|Waiting, with baited breath
We should see some draft timetables over the next few days. What will they show? Any effect from our campaign? I'm hoping so, but, frankly, I think it's unlikely that we'll see the big prize of services at an appropriate level.
The original ITT document provided for a rush hour train up to Swindon in the morning, back in the evening peak, and an additional return journey during the evening. That was Monday to Friday; weekend was woolly / not mentioned / taken to be a zero service.
I'm hopeful that we'll have a couple of trains on Saturday and a couple on Sunday. I'm hopeful that the timing of services will be more "practical" than the original proposal. And if this is indeed the case, I'll feel some tinyt degree of success in getting the original ridiculous proposal looked at. I do get the impression, reading between the lines, that First have been instructed to cut the number of trains they have on the track and there's severe pressure to run our line with zero trains assigned to it.
I've an open mind about the draft timetables; I want to look at the detail before I comment but I'm certainly prepared to help make suggestions of what would be good small alterations if necessary. And faciitating others to do so by helping with publicity while the consultation is open.
Written 2006-02-09 07:14:07
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