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4 minutes ago, kalifire said:

So if I’m reading that correctly, trains to Castle Cary from London might be OK if they go via Didcot Parkway, but fucked if they go through Reading. Is that right? 

Hope not

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1 minute ago, kugglaw said:

Anyone else get a message from Trainline saying their train from Paddington to Castle whatever is no longer running?

yeah was meant to be going at 10.18am on wednesday but there seems to be one running at 10.35 so fingers crossed it's not awful, but it deffo seems like a reduced service

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23 minutes ago, kalifire said:

So if I’m reading that correctly, trains to Castle Cary from London might be OK if they go via Didcot Parkway, but fucked if they go through Reading. Is that right? 

dont know if this helps

I think youll know for sure on friday when they publish the full train running plan

https://www.gwr.com/strike

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10 minutes ago, Obiginnaw said:

yeah was meant to be going at 10.18am on wednesday but there seems to be one running at 10.35 so fingers crossed it's not awful, but it deffo seems like a reduced service

Mine was meant to be at 12, but Reckon I might risk it and try getting the 10.35

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3 minutes ago, kugglaw said:

Mine was meant to be at 12, but Reckon I might risk it and try getting the 10.35

yeah there's been nothing saying you cant' get an earlier train, 10.35 i fell could be a free-for-all but like you i'd much rather struggle to get there but get there early

 

(just not in my seat pls 😂)

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4 minutes ago, Obiginnaw said:

yeah there's been nothing saying you cant' get an earlier train, 10.35 i fell could be a free-for-all but like you i'd much rather struggle to get there but get there early

 

(just not in my seat pls 😂)

sorry, have bagsied your seat already!

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Knowing how busy the trains are normally, i just wanna wish you all the best of luck - its gonna be a shit show, so just try and remember you are all on route to your happy place. Be kind to each other and good luck. 

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3 minutes ago, Cleverleyson said:

I've a ticket from Chippenham to Castle Cary, But I might just use buses instead as i'm so close.

Definately do that … it frees space for others at the same time as making your life one hell of a lot more easy 

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52 minutes ago, a6l6e6x said:

I've got 2 people on the 1035 from paddington which includes a change at Westbury. Seats reserved from paddington to westbury, free for all westbury to castle cary. Going to be horrific

think i'd get an uber from westbury, do you need to go castle cary for a coach ticket ?

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4 minutes ago, gazzared said:

think i'd get an uber from westbury, do you need to go castle cary for a coach ticket ?

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No ticket collection but with surge charges when everyone has the same idea, this will be more

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I'm trying to get on site for Wednesday morning, but I'm less confident than ever that I'll manage it. At this point, I suspect only getting a taxi from Bristol would do it. I had hoped (and expected, in all honesty) the festival to lay on more coaches and buses to other locations since it looks like fewer people will be able to reach Castle Cary now, but that appears not to be the case.

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Just now, FrankieX said:

I'm trying to get on site for Wednesday morning, but I'm less confident than ever that I'll manage it. At this point, I suspect only getting a taxi from Bristol would do it. I had hoped (and expected, in all honesty) the festival to lay on more coaches and buses to other locations since it looks like fewer people will be able to reach Castle Cary now, but that appears not to be the case.

They can only lay on coaches where coaches and drivers are available … unfortunately it’s an issue for some reason ?!!!! 

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1 minute ago, crazyfool1 said:

They can only lay on coaches where coaches and drivers are available … unfortunately it’s an issue for some reason ?!!!! 

Yes, even my local bus service is apparently short of qualified drivers. I meant in the sense that coaches and drivers already arranged for Castle Cary might well be idle or underused if people can't actually get there.

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Just now, FrankieX said:

Yes, even my local bus service is apparently short of qualified drivers. I meant in the sense that coaches and drivers already arranged for Castle Cary might well be idle or underused if people can't actually get there.

Ah yeah fair … I guess those drivers can’t be allocated elsewhere because the strikes have the potential for being cancelled … 

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13 minutes ago, a6l6e6x said:

No ticket collection but with surge charges when everyone has the same idea, this will be more

ah right, its the same price from westbury direct to glastonbury and you can pre book , maybe an idea anyway

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Been a few years since I last got the train to the festival and I'm getting a bit nervous about the strike chaos. If we've got seats booked (and it doesn't get cancelled...) will we definitely get onto that train, or do we still have to join the big queue at Paddington and take whatever departure we get? 

Not fussed about space or sitting down, obvs, just want to be on site setting up rather than spending three hours at the station! 

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26 minutes ago, MoonBuggy said:

Been a few years since I last got the train to the festival and I'm getting a bit nervous about the strike chaos. If we've got seats booked (and it doesn't get cancelled...) will we definitely get onto that train, or do we still have to join the big queue at Paddington and take whatever departure we get? 

Not fussed about space or sitting down, obvs, just want to be on site setting up rather than spending three hours at the station! 

Even if there wasn't a strike, seat reservations don't guarantee that you'll be able to get on the train. It'll just be 1st come, 1st served. If the train fills up before you get on, they're not going to turf people off.

I haven't tried to get to glasto from Paddington, so I don't know what the queues are like.

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Just now, Simsy said:

Even if there wasn't a strike, seat reservations don't guarantee that you'll be able to get on the train. It'll just be 1st come, 1st served. If the train fills up before you get on, they're not going to turf people off.

I haven't tried to get to glasto from Paddington, so I don't know what the queues are like.

Only done it once before but there’s basically a queue made out of metal barriers they put you in, they don't put trains to CLC on the boards, staff just tell you when ones ready. Would assume it would be similar this year (except potentially much much longer)

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Yeah, they corral you in and count people on - I wasn't sure if there was priority for people booked on that train or one queue to rule them all!

Pretty sure we walked straight onto our booked train at least once, but that was a while back and it's possible I'm imaging shit. Or that it was blind luck TBH... 

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6 minutes ago, steviewevie said:

at this stage I really would be looking at alternative forms of transport for anyone planning on getting a train anywhere next week.

thing is not everyone (including myself) can afford that. Even with a railcard I forked out £70 for my ticket to castle cary. Just checking the national express and they are charging £70 one way from where I live to the festival. For me it's either the train or nothing at this stage (hitch-hiking the absolute last ditch attempt).

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