THE TIMES – 12 NOVEMBER 2015
A Notice appeared in The Times under the heading Railways Act 2005 – Designation of Experimental Services:- that the Secretary of State was proposing to designate the passenger rail service proposed to be provided between Yeovil Junction and Yeovil Pen Mill stations that use the Pen Mill single line from Yeovil Junction station to Pen Mill Junction as experimental. This is to allow the service's long-term viability to be demonstrated before it becomes permanent. The designation is for a period of 5 years beginning on 13 December 2015.
Yes there will be additional services details of which we are indebted to Martin Duff - many thanks
The December 2015 timetable indeed provides an improved service for passengers at Yeovil Pen Mill. Here’s a quick summary of the Monday/Friday service:
The 13.50 Waterloo/Gillingham is extended to Pen Mill, arriving 16.23, returning to Yeovil Junction at 16.30 which then forms a 16.48 service to Salisbury, which runs via Pen Mill (16.53/16.55) Castle Cary and Frome, reaching destination 18.17.
Similarly, the 15.50 Waterloo/Gillingham is extended to Pen Mill, arriving 18.27, returning to Yeovil Junction at 18.33.
The next two departures from Waterloo which currently terminate at Yeovil Junction are extended to Westbury and serve Frome in the process. Both presently run to Westbury empty via Pen Mill anyway, so this converting to passenger class is welcome.
The 16.18 Gillingham/Waterloo is amended to start from Pen Mill at 15.42 using the inward unit off the 12.50 Waterloo (a Gillingham terminator presently). The 12.50 also serves Frome.
The 18.50 Waterloo/Salisbury is extended to Pen Mill arrive 21.23, which then forms a 21.30 service round to Yeovil Junction, when runs empty to Salisbury.