UK trains; more or less normal now?

Old Aug 31st, 2022, 04:09 AM
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UK trains; more or less normal now?

I got a message from Avanti West Coast that my 8 September train back down from Glasgow might be running on an amended schedule, and that they'll release timetable a week in advance. Maybe repairs or some such.

I can travel on 'the service' if my train is canceled. That means on Avanti?

Big strike scheduled later in the month, I see, but are things otherwise running pretty normal?

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Old Aug 31st, 2022, 06:08 AM
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Strikes may occur in late September 2022. It looks at the moment not to affect you.

https://www.theguardian.com/business...rike-announced
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Old Aug 31st, 2022, 08:12 AM
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Avanti have staff shortages and are generally struggling to provide a service, and as a result they keep changing their timetables, and cancelling trains or terminating them early.
They have a terrible reputation at the moment, it has been going on for several months, leaving passengers stranded.
I hope it works out for you!
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Old Aug 31st, 2022, 09:00 AM
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I wonder if “the service” means a bus or coach to substitute for the cancelled train?
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Old Aug 31st, 2022, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Heimdall View Post
I wonder if “the service” means a bus or coach to substitute for the cancelled train?
I assume it means a different train company.
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Old Aug 31st, 2022, 03:11 PM
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Hmm. Sorry to hear bad rep. They still have a day or two to tell me what's up, so I'll have to be vigilant. Thanks!
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I am trying to book Oxford to Edinburgh tickets for early October and tickets are still not available. Is that normal?
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Old Sep 4th, 2022, 08:39 AM
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I am trying to book Oxford to Edinburgh tickets for early October and tickets are still not available. Is that normal?
How are you trying to book? Which website? I see all routes booking as normal through late November. Are you by any chance using American date format (mm/dd/yy) instead of dd/mm/yy
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Old Sep 4th, 2022, 08:40 AM
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Trainline is selling ticket O to E early October and late October right now.
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im using raileurope and their calendar. is there a different site you suggest?
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Old Sep 4th, 2022, 03:12 PM
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i get this notice:

Sorry, we haven't found any tickets

The booking horizon for this journey varies but is usually at least two months before travel.
EDIT SAVE

Oxford to Edinburgh (Waverley, city c...

Sat 1 Oct, 09:00

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Old Sep 4th, 2022, 03:14 PM
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checked on train line and got this. i do not know what im doing wrong

OUT

Sat 1 Oct 2022


Oxford to Edinburgh (Waverley)Earlier
Standard1st class
  • 07:55
    14:17
    Tickets coming soon
    6h 22m,
    2 changes
  • 08:55
    15:39
    Tickets coming soon
    6h 44m,
    3 changes
  • 09:55
    16:17
    Tickets coming soon
    6h 22m,
    2 changes
  • 10:55
    17:37
    Tickets coming soon
    6h 42m,
    3 changes
Later
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Old Sep 4th, 2022, 03:16 PM
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would you be able to send me link to the tickets on sale now please?
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Old Sep 4th, 2022, 05:38 PM
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Silly site isn't letting me post - it may be the links -- will try again (5th time)

Sorry but never EVER use Rail Europe. They are a travel agent that just wants to sell over priced rail passes.

Use either National Rail or the Train Line
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That was it -- the links were gumming up things. just google National Rail . . .
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Thank you, that is good to know. i checked both National Rail and the train line and neither have tickets for october from oxford to edinburgh. do you have available train tickets come up when you search?
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Thank you, that is good to know. i checked both National Rail and the train line and neither have tickets for october from oxford to edinburgh. do you have available train tickets come up when you search?
Oh - I see now -- there are no trains at all on that Saturday 1 OCT (from London or Oxford or Birmingham or anywhere). Does it have to be that day?? If it does, you'll have to take a bus. Your only other real option would be to fly from LHR to EDI. Train tickets are being sold for Fri Sept 30 and Monday Oct 3.
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Engineering works between Newcastle and Edinburgh so no trains that weekend.

https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/servi...10%2F2022&TOC=

https://www.lner.co.uk/travel-inform...track-upgrade/

Travel on the Friday or Monday
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This is the latest on the actual UK train strikes. here are more days than given in my post above.
https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/servi...ialaction.aspx
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Thank you so much for the above information. i thought it was just user error
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