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Conforms to SLC2. But ... - 379/1143
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 7th August 2006
There's been some talk here as to whether or not the new services as published on 28th July conform to the "SLC2" specification for the franchise.
Re: Conforms to SLC2. But ... - 379/1623
Written by Lee on Saturday, 14th October 2006
[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=379.msg1143#msg1143 date=1154959346]There's been some talk here as to whether or not the new services as published on 28th July conform to the "SLC2" specification for the franchise.
Re: Conforms to SLC2. But ... - 379/1625
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 15th October 2006
Well - I was given a copy of the SLC2 dates 31st August 2006 which stated 08:00 to 08:30. But I understand that the SLC2 can be changed by mutual agreement between the DfT and the operator, so it may have been changed in the past and may again be changed in the future.
Re: Conforms to SLC2. But ... - 379/1626
Written by Lee on Sunday, 15th October 2006
I must say that this leaves me rather confused , Graham ???
August 7 2006 :
"The requirement is for an arrival in Swindon between 07.30 and 08.30 and a departure between 17.30 and 19.00."
This was after the "final" December 2006 Timetable was announced by First (but since taken off their website.) This means that the pre - 0800 Swindon arrival time did indeed comply with SLC2 at that date.
"I was given a copy of the SLC2 dates 31st August 2006 which stated 08:00 to 08:30."
The pre - 0800 Swindon arrival time has not been changed , yet SLC2 must have been changed between August 7 2006 & August 31 2006. Why make a change to SLC2 that makes a previously valid timetable INVALID?
It just doesnt make any sense ??? ???
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Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 16th October 2006
I suspect that it never was 07:30 to 08:30 and that I was told that information either in error or as a delibrate lie. But I have no proof that either of those is the case, and an outside option remains that for some bizarre reason it was changed. That [i]is[/s] an outside option, but then SLC2 has some bizarre things in it / leads to some bizarre results such as the one-way service on Sundays!
Re: Conforms to SLC2. But ... - 379/1639
Written by Lee on Monday, 16th October 2006
I may be able to shed some light on this , Graham.
I obtained my copy of SLC2 (which was confirmed valid and up to date by the DfT Public Registry) on the 15th August 2006. It is identical to the one that you received , which was dated 31st August 2006.
If your source is correct then SLC2 must have been changed between August 7 2006 & August 15 2006.
At least that narrows it down a bit :)
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