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1036 of 1045  Sun 3rd Mar 2019 10:20pm  
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Nostalgia - "when trains used to stop at Foleshill"
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PeterB
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1037 of 1045  Thu 14th Mar 2019 1:01am  
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Rail passengers across Coventry and Warwickshire to benefit from new services and faster journey times this May (West Midlands Trains). New timetable starts Sunday 19th May. Highlights - Hourly two-carriage Nuneaton-Coventry-Leamington service (Monday-Saturday) - Coventry-Leamington Sunday service - Three local trains/hour Birmingham-Coventry-London Euston on Sundays - Coventry-Birmingham local trains extended to Liverpool/Stoke-on-Trent/Rugeley (via Walsall) - More eight car trains. - Later last trains. - Coventry-London Euston trains accelerated up by reducing stop at Northampton. Peter.
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argon
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1038 of 1045  Thu 4th Apr 2019 1:27pm  
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I would be interested to know how much use is being made of the service to Kenilworth now that is open. When we lived in Leamington Road, overlooking the railway line in the 1950's, we regularly commented that the trains to Kenilworth, Leamington were often empty or had one or two passengers, wondering how long the service could continue.

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PeterB
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1039 of 1045  Thu 4th Apr 2019 3:53pm  
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Argon, Kenilworth station re-opened on 30th April 2018. Official estimates for station usage are for the 12 months ending 31st March and published in December, so we should have the first set of official figures just before Christmas. The only published figure is 'around 1000' on the first day. I presume this was in the 900's, otherwise the press release would have said 'over 1000'. This will be much higher than a normal day (I travelled that day and haven't travelled again since). From infrequent observations I think about 4-5 people get on/off in the middle of the day, and presumably more in the peaks. The trains seem to be quite well loaded so the new service may have boosted Coventry-Leamington passengers numbers as well. Traffic at a new station normally builds up over 2-3 years. Peter.
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argon
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1040 of 1045  Thu 4th Apr 2019 5:30pm  
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Thanks, Peter, good to know that the service will probably be better used than it was in the 1950's. Possibly modern road traffic congestion is a reason for this. I recently had occasion to use the train from New Milton to Poole to visit my wife in hospital and it was the first time in about 50 years that I have used the train (quite surprised that I did not suffer from smoke blown from the engine!) A good service at £8.10 return. Only once did anyone examine tickets in 12 trips. How can that pay? Problem was taxi from station to hospital was £5 each way for about a half mile, The roads were too busy and it was uphill so I preferred not to walk at my advanced age. The hazardous drive for someone of my age was the cause of my using the train.
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PeterB
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1041 of 1045  Thu 4th Apr 2019 11:36pm  
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Argon, The Poole RouteONE bus runs between the railway station and hospital. It's a circular service so 30 minutes out, 5 minutes back. It may be quicker to walk to the bus station (500 yards traffic free through Dolphin shopping centre) and get the bus there. Regards, Peter.
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argon
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1042 of 1045  Fri 5th Apr 2019 10:43am  
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Thanks Peter, I should have researched that a month ago but things were slightly chaotic and I used the usual knee jerk plan.
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PeterB
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1043 of 1045  Thu 2nd May 2019 1:44pm  
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The new timetable starts on Sunday 19th May. There are a number of changes to local services. Timetables are now on-line. Virgin Trains London-West Midlands West Midlands-Scotland West Midland Trains/London North Western Birmingham-Northampton (Local Stations) Birmingham-London Euston (Major stations only) Coventry-Birmingham-Liverpool Nuneaton-Coventry-Leamington Regards, Peter.
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PhilipInCoventry
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1044 of 1045  Sat 18th May 2019 9:29am  
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Hi all & thank you, Peter. Cheers Telegraph News Item For folks living in the Holbrooks & northern areas of Coventry, please remember that the journey time from the Ricoh to Coventry station is just eight minutes. A lot faster than a taxi or bus & most rail fares are the same as travelling from Coventry station. The Ricoh is a much easier drop off point than Coventry station. Wave
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PhilipInCoventry
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1045 of 1045  Sat 25th May 2019 7:43pm  
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Hi all Wave Pam is coping so well, that I am able to see just a bit of the world that has eluded me for over eight months. On Friday, I enjoyed a trip from the Ricoh to Coventry, on a very comfortable two coach 172 unit, then today, a return trip to Nuneaton.
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