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Obstruction on Line Barry

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The line between Barry and Cadoxton has been blocked all evening due to an obstruction. One train was trapped on the Island Side, 2A24 1855 Barry Island to Aberdare which terminated ay Barry, the unit eventually returning to Cardiff via the VOG and Bridgend. Why ATW Journey Check states obstruction as seems to be the norm, when it would have been easier to write car and save the trouble of writing such a longer word. Car came through the fence but don't know any further details.
 
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The line between Barry and Cadoxton has been blocked all evening due to an obstruction. One train was trapped on the Island Side, 2A24 1855 Barry Island to Aberdare which terminated ay Barry, the unit eventually returning to Cardiff via the VOG and Bridgend. Why ATW Journey Check states obstruction as seems to be the norm, when it would have been easier to write car and save the trouble of writing such a longer word. Car came through the fence but don't know any further details.

Because the car is the obstruction?
 

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Why ATW Journey Check states obstruction as seems to be the norm, when it would have been easier to write car and save the trouble of writing such a longer word.
Two reasons come to mind - first off they probably have pre-written templates so it would actually be more work to delete 'obstruction' and replace it with 'car', and secondly for all the web team knew it could have been that the car was clear of the track and it was fencing (or similar debris) that was actually blocking the track.
 

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It seems the TOCs don't want us to know what is causing the obstruction.

"Obstruction on the line" is a pre-written template I believe, so is therefore standard for all TOCs to use it, and for the second reason posted by najaB above.

The only time I've seen otherwise was when South West Trains retweeted a photo of the remains of a kitchen sink in the cess on the line at Netley.
 

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It seems the TOCs don't want us to know what is causing the obstruction.

To be fair, you don't need to know. You want to know, but what you NEED to know as a traveller is that the line is shut, and whether it will be shut for a long period with alternative transport provided or a shorter period with delays.
 

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To be fair, you don't need to know. You want to know, but what you NEED to know as a traveller is that the line is shut, and whether it will be shut for a long period with alternative transport provided or a shorter period with delays.

The problem with this is, I as a traveller will need to know, so I can get a rough idea of how long the line will be closed based off previous incidents of a similar nature ("emergency services dealing with an incident" comes to mind)

whether it will be shut for a long period with alternative transport provided

The problem is, TOCs don't tend to give an ETA, and replacement transport can take up to two hours to show up in a dire incident; one comes to mind a few years back now, a person hit by a train at Liss, absolutely no way of getting between Havant and Guildford and no replacement transport for a good two hours or so.
 
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