FLOODING: Rail passengers suffer delays and frustration

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Rail commuters were forced to put up with another frustrating day of delays and cancellations yesterday.

First Great Western ran a shuttle service between Oxford and Didcot due to flood water on the tracks at Redbridge, while CrossCountry suspended its services between Oxford and Reading due to the same problem and ran only one train an hour between Oxford, Banbury and Birmingham.

FGW operated a special timetable on the Cotswold Line.

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9:06am Thu 9 Jan 14

WitneyGreen says...

This shoddily-written little dig at First Great Western is completely uncalled for. CrossCountry cancelled all of their through-services, this is true, but FGW ran train shuttles from Didcot to Oxford, and from Oxford to Worcester via the Cotswold Line, as well as keeping the Banbury and Bicester routes going. Given the horrendous flooding on the line, this was admirable.

Furthermore, those of us travelling were kept up to date brilliantly by FGW's Twitter feed and webpage, which was constantly updated, and staff at the station knew what was going on.

This is in stark contrast to attempting to travel by bus - neither Stagecoach or Oxford Bus Company updated passengers in a timely way, with the former insisting delays were 'about 30 minutes' despite rush-hour journey times to West Oxfordshire in excess of 2.5 hours. The Oxontime bus system was not used properly, telling passengers at remote bus stops that buses were 'DUE; when in fact they were all stacked up on Woodstock Road in a two-hour queue.
This shoddily-written little dig at First Great Western is completely uncalled for. CrossCountry cancelled all of their through-services, this is true, but FGW ran train shuttles from Didcot to Oxford, and from Oxford to Worcester via the Cotswold Line, as well as keeping the Banbury and Bicester routes going. Given the horrendous flooding on the line, this was admirable. Furthermore, those of us travelling were kept up to date brilliantly by FGW's Twitter feed and webpage, which was constantly updated, and staff at the station knew what was going on. This is in stark contrast to attempting to travel by bus - neither Stagecoach or Oxford Bus Company updated passengers in a timely way, with the former insisting delays were 'about 30 minutes' despite rush-hour journey times to West Oxfordshire in excess of 2.5 hours. The Oxontime bus system was not used properly, telling passengers at remote bus stops that buses were 'DUE; when in fact they were all stacked up on Woodstock Road in a two-hour queue. WitneyGreen
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