Train business have actually been hit with various grievances on social media today as travel plans are interrupted across the West. Travelers have experienced trains being cancelled, postponed and having lowered capacity meaning a lack of social distancing and guests rammed inside like livestock. An occurrence on Great Western Railway (GWR) due to a signalling problem caused hours of delays throughout South West trains. Read more: Met Office warns of thunderstorms and torrential rains The 10:02 train from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads was explained by website Trainline as hectic with guests dealing with a 20-minute delay. Travelers on the train were horrified at the absence of social distancing. One Twitter user said: “Shocking service from London Paddington to Bristol today. “Loads of cancellations, and the couple of trains running have simply a couple of carriages and individuals rammed inside like cattle. “Covid doesnt need your assistance to spread out!” Another Twitter user, going in the opposite direction, stated: “Trains cancelled so you have merged trains together, going from Bristol to Paddington on an exceptionally jam-packed train. “We are in the middle of a pandemic you understand! “People stood up around and sitting beside complete strangers. Poor service.” The main paths impacted are Exeter St Davids/ Taunton/ Weston-super-Mare and Bristol Temple Meads/ London Paddington. Providers through Gloucestershire and Swindon have likewise been affected. A mum who is attempting to go back to Cheltenham from Stroud with her young son stated: “The tannoy at Stroud said the 3.58 pm to Gloucester is delayed by roughly 15 minutes. This is due to a lack in train team. “The Cheltenham direct is cancelled so need to faff about with connection. Gloucester Coaches have just come to Stroud to take visitors to Reading and Swindon.” In a declaration on its site, Great Western Railway has stated that the fault is now fixed but disturbances are expected into the afternoon. It said: “Following a fault with the signalling system between Bristol Temple Meads and Weston-Super-Mare all lines have actually now reopened. “Train services going through these stations are returning to regular however some services may still be cancelled. “Disruption is anticipated up until 13:00 24/07.” According to the Trainline app, seven trains in between Bristol Temple Meads and Weston-super-mare are reported to be cancelled this night. GWR released a declaration explaining how services might be impacted in the next couple of weeks due to personnel testing positive for coronavirus and others having to self-isolate in the so-called pingdemic. In the declaration, GWR said: “With rising numbers of personnel not available to work because of screening positive for Covid or being contacted through track and trace, we have actually taken steps to promote the service level we have the ability to use. “This consists of a limited number of planned cancellations, predominantly on some of our branch line services, in addition to other lower demand services for example at the very starting or end of the day. “We are composing to customers who have pre-booked tickets. “Customers ought to continue to examine their journey prior to leaving house for the very most current information.” Engineering works are also triggering heavy disruption. Inrix said: “Reduced service on Great Western Railway in between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway and extra replacement buses running due to engineering works. “Buses remain in location to assist supplement train services. From 10th July to 6th August.” South Western Railway are reporting personnel lacks that are affecting train services between Basingstoke and Hampshire. Inrix stated: “Special schedule operating on South Western Railway due to staff shortage. “Check with train company prior to taking a trip. “Cancellations and minimized frequency of trains on numerous parts of the network throughout the weekend.” Are you affected? Tell us about your concerns in the remarks thread for this story.
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Another Twitter user, going in the opposite direction, said: “Trains cancelled so you have actually merged trains together, going from Bristol to Paddington on an incredibly jam-packed train. “Train services running through these stations are returning to typical but some services might still be cancelled. According to the Trainline app, 7 trains in between Bristol Temple Meads and Weston-super-mare are reported to be cancelled this night. “Buses are in location to help supplement train services. South Western Railway are reporting staff shortages that are impacting train services in between Basingstoke and Hampshire.