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Offline barryb

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Thameslink from Cambridge
« on: May 25, 2018, 10:28:42 AM »
So... originally Cambridge was supposed to have 4tph (2 from Cambridge North), which was dropped to 1ph from Cambridge.

The outcome of this so far has been:

Sunday:  three trains ran
Monday: 7 trains out of 18 ran
Tuesday: 10 trains out of 18 ran
Wednesday: 9 trains out of 18 ran
Thursday: 3 out of the first four trains ran, but then the service was cancelled for the rest of the day

How long do we think this will last before there is an "emergency timetable"?

Offline Steves

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Re: Thameslink from Cambridge
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2018, 09:59:49 PM »
Most of the nominally Thameslink (worked by 700s?) that should run between Kings Cross and Cambridge North (the slow service) seem to terminate at Cambridge.  It is not clear why as it happens even if they are running on or close to time.  These are not included in the list above.  From December 2018, they should go through Thameslink to Maidstone.

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Re: Thameslink from Cambridge
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2018, 11:20:05 PM »
How long do we think this will last before there is an "emergency timetable"?

Aren't they *already* on an emergency timetable - in the sense that certain diagrams are cancelled until more trained drivers are available (rather than just doing it ad hoc)?

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Re: Thameslink from Cambridge
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2018, 05:17:44 PM »
Aren't they *already* on an emergency timetable - in the sense that certain diagrams are cancelled until more trained drivers are available (rather than just doing it ad hoc)?

I use realtimetrains to see what is going on and it should show those sort of planned 'emergency' changes as STP or VAR but it doesn't which suggest that those cancellations were not pre-planned.  Thinking about it, it may have been because individual the drivers did not sign for Cambridge North.  Possibly because another depot is now working some those trains.

I notice today that all the Cambridge - Gatwick services are shown as cancelled and have been replaced by Cambridge - Kings Cross trains which are then being cancelled as well!

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Re: Thameslink from Cambridge
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2018, 06:43:20 PM »
Time to end the failed 'Private Enterprise' model. Enterprise???::)
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Re: Thameslink from Cambridge
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2018, 10:37:59 PM »
8 Thameslink core trains from Cambridge today - almost up to the levels seen on... the first few days of the service :-(

And of course with this poor places like Foxton are seeing inexplicable 2, 3 or longer gaps in their services.

It's really still not going well, is it?