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« on: April 07, 2022, 03:27:30 pm »

I have seen a stakeholder note prepared by XC (Cross Country Trains (franchise))

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Dear colleague

I am pleased to confirm that our timetables beginning in May are now available online.
While preparing these we have monitored passenger numbers carefully, matching demand with service
levels so that we can support more people returning to rail. I wanted to highlight some of the benefits
these changes will bring to this region, its rail users and stakeholders.

Several direct services between Bristol and Manchester have been introduced, and some services that
previously terminated at Newcastle are now continuing to Edinburgh. Some trains that terminated at
Bristol will extend to Plymouth and a limited service will be provided to and from Paignton, with extensions
to Birmingham. These have been specifically chosen to enhance connectivity and support regional tourism
and wider businesses that depends on customers from across Great Britain.
You can download copies of our May 2022 timetables from our website and all information is available in
online journey planners.

This timetable marks the latest evolution of our services as we emerge from the pandemic and seek to better
reflect customers’ needs. I appreciate that for some, there is a desire for us to fully reinstate the timetable
previously operated. But despite positive signs of recovery, we cannot ignore the fact that the pandemic has
accelerated trends and the pace of change in society which means customer demands for travel have
changed. There is an acceptance across the industry and Government that we need to think differently, and
we, alongside our industry partners, are exploring how best to adapt to the new realities. Taking into
consideration government support for the railway sector during the pandemic and the changes in travel
habits, it’s important that we continue to monitor passenger numbers, working closely with our industry
partners and stakeholders to adapt where possible and to ensure industry offers best value for
taxpayers. We will continue to work with the Department for Transport on any future changes, ensuring we
deliver services in line with customer needs and demands.

If you have any queries, do get in touch.
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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2022, 05:24:27 pm »

Can’t see any significant improvements on the Reading - Bournemouth corridor.  Still basically 2 hourly with a few extras, still mainly skipping Brockenhurst, not calling at Winchester in the evenings.

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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2022, 06:56:41 pm »

Very poor.  I’d hoped that would at least be back to hourly between Bournemouth <>Reading, even if the Southampton/Reading to Newcastle service remains canned.

Good news regarding the Bristol<>Manchester service…as long as it doesn’t mean cutting the formation lengths on the Birmingham<>Reading axis.
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2022, 07:19:22 pm »

And still only hourly Oxford<->Birmingham.
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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2022, 08:50:12 pm »

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Good news regarding the Bristol<>Manchester service…as long as it doesn’t mean cutting the formation lengths on the Birmingham<>Reading axis.

Timetable here:
https://www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk/travel-updates-information/train-timetables

... for Bristol to Manchester - one Monday to Friday through train northbound (at 16:00), two on Saturdays, and the rest continue to involve almost Salisbury-style connections at Birmingham. Southbound weekdays has two through trains Manchester to Bristol.

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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2022, 09:57:33 pm »

... and the rest continue to involve almost Salisbury-style connections at Birmingham. ...

I have to confess, though, that the platforms at Salisbury are far more pleasant to wait on for an hour than the platforms at New Street.  Mind you, there are lots more places to eat on higher levels in Brum
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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2022, 10:26:31 pm »

... and the rest continue to involve almost Salisbury-style connections at Birmingham. ...

I have to confess, though, that the platforms at Salisbury are far more pleasant to wait on for an hour than the platforms at New Street.  Mind you, there are lots more places to eat on higher levels in Brum
That's just it: if I were stuck in Birmingham, I'd just nip across Stephenson Street to the Burlington Hotel and sit in the bar (the Berlioz bar upstairs, not that dive in the basement).
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