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BBC Points West 09/01/06 - First Great Western make a timetable u-turn - 1020/2843
Written by Nick Field on Tuesday, 9th January 2007
First Great Western make a timetable u-turn. Changes to nine services
Increases in services to stop overcrowding and increases in carriages
0647 Frome to Cardiff Central to get two extra coaches
Passengers interviewed said they were 'distrustfull' and will 'believe it when we see it'
FGW are increasing staff numbers at its Bristol maintence depot
Andrew Griffiths said 'In two weeks time everything will be ok'
Hopefully someone will be able to post up the clip!
Re: BBC Points West 09/01/06 - First Great Western make a timetable u-turn - 1020/2844
Written by WyvusArconius on Tuesday, 9th January 2007
Which services ar FGW U turning over?
Re: BBC Points West 09/01/06 - First Great Western make a timetable u-turn - 1020/2853
Written by Nick Field on Tuesday, 9th January 2007
I think that was just the headline they used. No specific services other than the 0647 from Frome were mentioned which will get the extra coaches
Re: BBC Points West 09/01/06 - First Great Western make a timetable u-turn - 1020/2874
Written by Ruthg on Wednesday, 10th January 2007
I've also posted this on more train less strain. See
Re: BBC Points West 09/01/06 - First Great Western make a timetable u-turn - 1020/2899
Written by bubblecat on Wednesday, 10th January 2007
Apparently this morning the trains did not run properly - I caught a lift, so was not there to see the drama unfold. It prompted the FGW problems to be tops of the GWR news this afternoon where they announced the planned demonstrations.
I would imagine that extra carriages would help people in Bath and Bristol who work in Cardiff. Doesn't do much for us who work in Bath and Bristol and who travel on the 8.05am from Frome. It's this train where people have been left standing at Bradford on Avon and where the fainting inciident occurred a couple of weeks before xmas!
Re: BBC Points West 09/01/06 - First Great Western make a timetable u-turn - 1020/2931
Written by James on Thursday, 11th January 2007
One of the problems with the 0647, is as you may have noticed, it is a ghost train as in there is no refrence to it in the railway computers
TRUST & CIS & PIS & NRES all state there is no serivce!
Re: BBC Points West 09/01/06 - First Great Western make a timetable u-turn - 1020/2932
Written by Max on Thursday, 11th January 2007
I have just read the story 'Extra trains to ease overcrowding' at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/6248061.stm. I am lucky in that my morning service will now stop where I want it to. But I take offence when FGW say that they are laying on additional services. In this particluar case, they are just giving back what I had just over a month ago.
Re: BBC Points West 09/01/06 - First Great Western make a timetable u-turn - 1020/2936
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 12th January 2007
[quote author=Max link=topic=1020.msg2932#msg2932 date=1168550901]But I take offence when FGW say that they are laying on additional services. In this particluar case, they are just giving back what I had just over a month ago.[/quote]
I'm afraid that it's a fairly standard negotiating tactic to ask for (or in this case for FGW just take) more than you can expect to get away with, then retrench back towards the original position with a great marketing hype and hoping for great praise and glory.
Let's see ... five years ago, Bath to Oxford was a regular, hourly, direct service.
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