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London-Scotland rail woes - read all about it

London-Scotland rail woes - read all about it

Old Aug 11th, 2002, 05:02 AM
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Nigel Doran
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London-Scotland rail woes - read all about it

This from PA News. Basically, all west-coast (Virgin) services from London Euston to Scotland and north-west of England via the English midlands are affected every weekend for eighteen weeks:
www.railtrack.co.uk, www.virgin.com

Thousands of rail passengers were again facing major delays to their journeys
today with the second day of a weekend of repairs.
The engineering programme, which will run every weekend for 18-weeks, which
will shut down one of the busiest lines in Europe.
The upgrading of the West Coast Main Line will cost an estimated #6.3 billion
to complete and will "inevitably" lead to delays on the service in and out of
London with buses replacing those trains affected by the works.
Passengers travelling on the line between London Euston and Glasgow have been
told to expect up to an hour added to their journey times during the work, which
will eventually enable Virgin Trains to run a 125mph tilting train.
The line between Hemel Hempstead and Milton Keynes will shut down each weekend
from now until December 8, affecting passengers travelling with Virgin Trains
and Silverlink.
 
Old Aug 11th, 2002, 11:34 AM
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Trains on the east coast route to Scotland are running according to timetable. At weekends they take less than 5 hours from London to Edinburgh, and Glasgow is an hour beyond. The cheaper tickets are Apex, Supersaver, and Saver. A pleasant way that cuts a hotel bill (but misses some fine scenery) is overnight in a sleeper.

Trains run from London Marylebone to Banbury on lines unaffected by engineering: from Banbury to can connect to Stratford and Warwick. Trains also run from London Paddington to Reading, where connections take you north to Leamington, for Warwick and Stratford, and to Oxenholme, for the Lake District. All these trains run to timetable.

All in all, PA news have given just the bad news. The alternatives I list are the good news.

Welcome to Britain: please bring an umbrella. Now who is giving the bad news ?

Ben Haines, London
 
Old Aug 11th, 2002, 01:33 PM
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Trains on the east coast route to Scotland are running according to timetable. At weekends they take less than 5 hours from London to Edinburgh, and Glasgow is an hour beyond. The cheaper tickets are Apex, Supersaver, and Saver. A pleasant way that cuts a hotel bill (but misses some fine scenery) is overnight in a sleeper.

Trains run from London Marylebone to Banbury on lines unaffected by engineering: from Banbury to can connect to Stratford and Warwick. Trains also run from London Paddington to Reading, where connections take you north to Leamington, for Warwick and Stratford, and to Oxenholme, for the Lake District. All these trains run to timetable.

All in all, PA news have given just the bad news. The alternatives I list are the good news.

Welcome to Britain: please bring an umbrella. Now who is giving the bad news ?

Ben Haines, London
 
Old Aug 11th, 2002, 01:46 PM
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Ruth
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Actually I think it is good news that some money is (at last) being put into updating the railway infrastructure. But thanks for the info.
 
Old Aug 11th, 2002, 01:48 PM
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For Ruth. As a Briton, I agree, but I am writing for Americans and others who mean to come as tourists in a month or so.

Ben Haines
 
Old Aug 12th, 2002, 01:07 PM
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Ann
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It's the football fans more than the Americans that will be affected the most.
 
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