Times of Cotswold Line commuter trains change to boost punctuality

A First Great Western Class 180 Adelante train at Charlbury station

A First Great Western Class 180 Adelante train at Charlbury station

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CHANGES are being made to train timetables next month to improve reliability of a key Oxfordshire commuter train.

From Monday, March 4, the 7.15am train from Charlbury to London Paddington will depart three minutes earlier, at 7.12am, and will also leave Hanborough three minutes earlier, at 7.21am, arriving at Oxford at 7.30am. Its departure time from Oxford, at 7.34am, is unchanged.

This service has been cancelled between Charlbury and Oxford several times in recent weeks after delays to other services prevented the empty train reaching Charlbury and it is often delayed at Oxford, with commuters complaining not enough time is allowed for them to board.

In addition, there are changes to the 5.48am train from London to Worcester to ensure it reaches Charlbury on time, clearing the single line to Oxford for the 7.12am departure.

The stop by this train at Radley at 6.48am will be withdrawn and replaced by a service at 6.35am. The Worcester-bound train will then leave Oxford three minutes earlier, at 6.53am, and Hanborough at 7.02am, reaching Charlbury at 7.10am.

Operator First Great Western’s managing director, Mark Hopwood, said: “Due to a number of challenges, performance on our services in this area has not been up to the standard we expect to deliver for our customers.”

Revised timetables are available online at firstgreatwestern.co.uk and at staffed stations.

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8:36pm Sat 23 Feb 13

train passenger says...

I think if I start my walk to London tomorrow I can also get there punctually for Christmas. Some form of progress.
I think if I start my walk to London tomorrow I can also get there punctually for Christmas. Some form of progress. train passenger
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8:59am Mon 25 Feb 13

bobsmith61 says...

Good plan, make the rail journeys longer that way they might be more punctual.
Good plan, make the rail journeys longer that way they might be more punctual. bobsmith61
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11:10am Mon 25 Feb 13

King Joke says...

Isn't it about time the journalist profession abandoned the clumsy '7.48 am' format it clings to and adopts the '0748' format the railways have been using for the last 49 years?

I hope Trainpassenger and Bob aren't being sarcastic. If it's physically impossible to run a timetable as written, because for instance not enough time was allowed for passengers to board at Oxford, then it's only common sense to adopt a more workable schedule.
Isn't it about time the journalist profession abandoned the clumsy '7.48 am' format it clings to and adopts the '0748' format the railways have been using for the last 49 years? I hope Trainpassenger and Bob aren't being sarcastic. If it's physically impossible to run a timetable as written, because for instance not enough time was allowed for passengers to board at Oxford, then it's only common sense to adopt a more workable schedule. King Joke
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12:14pm Mon 25 Feb 13

bobsmith61 says...

That depends on if the motivation for the change of the times is to make it better for the passengers of if it is just being changed to make the punctuality figures better
That depends on if the motivation for the change of the times is to make it better for the passengers of if it is just being changed to make the punctuality figures better bobsmith61
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12:39pm Mon 25 Feb 13

King Joke says...

Undoubtedly it is done to improve the figures, but if it improves conditions for passengers then what's the harm?

As the article states, often the train had to be cancelled at Charlbury, presumably because the train ran straight through from Worcester to make up time. Reducing cancellations sounds like a passenger benefit to me.

Additionally running late into Paddington means the next service this unit forms will also be late, or will not be cleaned internally, inconveniencing more people.

It's a good idea all round to devise a robust operation that can cope with real conditions.
Undoubtedly it is done to improve the figures, but if it improves conditions for passengers then what's the harm? As the article states, often the train had to be cancelled at Charlbury, presumably because the train ran straight through from Worcester to make up time. Reducing cancellations sounds like a passenger benefit to me. Additionally running late into Paddington means the next service this unit forms will also be late, or will not be cleaned internally, inconveniencing more people. It's a good idea all round to devise a robust operation that can cope with real conditions. King Joke
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