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Author Topic: Swindon to Kemble re-doubling - ongoing discussion and updates  (Read 222717 times)
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« Reply #450 on: May 06, 2015, 09:05:25 am »

A lot of the work over the next Bank Holiday has been cancelled by NR owing to lack of contractors. Trains will run over 25th/26th - check updating publicity. Melksham shuttle included!
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« Reply #451 on: May 06, 2015, 09:23:13 am »

Isn't some of the work being cancelled because there has been a delay in transferring signalling from Swindon to Didcot - or is that because there haven't been the contractors to do the work in the weeks leading up to this weekend rather than a lack of staff for the bank holiday weekend?
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« Reply #452 on: May 06, 2015, 09:30:38 am »

Lack of staff all round, #i think
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« Reply #453 on: May 06, 2015, 10:07:23 am »

Is work still planned over the weekend of the bank holiday the 23rd and 24th? FGW site says work from 25th - 28th has been cancelled with work still taking place 23rd/24th but this was mentioned on their website a few weeks back. Have plans changed again?
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« Reply #454 on: May 06, 2015, 10:08:01 am »

I understand 23/24 is still progressing
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« Reply #455 on: May 06, 2015, 10:19:57 am »

I understand 23/24 is still progressing
Thanks Chris
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« Reply #456 on: April 27, 2016, 02:45:04 pm »


Looks as if the line is going to be busy over the Spring Bank Holiday (28th - 30th May) with not only London - South Wales trains diverted but Cross Country ones as well. Combined with the normal (Paddington) - Swindon - Gloucester - Cheltenham services, Real Times Trains show about 100 trains a day total compared to the normal 36 weekday ones.

The most interesting one looks to be the Monday 30th 22:33 Robeston - Theale Murco loaded tanks. 2400 tons up Sapperton. Passes Standish at 04:27 and Swindon at 05:12 on Tuesday 31st. Empties have frequently gone the other way during diversions, but this is the first time that I have noted the loaded ones. Be interesting to see whether it does run or not as timetabled diverted Freightliner ones have generally been cancelled on the day. 

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« Reply #457 on: April 27, 2016, 04:53:08 pm »

Good to see the redoubled section of track being put to such good use over the Spring Bank Holiday.
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« Reply #458 on: May 27, 2016, 05:07:14 pm »


Looks as if the line is going to be busy over the Spring Bank Holiday (28th - 30th May) with not only London - South Wales trains diverted but Cross Country ones as well. Combined with the normal (Paddington) - Swindon - Gloucester - Cheltenham services, Real Times Trains show about 100 trains a day total compared to the normal 36 weekday ones.
I feel a visit to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Cotswold Festival of Steam coming on!
http://gwsr.com/planning-your-visit/2016-events-calendar/cotswold-festival-of-steam-2016.aspx
Swindon to Cheltenham Spa in around 40 mins by Cross Country HST.  Smiley
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« Reply #459 on: May 27, 2016, 07:16:24 pm »

Hate to be a cynic, but thats a lot of pressure on a line if something was to go 'bottoms up'...  Roll Eyes Shocked

Here's to hoping I haven't jinxed it!
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« Reply #460 on: May 27, 2016, 07:35:51 pm »

I was planning a ride "for no particular reason" but have to drive to Devon instead. Shucks!
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« Reply #461 on: September 30, 2018, 01:23:01 pm »

Finally managed to get back to the two level crossings on the Golden Valley line between Swindon and Kemble.

I visited both before the redoubling but the cutbacks to bus services mean it is now all but impossible to get to Upper Minety by public transport.  The bus from Swindon has been withdrawn leaving a service from Malmesbury or Cirencester and a two and a half hour wait in Minety to get back.  However thanks to bignosemac we were able to take a trip out to see how things have changed.

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« Reply #462 on: September 30, 2018, 05:10:58 pm »

Good timing there.  Smiley
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