Does this mean the benefits of IETs (greater acceleration being one of them) will not translate to the timetable until late 2019?
Or does major timetable change refer to something other than quicker journey times?
So it says in the long running electrification thread. Bedwyn is supposed to be served by IETs, (subject to resolution of camera issues); Newbury by 387s, (subject to ORR approval of electrification, test running, crew training etc etc), with the odd peak Newbury - Bedwyn DMU shuttle.Will there be an hourly 387 to Newbury next Jan? It would have to replace the Bedwyn regional.
There's barely enough IETs for the current services, let alone extra Exeter services!
There’s little point really, they are hundreds of pages long between them:So no Paddington to Exeter semi-fast until December now? Think we really need the capacity!
swt_passenger please can you link me to the threads covering all this? Cheers
The 387s are thrashing the relief line regular timetable. The extended waits at stations are noticeable.
Yeah, but Hitachi is way behind on IET deliveries, so GWR won't have enough stock to operate it anyway
But this is supposed to be happening anyway?
How would electrification help services to Exeter vis B&H?Had the timetable enhancement gone ahead, much of the West of England service would have remained in the hands of HSTs, being progressively replaced by 802s between January and May. There are sufficient 800/5 (all delivered) and 800/9 (nearly all delivered) with GWR to cover the remainder of the new timetable, had it happened.
Remember, the new service would be timed for electric running Padd-Bristol PW, which gives you improved utilisation, earlier turnarounds etc. Hence (in part) how extra services would be achievable.
I think we really need 2tph Plymouth or at least Exeter to London. They can be extremely busy leaving Exeter. The best way would be to make the proposed Exeter semi-fast hourly and call at Bedwyn every 2 hours to maintain a connection to the west.Electric running between Paddington-Newbury which is a fairly marginal benefit; hence the WoE enhancement is about capacity / extra services. (Permitting an hourly fast Plymouth which provides a journey time improvement in itself.)