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    XC services allocated for Double Voyagers

    I have seen a lot of double sets of voyagers running through Banbury recently, including many 9 car sets and a 10 car set the other day. I am also still seeing a lot of 4 car single sets running. It is a shame that XC can’t organise it so that services are formed of mainly 5 car and 8 car sets...
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    Travelling with a group using e-tickets

    Sorry for the confusion, it would appear I have been buying M-tickets but Crosscountry do definitely call them E-tickets.
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    Travelling with a group using e-tickets

    I have always bought all my tickets through CrossCountry and they download directly onto the app on my phone, I don’t know if they also email PDFs as well
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    Travelling with a group using e-tickets

    I thought that with the severe reductions in capacity I thought public transport was for essential travel only. Not sure travelling in a large group with plenty of luggage to go on holiday is a good idea at present
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    Travelling with a group using e-tickets

    Thanks. How do I forward the tickets to other people in the party. Once the restrictions on travel are eased I am hoping for a family holiday, when travelling in a group especially with children I find it very stressful trying to get through ticket gates with paper tickets, the idea of having...
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    Travelling with a group using e-tickets

    I know this is a really stupid question but how do you use an e-ticket when travelling in a group? I have been using e-tickets on my mobile for a while now and find them very useful (except the problem of running out of charge of my phone) but I have never used them when travelling with a group...
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    Drop in passenger numbers sees train services cut

    How has freight services been affected by the current situation?
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    Drop in passenger numbers sees train services cut

    Given that this looks like it is going to last for at least several months, and the country is likely to be in a very difficult financial position afterwards with many businesses collapsing I do wonder if it is unlikely many services will ever be reinstated
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    Banbury to Bradford permitted routes

    sorry, yes I did mean Bradford. No worries I will just have to keep going via Leeds. Shame it is a nice ride between Doncaster and Bradford on the Grand Central services
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    Banbury to Bradford permitted routes

    I often travel from Banbury to Bradford. I change at Doncaster and Leeds, using a std Off Peak Return. Would I be permitted to instead use the Grand Central services between Doncaster and Bradford instead of going through Leeds. I know this used to be permitted but not sure if it is still a...
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    RealTimeTrains website

    I generally only use RealTimeTrains to check that a service is running to time and not cancelled. It does also give you catering information that is not generally available. For departure platform I would always use PIS at the station, as they are generally more up to date than RTT with regard...
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    RealTimeTrains website

    Does anyone know if any other TOCs are planning to show allocations and formation on RealTimeTrains?
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    Chiltern shortforming at weekends: are they short of stock?

    Yes, everyday Chiltern send out a tweet with a list of peaktime shortform departures from Marylebone, due to “more than usual number of units out of service requiring repairs” Given this list does not contain off peak services or services into London, Chiltern really do appear to have a...
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    Northern Class 331: Construction/Introduction Updates

    I am not convinced that the 331’s are a good choice for the Airedale and Wharfdale lines. Whilst 2+2 seating and tables may certainly be more comfortable than the units on there at present it is quite a reduction in capacity from the class 333. Also most journeys on these lines are less than...
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    Southeastern and XC Franchise- What's Happening?

    when does the XC direct award “extension” finish. I thought it was for only 12 months, which should finish Oct 20
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    Weather Disruption caused by storm Ciara (February 9th, 10th and 11th)

    I do wonder whether there would be such restrictions in place and service reduction if this had happened mid week rather than on a Sunday. although I do understand the need for these restrictions, I do fear it may mean in future every time a weather warning is in place network rail may just...
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    Northern Connect - original plans vs. what actually happened

    By now Bradford was supposed to have direct services to Liverpool, Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport, Sheffield, Nottingham and a two hourly LNER service to Kings Cross. None of them appear any closer to happening. but at least there are the new services to Hull and Chester
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    Which XC diagrams could accommodate double Voyagers?

    no both sets were definitely in use
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    Which XC diagrams could accommodate double Voyagers?

    I travelled on an 8 car service from Newcastle to Reading one Sunday a couple of months ago. The four car unit I was in was overcrowded and had people standing, but I was in the reserved coaches A - F so the other unit may have been quite quiet. I have never known an 8 car unit on this route...
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    Class 142s 3s and 4s opinions

    I really couldn’t agree more. I find a 144 is positively luxurious compared to a class 150, but that really says more about the 150 than the pacers. I will miss the pacers but it is definitely time to move on

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