Smoke and Mirrors

A great deal of capacity was withdrawn in December, especially at peak hours. Many trains were returned to the companies from whom they were leased and more (the Adalante units) are due to go back too this December.

First blame the Department for Transport Transwilts

The Department for Transport say that Wilts County Council must get involved

Wilts County Council tell us it's up to First ...

At least in public - behind the scenes you'll see little co-operations such as the easing of SLC2 in September to allow for the only "TransWilts" train in the morning to be moved obnoxiously ealry so that the same train can provide a reasonable-time commuter service into Cheltenham.

The players

In this section, we'll tell you who the various players are and attempt to tell you what their roles are!

First Great Western

Department for Transport

Network Rail

Office of Rail Regulator

Strategic Rail Authority (r.i.p.)


Passenger Focus

Recent discussions:
Link to ... Network Rail bosses "let the plane take the strain"
Link to ... Who makes it hard to claim compensation?
Link to ... Cancelled then re-instated.
Link to ... Controlled news release from Department for Transport - knew but did not tell
Link to ... Pointless Porkie? (or - "what's wrong with the truth?")
Link to ... "I would recommend passengers to sit as far as possible from the engine ..."
Link to ... What is the DfT not allowing us to be told?
Link to ... Wales may scrap Network Rail payments
Link to ... It's misinformation Sunday!
Link to .. Call / data centre response time
Link to .. Should rail companies block passengers on Social Media
Link to .. Trains reversing beyond the station
Link to .. Christian Wolmar - "Why Britainís railways have plunged to a 12-year-low...
Link to .. Confusing Automated Announcements
Link to .. Smoke and mirrors - circular referrals where everyone passed you on.
Link to .. Mineral hardness scale for amended journeys
Link to .. Short formation - whose responsible for the decision?
Link to .. Readability of rail information
Link to .. Effect on passengers of cancelling and the re-instating
Link to .. T minus twelve - Mark Hopwood writes

See here for discussions.

Return to home page

N.B. - This site is owned and run by a customer of Great Western Railway and is not an official site of the company. If you are looking for Great Western Railway's web site please go to If you want to know more about this site, go here.

You may follow links in the text to explore other topics.
Extra link - Return to the HomePage of this share system

You are a guest
Enter name and password to