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« on: October 14, 2021, 07:32:51 am »

I am popping up to Didcot for a final hall check for our Saturday AGM (Annual General Meeting) today - popped to the GWR (Great Western Railway) site to get my ticket ...



Oh dear ... I'm going to make the journey anyway as I suspect tickets WILL be available from the TVM (Ticket Vending Machine).  But this page doesn't seem to be exactly encouraging me to use the train, does it?  (lots more "no ticket available" rows shown - in fact the only train offered with a fare, until a few minutes ago, was the 07:20).
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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2021, 09:31:14 am »

Yep, reservation still required for online bookings where services are reservable - SWI» (Swindon - next trains) to DID» (Didcot Parkway - next trains) in your case. So none available or fully booked. There is an unreserved coach available so you should be able to sit down when buying from machine/ticket office.

I agree it can put off those unknowing souls from using the train & will be taking it up on Monday with GWR (Great Western Railway).
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2021, 09:40:48 am »

Agree, Chris.  This sort of nonsense needs stamping out very quickly.
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2021, 09:43:34 am »

Agree, Chris.  This sort of nonsense needs stamping out very quickly.

I take it this "nonsense" is one of the measures to reduce the risk of catching COVID on a train where social distancing isn't possible due to overcrowding?
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2021, 11:23:18 am »

Agree, Chris.  This sort of nonsense needs stamping out very quickly.

I take it this "nonsense" is one of the measures to reduce the risk of catching COVID on a train where social distancing isn't possible due to overcrowding?

If it is, then it's a half hearted measure. People can still buy walk up tickets from ticket offices and TVMs (Ticket Vending Machine) without restriction.

Also, I've just checked the old Mixing Deck booking engine (tickets.gwr.com), and the Android app, and neither of those appear to be restricting the sale of walk up tickets for trains in the next few hours, or in the evening peak from Paddington.
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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2021, 10:05:55 am »

If you are coming to today's AGM (Annual General Meeting) and getting "no tickets available" from the GWR (Great Western Railway) web site for your train trip ....

You should be AOK walkup - ignore the "No tickets Available" and "Reservations Compulsory"
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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2021, 10:09:47 am »

Having the same problem with XC from Banbury…appears a 9 coach doubke-viyager is fully booked  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2021, 12:46:14 pm »

Having the same problem with XC from Banbury…appears a 9 coach doubke-viyager is fully booked  Roll Eyes

On GWR (Great Western Railway) at least "fully booked" does not mean fully booked.  I was on a SWI» (Swindon - next trains) to DID» (Didcot Parkway - next trains) the other day - "fully booked" but even in the quiet and fully reserved carriages, seats which were only booked for a different part of the journey.  And as usual, only around half the booked seats were actually occupied ...

Hope you can make it, ChrisB
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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2021, 09:41:45 pm »

A few weeks ago when my son tried to buy a ticket online from Dorchester West to Bristol, to connect with the tickets he managed to buy no problem Temple Meads to Birmingham International, he got the fully booked message (from DCW to BRI» (Bristol Temple Meads - next trains)? never knew that was bookable) anyway, I told him just to get on the train at Dorchester and pay the guard. No problem, he said the train was nearly empty.
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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2021, 12:46:00 pm »

For my two penn'orth, I too was befuddled by this - the GWR (Great Western Railway) app offered me the last remaining first class ticket on the 09.30 BRI» (Bristol Temple Meads - next trains)-DID» (Didcot Parkway - next trains), but I had no trouble finding a third-class seat in coach G.

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