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I'm glad I don't work for South West Trains. [Mar. 28th, 2007|10:00 am]
Douglas Spencer
I arrived at the station this morning at about 07:20, expecting to get on a train to London at 07:32.

I got on a train at 09:46.

Evidently something strange had taken place because there were no trains. Not just no train service, not just no trains moving, but no trains in existence at all between Ascot and Reading.

Oh dear.

[User Picture]From: purpletigron
2007-03-28 09:40 am (UTC)

Your experiences seem more ... disrupted!


Broken down train in the Ascot area

Time Reported: 06:24
Route Affected: London Waterloo – Clapham Junction – Barnes - Richmond / Hounslow – Staines – Ascot - Reading; also Ascot – Bagshot – Camberley – Frimley – Ash Vale – Aldershot – Ash – Wanborough – Guildford
TOC/s Affected: South West Trains
Description: Train services in the Ascot area are being disrupted by a broken down train

Alterations, cancellations and delays up to 30 minutes can be expected.
Updates: 07:59 First Great Western are accepting South West Trains tickets between London Paddington and Reading; Reading and Wokingham; Reading and Guildford. London Underground are also accepting tickets between Waterloo and Paddington
08:19 The broken down train has now been moved and trains are able to run normally.

Residual cancellations and delays of up to 40 minutes can be expected for the next 2 to 3 hours.
09:20 Services are now running up to 15 minutes late. First Great Western and London Underground are no longer accepting South West Trains tickets.
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[User Picture]From: pingopark
2007-03-28 10:18 am (UTC)
Sounds like a normal day commuting on SWT to me. There were "speed restrictions at Waterloo" this morning as well, but I was less than ten minutes late.
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[User Picture]From: cobrabay
2007-03-28 10:55 am (UTC)
Gosh, this entirely passed me by. I had so much trouble getting to sleep last night (really bad headache which is only subsiding now) that I decided to get up a little later, have a proper breakfast and catch the 8:56 from Wokingham to Bracknell instead of my usual train (7:56). It turned up, I got on, no problem.
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[User Picture]From: lexin
2007-03-28 12:06 pm (UTC)
Which only goes to prove that all this 'getting up early and going to work' stuff is a sad mistake.

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