As if by magic, my question from the last post has been answered. This comment from Tony at More Train Less Strain was received:
"If anyone from Reading or Maidenhead would like to help to co-ordiante a fare strike on the 28th January we want to hear from you.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and join the 6 fare strikes curently planned."
So, what are you waiting for? Join the strike and make your feelings known.
Even if the drivers and guards don't go ahead with their strike action, we can, and we have lots to complain about.
Also, an interesting discussion on overcrowding is taking place on the Insider's blog In Defence of First Great Western. Go and have a look. He explains it all in a clear and understandable way, but my question is: why is the system in such a mess that First Great Western hasn't got enough carriages (ie: why is no-one making any new ones?), and why does it have to run and ask the government every time it wants more? Why isn't it in control of its own trains? It's a rum old world I tells thee.