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Author Topic: South Western Railways - new timetable from 17th Jan 2022  (Read 1265 times)
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« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2022, 04:51:34 pm »

As time goes on, I’m finding the use of the omicron variant as the reason for cutting back train services harder to accept.
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« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2022, 05:40:22 pm »

As time goes on, I’m finding the use of the omicron variant as the reason for cutting back train services harder to accept.

Around here the peak (we hope) of new cases in the Omicron wave was less than a week ago and is still very high. If you get it you are likely to be off work for 7 to 10 days so the peak in work absence probably hasn't been reached.  Just because the politicians and their press supporter are trying to claim it is all over doesn't mean they are right.

On the basis of the current figures another couple of weeks should start to see things improve.  If the fall in new cases continues and cancellations are still bad in a couple of weeks then you have a right to start being sceptical, but at the moment I think you are being led astray by the political/media coverage.
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« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2022, 05:43:20 pm »

As time goes on, I’m finding the use of the omicron variant as the reason for cutting back train services harder to accept.
at the moment I think you are being led astray by the political/media coverage.
Not at all and never have.
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« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2022, 06:12:47 pm »

Could I correct you ?

You get the feeling that SWR» (South Western Railway - about) have given up ...................FULL STOP !!
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« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2022, 06:35:04 am »

Commenting / Reading on West of Salisbury? - please follow up on these other threads:

Changes (a.k.a. slashing) to the services west from Salisbury to Exeter from 17th January are so significant that they are now in a separate thread at http://www.passenger.chat/25879

Further changes north of Westbury, such as the withdrawal of 1O58 (the 23:12 Westbury to Salisbury) which was only introduced in December to replace a Bristol service culled at that time by SWR» (South Western Railway - about), are covered at http://www.passenger.chat/25378 - though that may be worthy of a separate thread in due course.
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« Reply #20 on: January 19, 2022, 11:04:30 am »

There's now a bit of heat heading in SWR» (South Western Railway - about)'s direction from the local papers, though it seems to be mainly from the south coast so far. Among other things, people notice the end-of-day train times are contracting.

https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/19856782.south-western-railway-slammed-railfuture-covid-timetable/
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« Reply #21 on: January 21, 2022, 10:38:09 am »

Accurate application of the word 'Break' from SWR» (South Western Railway - about) spokesperson.

“We have had to take the decision to break some of our longer distance routes, so that staff absence on one of these routes does not have a more significant impact."

https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19854357.change-south-western-railway-timetable-shows-disregard/
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« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2022, 03:47:55 pm »

"View" from Stewart Palmer, a director of Railfuture and formerly MD of South West Trains.



Can any member(s) easily transcribe what he says into quotable text?
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« Reply #23 on: January 26, 2022, 12:46:15 pm »

Can any member(s) easily transcribe what he says into quotable text?

Some mobile phones have the ability to take voice commands to compose text messages, might be a route to getting it into writing.

Interesting that Stewart Palmer began to question the reason that staff absence is behind this and there might be other factors in play. If that is the case and absence isn't the main reason or only partially the reason then this will become weaker and weaker as an excuse to trot out as time rolls on.

I've noticed that some bus companies have quoted staff absence as a reason for reduced timetables, but then it looks like they are scrabbling around for vehicles with route branded vehicles making more of an appearance on other routes and older vehicles being on the road.
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« Reply #24 on: January 26, 2022, 02:03:41 pm »

Southeast have already re-introduced a few of their services with a promise of full reinstatement next Monday, so I'm tended towards agreeing with Fourbee
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