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Mrs C, you would only have been affected by signalling problems at Frome if you had been on the off-shoot line which goes through Frome. Some FGW services do go by that route but most don't. I know, because I have travelled both routes.

15 Nov 2014

Ahhhh! This is painful!

15 Nov 2014

Mrs C, go look at the FGW rail map, PLEASE! And then you might get some idea of what I am talking about.

15 Nov 2014

Mrs C, if you travelled through Frome, which is an off-shoot from the main line, then you would have been on a slightly slower train than those that go directly to London Paddington. This could account for the signalling problems on the local line as opposed to the main line. I'm not sure why I should have mentioned I was a frequent traveller to London earlier, although this is common ...

15 Nov 2014

I agree. It really is only those of us who commute daily to Exeter, London or the North that can speak with real knowledge on this issue.

15 Nov 2014

Exceptional! We are at the start of the winter and look at what we have endured this week! Get real! Michael, I am happy for the sea defences to be strengthened, as I said in an earlier post, but there should always be an alternative so when our line is closed, for whatever reason, passengers can still continue with their journeys. I will fight to keep our line as the main route as, let's face ...

15 Nov 2014

Mrs C, if you were travelling through Frome then you were on the slow train to London, which goes via Bristol and one which I cannot comment on with authority. The times I used the slow train, 08.20 from Dawlish, until about February this this year, there were never any problems with signalling. Like I said earlier, the Plymouth mob, as you like to call them, are happier getting on a coach at ...

15 Nov 2014

Actually Clive, that waiting period at DW pays off sometimes. I frequently travel to London leaving Dawlish on the 07.30 CrossCountry Paignton to Manchester service. However, that particular service is often cancelled. As soon as I get up I check to see if it is running, when I find it has been cancelled I contact the taxi service and have them pick me up 10 minutes earlier so I can get the ...

15 Nov 2014

Let's face it folks, none of us are experts and that includes you Michael. You say the line would be used for a few days a year, it would have been used for two months this year! But actually I am being a bit more imaginative than that. The Exeter to NA avoiding line would, in my mind, be the equivalent of a branch line so not needing the expense of building a high speed line. Sorry Clive! With ...

15 Nov 2014

What I think would be a good solution Michael is to keep our line as the main route into Cornwall but to have an avoiding line between Exeter and Newton Abbot for the occasions the main route is inaccessible.

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