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GO-OP announces new route proposal

Written on 7thMarch 2019 by Staff Writer

GO-OP has been working on its plans for several years, with a group of frustrated rail travellers from the south west first meeting as a co-operative in 2009, ten years ago. Alex Lawrie, the Operations Director and a founder member, said, “The technical difficulties are hard to overstate. The UK railways are – for good reason – carefully regulated and we must prove in great detail that our ideas stack up.”

The proposal is for two trains made up of newly refurbished class 769 units to work a complex series of trips between Oxfordshire and Somerset. Even though there are only two, a carefully designed timetable will complement the existing services (many provided by GWR) and provide useful connections so as to introduce a large number of useful journeys than you might imagine.

“A particular goal was to give some of the market towns of Somerset and Wiltshire a regular, functional service where at present the low frequency makes it hard to give up the car”, said Alex Lawrie. “In addition there are two long distance services a day that go all the way to Nuneaton, where connections to the north of England are available.”

The timetable (which will be put forward in terms of the overall numbe…read in full