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The timetable has "fixed links" listed in it between Heathrow and Slough/Feltham (so it says it takes an hour to get between Feltham and Heathrow, rather than saying there's a bus leaving at such and such a time). The Reading and Woking buses are in the timetable, and these are the ones which have been cancelled.

What I was thinking was that, with temporary timetable changes, there is usually advice for what people should do if their journeys are disrupted. All I can find here is advice to speak to station staff. Whether you would then be allowed to use one of the various routes to Heathrow which are still running, or would need to pay for a different ticket, is left open.
 

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Some easements were removed from the routeing guide this afternoon.
Changes from 27 Apr 2020 (302) to 06 May 2020 (303).

Easement changes:

Removed:

700897 (Map) Due to engineering work diversions on the weekend of 25 and 26 April 2020, Cross Country services will be diverted between Cheltenham Spa and Bristol. This map easement will create temporary permitted routes via Swindon and Bath Spa and will apply in both directions.

700900 (Routeing Point) Due to engineering works and the replacement of trains with rail replacement bus services on the weekends of 09/09 February 2020, 29 February and 01 March 2020, 14 - 15 March 2020, Easter holiday 10 - 13 April 2020 and 18-19 April 2020. Tickets to and from Dagenham Dock, Rainham (Essex) and Purfleet priced (00114) VIA GRAYS, will be valid on rail replacement bus services travelling to Upminster.

700901 (Routeing Point) Due to engineering works and the replacement of trains with rail replacement bus services on weekends of 08-09 February 2020, 29 February - 01 March 2020, 14 - 15 March 2020, Easter holiday 10 - 13 April 2020 and 18-19 April 2020. Tickets to and from Dagenham Dock, Rainham (Essex) and Purfleet priced (00112) VIA BARKING, will be valid on rail replacement bus services travelling to Upminster.

700902 (Map) Due to engineering work, on the 02 - 03 May 2020 Cross Country services will be diverted between Cheltenham and Bristol via Swindon and Bath Spa. This map easement will operate in both directions
These are all temporary easements which have now expired.
 

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Some more changes were published yesterday (Thursday).
Changes from 06 May 2020 (303) to 07 May 2020 (304).
Permitted Route changes:
Preston (PRE) to Runcorn (RUN) gain JK+LC lose CU+CV
This journey is no longer valid via Manchester or via Bolton.

Easement changes:
Added:
700911 (Map) Customers travelling from or via Carlisle to Hunts Cross, Liverpool South Parkway, Edge Hill, Liverpool Lime Street or via Liverpool Lime Street, on tickets priced (00307) VIA LANCASTER, (00317) VIA PRESTON and (00457) AWC & CONNECTIONS may travel via Crewe, Runcorn and Liverpool South Parkway. This map easement applies in both directions.
A journey from Carlisle to Hunts Cross, Liverpool South Parkway, Edge Hill or Liverpool Lime Street was already valid valid via Crewe, Runcorn and Liverpool South Parkway. The route is shown on maps CG+CV, and the double back between Acton Bridge and Crewe is permitted by easement 700231.

This easement may be more useful for journeys via Carlisle and/or Liverpool, but I don't know where this would be particularly useful.

I'm not 100% sure, but the way this easement appears in the data file seems a bit off to me.

The data file uses a number of rows in a table for this easement, with different rows for journeys from, to and via the stations at each end. It doesn't include a row for journeys from Liverpool (etc.) which go via Carlisle, however.

Some of the rows quote the route code (00452) AWC &CONNECTIONS, and others use (00457) AP KETTERING instead. AP Kettering is used for journeys between St. Albans or Radlett and some places in Scotland such as Edinburgh. I don't know if this easement affects routes like that.

Most of the rows list Warrington Bank Quay as an "Applicable location", although the easement text does not specify that the route has to go that way rather than (say) via Manchester.

All of the rows list Hunts Cross as an "Applicable location". I don't know how exactly these should be interpreted, but someone travelling to Liverpool Lime Street via Crewe, Runcorn and Liverpool South Parkway wouldn't normally go through Hunts Cross.

I forgot to include this before, but the details for a route code were changed on Wednesday.

STRATFORD/LONDON (00003)
must go via London Liverpool Street (LST) or Stratford (SRA)
the route does not mention London
the route MAY include London

From what I can tell, this means that a ticket with this route is now valid for a journey which includes a London Terminal other than Liverpool Street. The Data Feed Specification lists this route an an example for a LONDON_MARKER of 2 (MAY include London), so it was perhaps a bit odd that it was something else.
 

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Some more changes were published this afternoon.
Changes from 07 May 2020 (304) to 13 May 2020 (305).

Permitted Route changes:
Carlisle (CAR) to Liverpool Group (G18) gain CG+EV
No effect. CG+CV (which was already a valid map combination) covered the same routes.

Kirkham & Wesham (KKM) to Runcorn (RUN) gain JP+CV
This journey now has mapped routes via Huyton (or rather, ones which use a straightforward route).

Tickets to Runcorn have "via Crewe", "via Liverpool" and "Avanti only" routes, and a "via Liverpool" ticket was already valid via Huyton. This change is more useful for journeys such as Blackpool North-Hartford, which only has "any permitted" tickets.

Easement changes:

Changed:

700911 (Map) Customers travelling from or via Carlisle to Hunts Cross, Liverpool South Parkway, Edge Hill, Liverpool Lime Street or via Liverpool Lime Street, on tickets priced (00307) VIA LANCASTER, (00317) VIA PRESTON and (00457)(00452) AWC & CONNECTIONS may travel via Crewe, Runcorn and Liverpool South Parkway. This map easement applies in both directions.
This changes a route code to match its description.

The version of this easement in the data file has changed a bit more. It now contains the above route codes, and no longer contains any from/to/via locations. The "Applicable Locations" are Crewe (CRE), Hunts Cross (HNX), Liverpool South Parkway (LPY), Runcorn (RUN), Warrington Central (WAC) & Warrington Bank Quay (WBQ).
 

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