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"Our challenge is to be punctual more often and consistently" - FGW

Mark Hopwood, First Great Western's new Performance Director, posted the following to our Cotswold Line blog on Friday.

"Good to meet some of you at the station last night and this morning at our FGW Meet the Manager. All trains so far at 22:40 on the Cotswold Line today have arrived at their destination within 5 minutes of scheduled time except for the 11:51 from Paddington which ran 16 mins late from Charlbury and reached Hereford 5 minutes late. Indeed 17 out of 31 are early at destination. So our challenge is to do it more often and consistently.

"From Monday I have made arrangements to run the empty coaches for the first Charlbury train to London (06:10) earlier from Oxford (Network Rail are opening the signal boxes 10 mins earlier at FGW request). This should allow us to operate the train more reliably now that it is a longer HST and needs to shunt at Moreton-in-Marsh in a more time consuming way.

"I have joined FGW last month after a career in other rail businesses. I won't contribute to this log daily but will keep an eye on it. The Cotswold Line is our worst performing route and one we shall focus on and I am keen to see what you all have to say.

"Mark Hopwood, Performance Director - FGW"

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 10 Mar 2008, 11:32 · Link

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