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FGW Train Updates - 1419/3923
Written by Steve Bray on Wednesday, 14th February 2007
I am slightly confused by the accuracy of FGW's service updates.
Yesterday, a colleague from work went to catch the 1757 from Dorking West to Guildford; shortly afterwards, she phoned to say that the train had been cancelled. According to FGW, this train had "no report" next to it and no mention of a cancellation.
This morning, whilst looking at the Paddington arrivals, the 0856 arrival there from Bristol (the 0710?) was showing as "cancelled"; yet there was no mention of this according to the Service Update.
So as usual, maybe all this information should not be relied upon!
Re: FGW Train Updates - 1419/3930
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 15th February 2007
Steve, comparing the situation 'on the ground' with the various information feeds, I too have observed errors bothe ways - trains described as being cancelled that have, never the less, turned up ... and trains showing "no report" that simply fall off the radar and never show.
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