So is Ashchurch being renamed or what?

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About six months ago it was reported in a number of places that Ashchurch for Tewkesbury would become Tewkesbury Parkway at or around the May 2012 timetable change. And yet that seems not to have happened. National Rail and all three of the TOCs that serve it are still calling it Ashchurch.

Has this been quietly dropped?
 
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I'm pretty sure London Midland don't serve Ashchurch?
A once a week parliamentary train from Birmingham to Gloucester via Worcester SH.

There was talk not too long ago about making it a regular service but it never happened.

It runs once a week late on a Friday evening, with no return working.
 

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London Midland did for a period run a two hourly Worcester Shrub Hill to Gloucester service using a 170, think it ran for one timetable period, but due to low demand it stopped. It was of limited use because although in one direction it synced well with the FGW service, giving roughly hourly Worcester-Gloucester services in the other direction it ran right behind the FGW service so there were still nearly two hour gaps in the Gloucester-Worcester direction.
 

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London Midland did for a period run a two hourly Worcester Shrub Hill to Gloucester service using a 170, think it ran for one timetable period, but due to low demand it stopped.
The LM service was actually a replacement for an earlier XC service, diverting every other Cardiff service via Worcester. Slowed the service no end. Didn't catch on. LM stepped in so that Worcester to Cheltenham could remain hourly overall, but it was unworkable.
 

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When did the XC diversions via Worcester end? I can't recall there being many via Worcester even in the days up until the December 2008 timetable, just something like the first and last trains and some on Sundays.
 

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When did the XC diversions via Worcester end? I can't recall there being many via Worcester even in the days up until the December 2008 timetable, just something like the first and last trains and some on Sundays.
They were gone by December 2008. I think they were introduced in December 2007 as part of the Central reshuffle. (Actually in the original version of the reshuffle XC would have got all services to Hereford, presumably run through from Nottingham or Leicester.)
 

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The existing name is right as it is, with a correct geographical statement being made.....The Ronseal TV advertisment can be used as a comparison here.

Sankey for Penketh (near to the Warrington area) is another example that springs to mind.
Should we really go in that direction though? It sort of negates the whole parkway ethos. Do we really need "Stoke Gifford for Bristol", "Fleet Marston for Aylesbury", "Budbrook for Warwick", "Dreasonmoor Wood for Bodmin", etc. etc? Parkway is a pretty sound concept that probably deserves further applications.
 

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Should we really go in that direction though? It sort of negates the whole parkway ethos. Do we really need "Stoke Gifford for Bristol", "Fleet Marston for Aylesbury", "Budbrook for Warwick", "Dreasonmoor Wood for Bodmin", etc. etc? Parkway is a pretty sound concept that probably deserves further applications.
Staffordshire CC suggested renaming Lichfield City as 'Lichfield City and Burntwood Parkway' a few years back. To me, that takes things to extreams. So would Blake Street for Aldridge. An accurate description of the stations catchment area, but an unnecessary addition to the station naem.
 

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London Midland did for a period run a two hourly Worcester Shrub Hill to Gloucester service using a 170, think it ran for one timetable period, but due to low demand it stopped.
IIRC it was at the time they were trying to introduce the Parry People Mover on the Stourbridge Town branch, but because of the PPM's long periods of unavailability they had to pinch the 153 off the Gloucester shuttle hence the 170.
 

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God, doesn't anyone else think this 'Parkway' tag obsession has rather run its course? I find it cheesy and already a bit 'early noughties'. Why not add '.com' at the end of the station name too, while you're at it.

Also, I may be mistaken, but I always thought a 'parkway' was a main road that went through a park or forrested area - though more commonly used in North America rather than Britain.
 

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God, doesn't anyone else think this 'Parkway' tag obsession has rather run its course? I find it cheesy and already a bit 'early noughties'. Why not add '.com' at the end of the station name too, while you're at it.

Also, I may be mistaken, but I always thought a 'parkway' was a main road that went through a park or forrested area - though more commonly used in North America rather than Britain.
I can see what you mean regarding the use of 'Parkway', but it's nothing new really.... after all Bristol P'Way was opened forty years ago. At least it was a new station though, as opposed to renaming an existing one.... to this day Bodmin Parkway to me will always remain Bodmin Road ;)
 

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In a linked (albeit tenuously) idea, I was wondering the other day why Radley station has no mention of Abingdon (a much larger settlement) in it's name, Radley is much nearer to Abingdon than Tiverton Parkway is to Tiverton.

Strange eh?
 

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I can see what you mean regarding the use of 'Parkway', but it's nothing new really.... after all Bristol P'Way was opened forty years ago. At least it was a new station though, as opposed to renaming an existing one.... to this day Bodmin Parkway to me will always remain Bodmin Road ;)
Yeah, hadn't considered that. That said, I think Stoke Girrod has a nice ring to it. ;)
 

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Ashchurch is my local station, and I've used it today.

I don't think it should be renamed to Tewkesbury Parkway. Although it has a free car park it's only small, and was nearly full up today as it was. There was about 4 free spaces, so you don''t want too many extra cars there. I guess a few more could park in the road leading to the station as it only has yellow lines on one side.

What it really needs is more trains. If a few more XC trains going to Birmingham / Cardiff could stop there that would be great, and a few more road signs. The few there are have a P sign on them already but there isn't that many signs around.
 

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I think so, not every train but maybe one every 2 or 3 hours. There were about 20 others who got off the train there this evening so with a 2 hour service the station is being used.

I think 3 XC trains an hour pass by in each direction, and only a handfull stop each day.

 

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I think stopping alternate Cardiff XC services would help; similarly, they could call at Bromsgrove. Once BMV is electrified it would make journeys like Cheltenham to Redditch far easier should these services stop there, and it would also give Tewkesbury as a town a far better service (as opposed to the current 1tp2h).
 

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God, doesn't anyone else think this 'Parkway' tag obsession has rather run its course? I find it cheesy and already a bit 'early noughties'. Why not add '.com' at the end of the station name too, while you're at it.

Also, I may be mistaken, but I always thought a 'parkway' was a main road that went through a park or forrested area - though more commonly used in North America rather than Britain.
Parkway I believe is supposed to have a large car park, near a motorway and also have bus links to said place, excluding Port Talbot Parkway
 

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And Didcot Parkway, which is already in the middle of Didcot (which is nowhere near any major road).
Only about 4 miles from the A34, whilst not next door, quite possibly one of the most major A roads there is. Coleshill Parkway and Haddenham and Thame do seem to make a mockery of the title though.
 
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