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Rugby Engineering Works Extended - 5051/9163
Written by Lee on Friday, 21st December 2007
Network Rail said it had no choice but to keep the West Coast Mainline shut for an extra day at Rugby, in Warwickshire, until 1 January (link below.)
Re: Rugby Engineering Works Extended - 5051/9224
Written by Lee on Saturday, 29th December 2007
Virgin has complained to the rail regulator, but it ruled that the work must go ahead (links below.)
Re: Rugby Engineering Works Extended - 5051/9255
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 2nd January 2008
Network Rail still havent finished (link below.)
The Liverpool Street engineering works have also overun (link below.)
Re: Rugby Engineering Works Extended - 5051/9264
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 3rd January 2008
And it goes on this morning ... with the office of the rail regulator talking about fining Network Rail.
A question - as Network Rail is not shareholder owned, who (in the end) ends up actually paying fines imposed on it?
Re: Rugby Engineering Works Extended - 5051/9270
Written by Lee on Thursday, 3rd January 2008
[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=5051.msg9264#msg9264 date=1199344949]
And it goes on this morning ... with the office of the rail regulator talking about fining Network Rail.[/quote]
"Network Fail" is the headline (links below.)
Its operations director Robin Gisbey said a "planning error" had resulted in not enough overhead wire electricians being asked to come to work, admitting: "We got it wrong."
He added: "We've now got extra resources into Rugby, we've been flat out over the last couple of days and I'm pretty confident that we will now get it back in the morning."
"That in itself is dreadful. We shouldn't be doing this to passengers and rail freight users."
Re: Rugby Engineering Works Extended - 5051/9289
Written by Lee on Friday, 4th January 2008
The West Coast route has reopened (link below.)
Meanwhile, Virgin has announced that saver fares will be available on all trains, including peak services, next Monday and Tuesday to enable customers to travel for less at short notice.
Re: Rugby Engineering Works Extended - 5051/9325
Written by Lee on Monday, 7th January 2008
More overunning engineering works, this time in Scotland (link below.)
Network Rail said there was no estimate for a normal train service to resume between Glasgow Central and Paisley Gilmour Street.
Re: Rugby Engineering Works Extended - 5051/9327
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 7th January 2008
That looks - "classic" - both routes from Glasgow to Paisley out at the same time. I'm guessing that is was for different reasons too judging by the differing reports of the return of services!
I don't say it often enough - this looks like a holdup / cancellation to First group trains that First cannot be blamed for!
Re: Rugby Engineering Works Extended - 5051/9358
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 9th January 2008
An investigation into over-running rail engineering work during Christmas and New Year is to examine whether the hold-ups threaten the punctual delivery of an important upgrade programme (link below.)
The Office of Rail Regulation probe into the overruns at Rugby, London Liverpool Street and Glasgow
Re: Rugby Engineering Works Extended - 5051/9370
Written by Lee on Thursday, 10th January 2008
First ScotRail are losing patience with Network Rail (link below.)
Re: Rugby Engineering Works Extended - 5051/9438
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 15th January 2008
Rail passengers who suffered delays and cancellations travelling to London when engineering work over-ran after the New Year are to receive compensation (link below.)
One Railway will pay customers whose journeys were disrupted when work at Liverpool Street station took 24 hours longer than planned.
Mainline and Metro season ticket owners get a full refund for 2 and 3 January but West Anglia only for 2 January.
Non-season ticket customers are compensated for the day they travelled.
Re: Rugby Engineering Works Extended - 5051/9491
Written by Lee on Thursday, 17th January 2008
Christian Wolmar argues that this wouldnt have happened under British Rail (link below.)
Re: Rugby Engineering Works Extended - 5051/9516
Written by Lee on Friday, 18th January 2008
A Network Rail report is due to be published on this (link below.)
I wonder if they will get this lot right? (link below.)
Re: Rugby Engineering Works Extended - 5051/9535
Written by Lee on Saturday, 19th January 2008
Network Rail say it wont happen again.....
Re: Rugby Engineering Works Extended - 5051/9622
Written by Lee on Thursday, 24th January 2008
The head of Network Rail has said he does not know why half a specialist team working on the West Coast Mainline over New Year did not turn up for work (link below.)
Ian Coucher told a House of Commons inquiry attempts to recruit others at short notice had proved "fruitless".
A shortage of overhead linesmen meant engineering work between Rugby and Northampton, which should have finished by 30 December, overran by four days.
Re: Rugby Engineering Works Extended - 5051/9870
Written by Lee on Monday, 4th February 2008
Related Christian Wolmar article links.
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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.
Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.
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.
We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.
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