FGW Timetable Changes

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Oxford, Didcot and Thames Valley

· The current 05.52 Oxford to London Paddington service will be faster with fewer stops, departing later at 05.55, calling Radley at 06.02, Didcot Parkway at 06.11, Reading at 06.25 and London Paddington at 07.00. This service will no longer call at Cholsey, Goring & Streatley, Pangbourne and Tilehurst. The 06.02 from Oxford will continue to serve these stations.

· An additional early morning high speed service will be introduced from Oxford and Didcot Parkway to London Paddington every weekday. The service leaves Oxford at 07.33, calls Didcot Parkway at 07.48, Reading at 08.04 and arrives London Paddington at 08.30.

· An additional Oxford to London Paddington fast train service will be introduced at 06.45. This service runs non-stop to Twyford, calling there at 07.26; Maidenhead at 07.35; and arriving London Paddington at 07.58. The current 06.45 Oxford to London Paddington stopping service will therefore depart earlier at 06.33 and run as advertised from Didcot Parkway.

· Didcot receives a new morning peak high speed train service with more seats – the 06.30 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington service will call at Didcot Parkway at 07.30, calling Reading at 07.46 and arriving London Paddington at 08.15. This replaces the 05.34 Great Malvern to London Paddington service which will no longer call at Didcot Parkway (07.17).

· More capacity will be provided for Twyford and Maidenhead customers on two morning high speed services due to changes in stopping patterns. Both the 05.55 Oxford to London Paddington (now calling Twyford at 06.32 and Maidenhead at 06.39) and the 06.51 Oxford to London Paddington will call at fewer stations prior to calling at Twyford and Maidenhead.


Timings on some branch lines will change to ensure connections with main line services:

· The 06.19 Marlow to Bourne End service departs earlier at 06.17, arriving Bourne End at 06.24.

· The 06.20 Henley-on-Thames to Twyford service departs earlier at 06.19, calling Shiplake at 06.23, Wargrave at 06.26 and Twyford at 06.31.

· The 06.29 Bourne End to Maidenhead service departs earlier at 06.27, calls Cookham at 06.32, Furze Platt at 06.35, arriving Maidenhead at 06.38

Westcountry

· Capacity on the 06.47 Frome to Cardiff Central service will be doubled with two additional coaches providing more than 100 extra seats for customers travelling between Frome, West Wiltshire, Bath and Bristol.

· An additional train service will run between Exeter St Davids and Highbridge, departing 06.52 and calling Tiverton Parkway at 07.06 and Taunton at 07.22. This service continues to London Paddington, leaving Highbridge at 07.40.
 
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Updated and now at http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/NewsItem.aspx?id=425.

Alison Forster continues: "We will have the opportunity to make changes to the timetable in December 2007. Also, our current review is continuing and we will consider making further changes, in particular for customers using Bedwyn/Newbury to Reading services, over the next few months. We will announce these changes as soon as possible.

"Recent capacity problems in the Bristol and Bath commuter areas have been caused by a backlog of maintenance work required on our fleet of local trains. We are pulling out all the stops and have recruited additional staff at our Bristol maintenance depot to get this work completed as soon as possible. I’m confident that this will improve the reliability of our services and therefore seating capacity over the next couple of weeks."
 
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Indeed, Newbury has lost quite a service... the main peak time commuter train is an Adelante! And you apparently have to change at Reading to get in quickly........... you change to the same service that you would have got before the TT change.
 

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Yep, Newbury and Oxford both lost commuter services - these changes sort out Oxford to a similar level to the last timetable, hopefully Newbury's will change back soon too (FGW do seem to be hinting at it).
 

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I wonder whose authorized these extra services FGW or the Dft or both.Polititions getting itchy feet I suspect at so many Thames Valley voters(sorry commuters) up in arms.The Dft was never going to admit its decision to award First the new FGW franchise was in error and given GNERs troubled franchise the Dft is now probably desperate for political reasons that FGW does not go the same way paving the way for more fudges when the big franchise premium payements kick in.Here in Devon and Cornwall I suspect the Dft would like to terminate the main line at Exeter if it could with bustitution west of Exeter.
 
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