GoCornwall were wanting the standby contract, but that's another query.
Cornwall Council were trying to integrate rail and bus interchanges, etc.
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2022, 09:23:16 am »

Any clue as to when the line will be open again? Due to go to Falmouth this Saturday.
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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2022, 09:33:55 am »

Any clue as to when the line will be open again? Due to go to Falmouth this Saturday.

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Trains now running normally between Truro and Falmouth Docks
Following a fault with the signalling system earlier today between Truro and Falmouth Docks the line has now reopened.
Train services running to and from these stations are now running normally.

Last Updated:06/09/2022 08:46
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2022, 12:40:25 pm »

Could not a basic service be offered without any signaling ? "one engine in steam"
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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2022, 12:51:45 pm »

Could not a basic service be offered without any signaling ? "one engine in steam"

Unlikely if fixing and testing of axle counters is taking place (multiple ones failed AIUI (as I understand it))...

Lightning strikes damaged signalling equipment at Penryn yesterday. Network Rail are finishing their work to fix and test this this morning.
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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2022, 06:46:52 pm »

I'm three miles as the crow flies from Penryn, Not surprised at all, Lunchtime yesterday was Armageddon with a 90 minute storm. All hell broke loose on the roads so I'm totally understanding of the Bus and Taxi companies not willing to operate a RR service at all. Extraordinary as there really wasn't much notice and once the storm passed a respectable afternoon for early September followed.
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« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2022, 08:48:38 pm »

From journeycheck
Cancellations to services between Truro and Falmouth Docks
Due to a fault with the signalling system between Truro and Falmouth Docks the line is closed. (Lightning strike yesterday)
Train services running to and from these stations will be cancelled. Disruption is expected until 09:00 06/09.
Customer Advice
We're sorry for the disruption to your journey this morning.

We have been unable to source any replacement transport to run in place of the train service as local operators have no taxis or coaches available. (First day back for most school/College pupils)

We have also been unable to arrange for your tickets to be accepted on the local buses between Truro and Falmouth, we are still trying to do this. Until then, if you wish to use local buses, please purchase a ticket on the bus, keep it and send it, together with your train ticket, to us to claim for a refund of the bus fare.

Lightning strikes damaged signalling equipment at Penryn yesterday. Network Rail are finishing their work to fix and test this this morning.

I don't understand why no bus acceptance of rail tickets.  This has always come in to force when the branch goes down. Radio shout from control to accept all tickets.
Truronian did have a contract with GWR (Great Western Railway) to be on standby 24x7, but that hasn't come into play it seems.
GoCornwall were wanting the standby contract, but that's another query.
Cornwall Council were trying to integrate rail and bus interchanges, etc.
Puzzled of Penwith

GWR will have phoned FTS to arrange transport or ticket acceptance. FTS will probably phone the Truro office number which won’t have been manned that early in the morning. For out of normal office hours (8-6 ish) they’d likely get a better response from Camborne or summercourt duty control?
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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2022, 06:24:09 am »


GWR (Great Western Railway) will have phoned FTS to arrange transport or ticket acceptance. FTS will probably phone the Truro office number which won’t have been manned that early in the morning. For out of normal office hours (8-6 ish) they’d likely get a better response from Camborne or summercourt duty control?
FTS https://www.firsttravelsolutions.com/rail-transport-solutions
https://www.firsttravelsolutions.com/

So maybe not quite joined up down here as yet!
Camborne I believe doesn't open up until around 5am, possibly the same for Summercourt.
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