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 Post subject: Christmas rail delays: Work to shut lines across UK !
PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:25 am 
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Hi,

See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41950724

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"Rail passengers are being advised to travel earlier to avoid disruption over the Christmas period, with more than 200 sets of engineering works planned.

Routes across London, Kent, East Sussex, Lancashire, Essex and Glasgow are among the lines to be shut.

Network Rail, which controls the UK's railways, says 95% of the network will be unaffected and it is the least disruptive time to do this work.

Bus replacements are planned but journey times are likely to increase.

London Paddington will be closed for four days between Christmas Eve and 27 December with Great Western Railway advising passengers to travel by 23 December "at the latest".

Between 23 December and 1 January, there will be no Greater Anglia trains between London Liverpool Street and Ingatestone or Billericay.

Elsewhere, buses will replace trains between Preston and Lancaster from Christmas Eve until 27 December.

Over this three-day period, those travelling between London and Glasgow will also face longer journey times as passengers are advised to go via Edinburgh.

Southeastern trains will not be running to London Bridge, Charing Cross or Cannon Street from 23 December to 1 January.

Network Rail's chief executive Mark Carne said most of the network is open for "business as usual" but some routes will be "heavily affected".

He strongly advised passengers to plan ahead this Christmas.

"We know that our railway is up to 50% quieter than usual during the festive period, so taking on and delivering these huge transformational schemes at this time of year minimises our impact on passengers."

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Good timing eh ?


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:29 am 
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I'm sure they know what they are doing Mick.. :shock:

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Is it just me or isn't Christmas the time when people travel home to spend the time with their families. Who in their right mind made the decision to do this at one of the most important travel periods of the year. The UK is fucked!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:09 am 
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Gents, you need to park up the outrage bus and have a brew.

This is SOP for the rail companies. Minor work is routinely carried out overnight, whilst major works are completed during holiday periods (Christmas, Easter etc) when customer levels are at there lowest. These works are promulgated well in advance so that commuters can organise alternative travel arrangements (travel before/after or, god forgive, catch a bus).

They did try a system of doing all major works between 29-31st February, but for some reason, it didn’t work.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:58 am 
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Hi Duncan,

Thanks for that reply mate.


So it shouldn't be as bad as it would appear ?


I've learned something today.


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DuncanP wrote:
Gents, you need to park up the outrage bus and have a brew.

This is SOP for the rail companies. Minor work is routinely carried out overnight, whilst major works are completed during holiday periods (Christmas, Easter etc) when customer levels are at there lowest. These works are promulgated well in advance so that commuters can organise alternative travel arrangements (travel before/after or, god forgive, catch a bus).

They did try a system of doing all major works between 29-31st February, but for some reason, it didn’t work.



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Just think of the money you could save over Xmas. When can’t visit the relatives, and the food you don’t have to buy when they can’t visit you, and all the lay-ins you could have because the grandkids are not waking you up. Roll on more disruption.


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