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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2019, 12:49:29 pm »
Of possible interest to Mildenhall-bound persons from eg Mordor and WoE, starting in May there will be a direct train from Bristol via Birmingham and Leicester to Cambridge (and on to Stansted Airport). The amount of interest is likely to be limited as it's slow (5 hours from Bristol compared to 3 via London) and run by Cross Country, therefore stupidly expensive (anytime return £257 v £98.50 via London) but maybe it will make a bit of sense from the Wet or Eat Midlands.
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Kim

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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #26 on: April 06, 2019, 01:36:07 pm »
Of possible interest to Mildenhall-bound persons from eg Mordor and WoE, starting in May there will be a direct train from Bristol via Birmingham and Leicester to Cambridge (and on to Stansted Airport). The amount of interest is likely to be limited as it's slow (5 hours from Bristol compared to 3 via London) and run by Cross Country, therefore stupidly expensive (anytime return £257 v £98.50 via London) but maybe it will make a bit of sense from the Wet or Eat Midlands.

That sounds suspiciously like they've discovered a way to make the infamous Mordor-Stansted train even more crowded...
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2019, 01:58:18 pm »
It's an additional train, which, judging by every train I've ever taken between Mordor and BTM, will be crowded on arrival at Mordor. I can't see anyone from this end staying on it beyond Leicester cos, as mentioned, other ways are both cheaper and quicker.
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Kim

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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #28 on: April 06, 2019, 02:07:08 pm »
Is it additional on the SSD-BHM leg (which I thought was at capacity), or have they just extended it down to BTM to provide more trains between BTM and BHM (which is no bad thing, but doesn't do much for the Eat Midlands)?
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #29 on: April 06, 2019, 02:13:55 pm »
AIUI it's a whole new service. It's early in the morning though – leaves BRI 0630 or thereabouts. Just one more reason I'm unlikely to be on it (unless I get back into audaxing and ride the Cheltenham Flyer again)!
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #30 on: April 06, 2019, 02:23:04 pm »
Actually I've just looked at my source again and I think I've misinterpreted: I reckon it's currently a service from Gloucester-BHM-LEI-SSD and it's going to be started back from BRI cos they'll be stabling (quaint term!) the train there overnight. So yeah, just even more crowding for Midlanders. But on the good side it's a DMU (a "Turbostar", which is probably nowhere near as space age as it sounds), so bike space should be corridor or flippy seats rather than danglies.

Edit: Confirmed this is the case. It's only new south of Gloucester. So not really of any interest to anyone north of there.
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