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Lots Of Cancellations / Revisions (05/02/2007) - 1337/3762
Written by Lee on Monday, 5th February 2007
From the FGW website :
15:39 Southampton Central to Westbury due 16:45
This train will be cancelled.
14:12 Westbury to Southampton Central due 15:23
This train will be cancelled.
13:55 Cardiff Central to London Paddington due 16:02
This train has been cancelled.
14:46 Cheltenham Spa to London Paddington due 16:56
This train will be started from Gloucester. It will no longer call at: Cheltenham Spa.
15:10 Exeter St Davids to London Paddington due 17:55
This train has been cancelled. This is due to an earlier fatality..
14:55 Cardiff Central to London Paddington due 17:02
This train will be started from Newport South Wales. It will no longer call at: Cardiff Central.
15:20 Hereford to London Paddington due 18:32
This train will be started from Great Malvern. It will no longer call at: Hereford, Ledbury and Colwall. This is due to an earlier fatality.
14:28 Weston-super-Mare to London Paddington due 16:41
This train will be started from Bristol Temple Meads. It will no longer call at: Weston-Super-Mare, Yatton and Nailsea & Backwell. This is due to an earlier fatality.
15:00 Plymouth to London Paddington due 18:20
This train will be started from Exeter St Davids. It will no longer call at: Plymouth, Totnes and Newton Abbot. This is due to an earlier fatality.
14:00 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington due 15:41
This train has been revised. It will additionally call at: Didcot Parkway.
13:05 London Paddington to Plymouth due 16:24
This train has been revised. It will additionally call at: Newbury, Pewsey, Westbury and Castle Cary.
13:21 Worcester Foregate Street to London Paddington due 15:32
This train will be started from Oxford. It will no longer call at: Worcester Foregate Street, Worcester Shrub Hill, Pershore, Evesham, Honeybourne, Moreton-In-Marsh, Kingham, Charlbury and Hanborough. This is due to an earlier fatality at Ealing Broadway.
14:22 London Paddington to Oxford due 15:17
This train will be started from Didcot Parkway. It will additionally call at: Didcot Parkway. It will no longer call at: London Paddington, Slough and Reading. This is due to a fatality at Ealing Broadway.
13:52 London Paddington to Great Malvern due 16:17
This train will be reinstated. This is due to a fatality at Ealing Broadway.
11:05 London Paddington to Plymouth due 14:35
This train has been delayed and is now 50 minutes late from London Paddington. This is due to a fatality.
Re: Lots Of Cancellations / Revisions (05/02/2007) - 1337/3764
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 5th February 2007
I was looking through the list earlier and it seems rather as if a high proportion were caused by 2 suicides ... having said which, there were a number Cardiff - Portsmouth corridor changes hidden in the list. I'm not sure if they were hidden intentionally, or on purpose ;)
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The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.
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