Rail bosses vow they'll cope during £20m track works

Daily Echo: Rail bosses vow they'll cope during £20m track works Rail bosses vow they'll cope during £20m track works

RAIL bosses are insisting they will be able to cope as thousands of train passengers are forced to switch to replacement buses as vital works get under way. A major £20m project to improve the track will see Southampton Central station closed for two months on weekends. But with Saints games taking place on March 15 and 29 and April 12 and 26, against Norwich, Newcastle, Cardiff and Everton, as well as a St George’s Day Parade and Easter fair, the pressure will be on South West Trains to deliver an effective replacement bus service. The buses can fit 50 people, but a normal South West Trains carriage which can fit 300 people. Should a five-carriage train be up to capacity, then 30 replacement buses would be needed to cater for them. South West Trains insist that they will have a fleet of buses ready to be used during those times. A spokesperson said: “We have detailed numbers and forecasts for the numbers of people travelling on each weekend of the works, and the replacement bus service will cater for the number of people expected to travel. “We are sorry for the inevitable disruption this will cause, however we are committed to providing the best possible service for our passengers whilst work is carried out.” Passenger group Rail Future Wessex has called for buses to accommodate luggage, bikes, wheelchairs and prams. To find out exactly how the closures will affect you, go to dailyecho.co.uk.

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12:48pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Andy Locks Heath says...

Train Operating Companies and Network Rail reach for a Rail Replacement Bus Service (RRBS) at the drop of a hat now, and no, it is not acceptable. it is not acceptable because nobody can predict how long their journey will take. Who can use the railway if they have any kind of deadline to meet, say a flight, a show, an appointment etc ? THose people are forced onto the roads, and the one who have no choice have to sit and suffer as a result. It's RyanAir on wheels but without any discount. There was a time when Network Rail could have terminated and turned westbound trains at Millbrook (4 platform faces just like Brockenhurst) or even Redbridge but now they terminate all the way back at Brockenhurst because so much intermediate rail crossing infrastructure has been removed for "operational and signalling convenience" (ie short sighted cost cutting). So the public sufffer and the TOCs couldn;t care less because they are compensated for not running trains! Who speaks for the passenger with any weight or influence? Nobody. No sign of a local councillor let alone an MP. Perhaps it is just too complicated for them.
Train Operating Companies and Network Rail reach for a Rail Replacement Bus Service (RRBS) at the drop of a hat now, and no, it is not acceptable. it is not acceptable because nobody can predict how long their journey will take. Who can use the railway if they have any kind of deadline to meet, say a flight, a show, an appointment etc ? THose people are forced onto the roads, and the one who have no choice have to sit and suffer as a result. It's RyanAir on wheels but without any discount. There was a time when Network Rail could have terminated and turned westbound trains at Millbrook (4 platform faces just like Brockenhurst) or even Redbridge but now they terminate all the way back at Brockenhurst because so much intermediate rail crossing infrastructure has been removed for "operational and signalling convenience" (ie short sighted cost cutting). So the public sufffer and the TOCs couldn;t care less because they are compensated for not running trains! Who speaks for the passenger with any weight or influence? Nobody. No sign of a local councillor let alone an MP. Perhaps it is just too complicated for them. Andy Locks Heath
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2:51pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Zeo says...

Could of put a DMU service from Southampton Airport-St Denys-Northam with a temp station - I fail to see why they have not gone a head and put in a new station at Northam and at Ocean Vilage
Could of put a DMU service from Southampton Airport-St Denys-Northam with a temp station - I fail to see why they have not gone a head and put in a new station at Northam and at Ocean Vilage Zeo
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5:15pm Fri 7 Mar 14

The Wickham Man says...

Zeo wrote:
Could of put a DMU service from Southampton Airport-St Denys-Northam with a temp station - I fail to see why they have not gone a head and put in a new station at Northam and at Ocean Vilage
We are at the end of the queue when it comes to capital funding Zeo. COnsider that the Scots can afford to build a 35 mile railway line to what is little more than a village while here we couldn't get funding to run trains along a line that still exists and is in good running order (Hythe) or to relieve a large town that is still gridlocked by congestion (Gosport). Funding is totally skewed towards Scotland by WHitehall. If the scots vote for their own oblivion (and I hope they do) then English taxpayers might benefit from more English investment.
[quote][p][bold]Zeo[/bold] wrote: Could of put a DMU service from Southampton Airport-St Denys-Northam with a temp station - I fail to see why they have not gone a head and put in a new station at Northam and at Ocean Vilage[/p][/quote]We are at the end of the queue when it comes to capital funding Zeo. COnsider that the Scots can afford to build a 35 mile railway line to what is little more than a village while here we couldn't get funding to run trains along a line that still exists and is in good running order (Hythe) or to relieve a large town that is still gridlocked by congestion (Gosport). Funding is totally skewed towards Scotland by WHitehall. If the scots vote for their own oblivion (and I hope they do) then English taxpayers might benefit from more English investment. The Wickham Man
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7:44pm Fri 7 Mar 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

300 passengers per carriage,is that correct? WOW!
300 passengers per carriage,is that correct? WOW! 100%HANTSBOY
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7:47pm Fri 7 Mar 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

In France they just shut the lines completely,for weeks at a time,no questions asked,so we should be thankful this work is happening "off peak"
In France they just shut the lines completely,for weeks at a time,no questions asked,so we should be thankful this work is happening "off peak" 100%HANTSBOY
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