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20th June: 17:28 Cheltenham Spa to Westbury due 19:25 - 2628/5774
Written by Trowres on Wednesday, 20th June 2007
20 June 2007
This train will be terminated at Swindon. It will no longer call at: Chippenham, Melksham, Trowbridge and Westbury.
Replacement road transport will be provided from Swindon
Never mind, while waiting for the bus, you may hear the 18:16 Swindon-Westbury-Castle Cary rumble through! >:(
Also, the Southampton-Cheltenham via Melksham has been reported as cancelled between Southampton and Westbury.
Re: 20th June: 17:28 Cheltenham Spa to Westbury due 19:25 - 2628/5776
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 20th June 2007
So they'll just turn the same train around at Swindon and bustitute us? I guess that's very convenient operationally.
I would have thought that if this was caused by Glastonbury we would have had more notice, but this seems to be short term and no explanation was offered (unusually) so I've dropped FGW a sline to ask why. I was planning to be on the 18:42 tomorrow as I'm up in Oxford for the day, but I'm not sure if it will be running.
Re: 20th June: 17:28 Cheltenham Spa to Westbury due 19:25 - 2628/5782
Written by courgettelawn on Thursday, 21st June 2007
I was at Salisbury station yesterday, just after 18.30. I noticed that the train to Cheltenham Spa (orig. Southamopton) via Melksham and Swindon had already been reported as cancelled.
The reason on the screen: "shortage of coaches"
I have photographic evidence. I will post later.
I suspect you have been Glastonburied.
Re: 20th June: 17:28 Cheltenham Spa to Westbury due 19:25 - 2628/5792
Written by Lee on Thursday, 21st June 2007
An interesting twist to this story (not directly - related) can be found in the link below.
Re: 20th June: 17:28 Cheltenham Spa to Westbury due 19:25 - 2628/5818
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 22nd June 2007
[quote author=courgettelawn link=topic=2628.msg5782#msg5782 date=1182417563]
I was at Salisbury station yesterday, just after 18.30.
Re: 20th June: 17:28 Cheltenham Spa to Westbury due 19:25 - 2628/5888
Written by courgettelawn on Monday, 25th June 2007
Here is the photo I took at Salisbury reporting the Cheltenham Spa service cancelled due to lack of coaches.
Not sure what the driver sickness is about, it seems strange all round. The 1827 clearly did not start in Southampton at all.
Re: 20th June: 17:28 Cheltenham Spa to Westbury due 19:25 - 2628/5913
Written by Graz on Tuesday, 26th June 2007
Looks like tonight's 18:27 Southampton Central - Cheltenham Spa has been cancelled due to "Earlier vandalism".
EDIT: It appears that the train will now start from Westbury, so Melksham will still get a service tonight.
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