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« Reply #765 on: November 30, 2023, 09:01:04 »

Looking at RTT» (Real Time Trains - website) for this coming Sunday 3rd of December, from what I can see, the only HSS (High Speed Services) services that will be operating to/from London is an hourly service Swindon to Paddington and an hourly service North Cotswolds line to Paddington.

There will also be an hourly HSS service between Bath and Bristol along with the usual local and inter regional services. These appear to be running as normal across the GWR (Great Western Railway) network. However, what’s shown today on RTT and what actually runs on the 3rd may be two completely different things.

GWR have confirmed this on X (Twitter) this morning:
https://twitter.com/GWRHelp/status/1730121328034738543

From London to Bath and Bristol, take the hourly train to Swindon (timed for a 387, I notice) and change onto the Westbury train - the only service via Chippenham, changing again at Trowbridge.

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« Reply #766 on: November 30, 2023, 12:34:06 »

RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers) members have voted to accept the deal:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-67577683
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« Reply #767 on: December 01, 2023, 10:38:15 »

RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers) members have voted to accept the deal:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-67577683

Interesting that nobody thought this breakthrough worthy of comment.

Anyway, ASLEF» (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen - about) members have (unsurprisingly) voted heavily in favour of renewing their action with 88% GWR (Great Western Railway) members voting for strike action and 96% voting for action short of a strike.
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« Reply #768 on: December 01, 2023, 11:36:00 »

RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers) members have voted to accept the deal:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-67577683

Interesting that nobody thought this breakthrough worthy of comment.

Anyway, ASLEF» (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen - about) members have (unsurprisingly) voted heavily in favour of renewing their action with 88% GWR (Great Western Railway) members voting for strike action and 96% voting for action short of a strike.

Ah ... now I did think of it as being worthy of comment, but refrained.  It "feels" delicate to make too much comment on industrial relations at times.   Realistically, one or two comments here are hardly likely to cause wide-spread upset.

It is good news that the RMT have voted to accept the deal that was on offer, though it's my understanding that it doesn't last very long and more negotiations will be needed next year.  But it really feels like one hurdle has been cleared only to leave another firmly - perhaps more firmly - in place with ASLEF.
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« Reply #769 on: December 03, 2023, 07:04:03 »

Looking at RTT» (Real Time Trains - website) for this coming Sunday 3rd of December, from what I can see, the only HSS (High Speed Services) services that will be operating to/from London is an hourly service Swindon to Paddington and an hourly service North Cotswolds line to Paddington.

There will also be an hourly HSS service between Bath and Bristol along with the usual local and inter regional services. These appear to be running as normal across the GWR (Great Western Railway) network. However, what’s shown today on RTT and what actually runs on the 3rd may be two completely different things.

Which has turned about to be the case. No Swindon to Paddington services and many North Cotswold line services either canned or running short on top of many local and inter regional cancellations/short running.

ASLEF» (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen - about) have ended up with two strike days for the price of one. What a state our railways are in if they are able to bring the GWR network down without actually going on strike such is the reliance on overtime and the requirement not to work on a Sunday.
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« Reply #770 on: December 03, 2023, 07:27:47 »

I see that SWR» (South Western Railway - about) are not running services between Exeter and Waterloo today with services starting at Yeovil Junction instead.

Given the circumstances, I think that’s wise with no GWR (Great Western Railway) London services. You would have people coming up from the South West trying to connect onto the Waterloo services which were already operating half the usual number of services owing to engineering work between Yeovil and Salisbury.

The potential for dangerous chaos at Exeter St David’s was there and has been wisely avoided IMHO (in my humble opinion).

Edit: The Exeter to Yeovil shuttle service isn’t running either.
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« Reply #771 on: December 03, 2023, 09:09:02 »

Pnz to Bristol.
Bristol to Southampton.
Southampton to Waterloo.

Not sure of ticketing options!(that's where a person in an office would be useful).
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« Reply #772 on: December 03, 2023, 09:25:22 »

Pnz to Bristol.
Bristol to Southampton.
Southampton to Waterloo.

Not sure of ticketing options!(that's where a person in an office would be useful).

A38/M5/M4
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« Reply #773 on: December 03, 2023, 09:26:56 »

Pnz to Bristol.
Bristol to Southampton.
Southampton to Waterloo.

Not sure of ticketing options!(that's where a person in an office would be useful).
Bristol-Westbury or Salisbury to pick up a Yeovil/Salisbury-Waterloo service
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« Reply #774 on: December 03, 2023, 19:15:10 »

Just for the record, three trains in each direction DID» (Didcot Parkway - next trains) operate between Swindon and London.

They were:
Swindon-Paddington 0845, 1245 and 1750
Paddington to Swindon 1012, 1412 and 1912
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« Reply #775 on: December 20, 2023, 10:00:09 »

ASLEF» (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen - about) clearly not interested in ordering any strike action, or action short of a strike, over the Christmas and New year period.
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« Reply #776 on: December 20, 2023, 10:19:18 »

ASLEF» (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen - about) clearly not interested in ordering any strike action, or action short of a strike, over the Christmas and New year period.

Anything to do with the 24th and 31st being, what for many ASLEF members, will be lucrative Sunday turns?

It's notable that none of the strikes or overtime bans called by ASLEF have included Sundays. No doubt they'll argue that the differing contracts across TOCs (Train Operating Company), and even within TOCs, where Sundays may or may not be part of the working week, make including Sundays in any action impractical. I think though, it's more likely that members, for whom Sundays can be a nice earner, would be less likely to vote for action that would include a Sunday.
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« Reply #777 on: December 20, 2023, 10:33:16 »

The last round of action included a Sunday.
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« Reply #778 on: December 20, 2023, 12:17:14 »

Anything to do with the 24th and 31st being, what for many ASLEF» (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen - about) members, will be lucrative Sunday turns?

If it is, and I don’t think it is, it still leaves the 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 1st and 2nd.
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« Reply #779 on: December 21, 2023, 17:16:03 »

Too late now for any pf those dates.

A chance for drivers to pay for their Christmas expenditure by working normally.
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