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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:12 am 
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Why is this disruption happening around the new timetable? Asking out of genuine interest as have seen no clear media coverage of the issue.

Surely if trains and employees exist trains should not be disrupted? Has Northern faced a sudden drop in resources? Mysterious.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:28 am 
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Why is this disruption happening around the new timetable? Asking out of genuine interest as have seen no clear media coverage of the issue.

Surely if trains and employees exist trains should not be disrupted? Has Northern faced a sudden drop in resources? Mysterious.

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It's not the new timetable that's caused the issues, it's Network Rail's inability to complete large scale engineering works on time (Blackpool modernisation and Bolton corridor). It's caused the latest timetable to be re-planned in half the normal time, it's delayed crew route refresh training. It's meant the planned introduction of new through services using EMUs has been delayed until at least December which has meant DMUs that were to used on new services or to strengthen current services, now need to be used on routes that should have been electrified.

It's a great ball of s***! I could go in to much much much more detail but I'm slowly losing my mind.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:35 am 
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So basically Northern are just whipping boys. Hardly fair for the media and worse politicians to be calling for their removal from the franchise.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:43 am 
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So basically Northern are just whipping boys. Hardly fair for the media and worse politicians to be calling for their removal from the franchise.

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Indeed, most of it is knock-on crap. I don't think it's been handled overly well by Northern (at times) and the infuriating RMT conductor strikes have just compounded issues.

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The mayor of GM (Andy Burnham) is having a good old moan about Northern at the moment. As Kevo has said, politicians are calling for Northern to be stripped of the franchise, however, they obviously aren't realising that it's the Nationalised parts of the railway that are letting down the private parts. I mean, one of the rumours I've heard through the enthusiasts grapevine suggested that the entire timetable at Leeds was not validated, which is absolutely shocking if true!

As for Bolton/Blackpool, that's been a shambles, have Northern even finished getting enough drivers up to speed on Blackpool yet? Of course, I understand the reasons why they wouldn't have if that was the case! I'm sure Scotrail's 385 issues have further compounded Northern's issues as well.

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they obviously aren't realising that it's the Nationalised parts of the railway that are letting down the private parts.

Interesting. Did the project slipped off due to something ? Has Network Rail gave advance warning or somesuch ? Seems like some communication problems.

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they obviously aren't realising that it's the Nationalised parts of the railway that are letting down the private parts.

Interesting. Did the project slipped off due to something ? Has Network Rail gave advance warning or somesuch ? Seems like some communication problems.

The Bolton electrification project was originally supposed to be completed in December 2016, so is roughly 18 months late at the moment. The original delays were due to old mine workings, as Bolton (and Lancashire as whole) was very big on Coal mining in the past. The collapse of Carillion, a major contractor on the project has further delayed it also. This has meant, like Badger said above, that diesel trains that were supposed to be released to other services are instead still in use on services via Bolton, and required a complete timetable rewrite about a month before it was due to come into effect.

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Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport has annonced an inquiry into the exacts of what went wrong over the past few week.
BBC News.

Transpennine Express are under fire, after its been revealed they're going to be using trains that are known for being seriously unfriendly towards disabled users. The trains are due to be used between Liverpool & Scarborough from July.
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TPE are having a few issues lately, a loss making franchise, poor timetables, and now a step backwards towards disabled users. Also underfire has been their new policy on carrying cycles, requiring them to be prebooked 24 hours in advance.

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Pilot wrote:
The Bolton electrification project was originally supposed to be completed in December 2016, so is roughly 18 months late at the moment. The original delays were due to old mine workings, as Bolton (and Lancashire as whole) was very big on Coal mining in the past. The collapse of Carillion, a major contractor on the project has further delayed it also. This has meant, like Badger said above, that diesel trains that were supposed to be released to other services are instead still in use on services via Bolton, and required a complete timetable rewrite about a month before it was due to come into effect.

Alright.

Still, I wonder why would they do something not really possible, and why there's no clear notice that stuff is slipping.

Hope you guys manage to keep the relic moving through !

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Thameslink - Now everyones favourite (?!) taxi service!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:02 pm 
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Meanwhile, a wild manager appears.

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After dodging the question on the video you linked. Govia Thameslink cheif Charles Horton has resigned. This drama seems to have not quite stopped yet!

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After dodging the question on the video you linked. Govia Thameslink cheif Charles Horton has resigned.


Oh, don't we know :P

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:59 am 
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Is the travel disruption still being chaotic with Thameslink? It's fairly settled down up here, after Northern put in a different timetable...

Virgin Trains East Coast also go out of service in 7 days time now, long live LNER!

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More or less!
There are better days and worse days, but overall it's still pretty rather hectic.

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So the first incarnation of the LNER lasted 25 years. The ECML will soon be on its 7th operator in 25 years by my reckoning:

BR InterCity (1982-1994)
East Coast shadow TOC (1994-1997)
GNER (1997-2007ish)
National Express (c. 2007-2011)
Directly Operated Railways (c. 2011-2016)
Virgin Trains East Coast (c. 2016-2018)
LNER (2018-?)

Dates might be slightly out as that's personal recollection not rigourous research. This seems an incredible situation to me.

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Interesting article on the BBC today. Ministers seemingly were aware of the looming chaos of changing the timetables, at least on Northern routes.

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