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« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2021, 06:05:47 pm »

Shouldn’t the 1920 have been a Waterloo to Bristol “via Salisbury”?

That’s how it shows on RTT» (Real Time Trains - website) as I write…

Thanks - edited to correct. I had spotted the error as it went onto social media, but failed to come back and correct it here.  I must be catching the rail industry disease of pretending they're separate trains from Waterloo to Salisbury and Salisbury to Bristol.  Ooooops
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« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2021, 04:45:47 pm »

2 car to form the 15:50 last train to Waterloo arrived "full and standing" ... video to upload later





Now on that train approaching Warminster, most seats occupied.  "Excuse me - is this seat taken" time!
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« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2021, 11:29:55 am »

There ... continue to be ... comments on social media suggesting that the change at Salisbury is no problem.  And the ones I've seen so far are all from people who don't live anywhere near here and give no indication of ever being nearby.  Typically written in terms that suggest the author has a knowledge and authority - "This is a fuss about nothing" they state.

I'm afraid I took the bait and after a reference to TAG analysis that shows the time people will waste at Salisbury has more value than the saving made by the service removal, I added

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Just imagine if South Wales to London passengers had to change from a TfW to a GWR (Great Western Railway) train at Pilning, and wait there for 59 minutes because the London train had left the platform to allow the train from Swansea to arrive.

I won't bother running a poll to ask if you, dear members, would be happy with nearly at hour at Pilning event time you crossed into and out of Wales by train, or at Carlisle or Berwick Upon Tweed on every trip to Scotland which might have been a more appropriate example!
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« Reply #18 on: December 12, 2021, 11:35:59 am »

Would it have been better to cite a station with similar facilities to Salisbury, rather than Pilning?  Newport for example.
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« Reply #19 on: December 12, 2021, 02:13:14 pm »

Would it have been better to cite a station with similar facilities to Salisbury, rather than Pilning?  Newport for example.

Maybe, but I think my point was understood:

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Have you used the service over recent weeks and spoken with people about why they used it, and what their alternatives and reasons are which allow you to be so definite in your analysis?
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Of course not Graham ... I just speak from personal experience. I used the service (Woking to Bristol) when it ran about 20 years ago
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« Reply #20 on: December 13, 2021, 06:33:45 pm »

Would it have been better to cite a station with similar facilities to Salisbury, rather than Pilning?  Newport for example.

Could go the other way and sling the complete Portskewett - Redwick experience at 'em.
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