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1  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Scottish Borders Railway - rebuilt Waverley Route link to Edinburgh on: June 22, 2014, 08:21:58 pm
To assist the public Timetables are printed.
Turn up at station 5 mins before train. In town within 10mins, if on bus still 20 mins from town on the bus!
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: The Longest Day on: June 22, 2014, 08:04:22 pm
What?

The Longest day isn't till October!

Wednesday September 29th, Surely?   And Friday May 1st is the shortest.

Oh very good, in letters yes, but the Longest day isn't till October
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: The Longest Day on: June 22, 2014, 07:08:34 pm
What?

The Longest day isn't till October!
4  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Saturday HST to Weymouth on: June 22, 2014, 06:49:45 pm
I was forgetting the Bristol-Westbury line went through Bath.
Still think the Weymouth HST (High Speed Train) should start at Pad then Reading Swindon Bristol Temple Meads and then on to Weymouth as booked.
I know SWT (South West Trains) run Waterloo to Weymouth but then Both Virgin and Chiltern  serve London Birmingham markets.
It could be Extra Pounds for FGW (First Great Western) that's all without much extra layout.
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Dawlish Avoiding Line - ongoing discussion, merged topic on: June 22, 2014, 05:52:38 pm
Sorry I've been on a jolly around Europe, so delay in reply to Eighf 48544, I quite agree with his post, indeed there should be much more freight into Plymouth and Cornwall but modern "just in time" delivery doesn't sit happily with One Route to Plymouth.
So reopen the LSW route to Plymouth is sound idea.

How about a second route to bypass RAB at Saltash, rebuild the North Cornwall line??

Passport in hand, hard hat on head,hold that EUROSTAR, I'll be back.
6  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Saturday HST to Weymouth on: June 22, 2014, 05:31:53 pm
Personally I think it's a good idea from FGW (First Great Western), however I feel it would have been better to Start this train and finish the return at Pad
Reckon there are plenty of folks travel to Weymouth for Holiday from London, (Reading, Swindon and Bath).
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Wasting a ^Milllion or Two. on: March 25, 2014, 09:17:57 am
Just been speaking to the APCOA (Car parking company used at GWR (Great Western Railway) - controlled stations in the area) cap park man at my local Station.
This time Next week (s)he will be working for a New Unknown company.
Now what's that about Minimum notice of TUPE (The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006.).

M & E contract has gone to Integral.
3 years contract so how long has First got Great Western for?
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Picture Quiz - March 2014 on: March 24, 2014, 08:12:14 pm
24. Newton Abbot (bit of a shot in the dark)
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Picture Quiz - March 2014 on: March 24, 2014, 05:35:06 pm
4 Church Stretton?
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Picture Quiz - March 2014 on: March 24, 2014, 05:14:37 pm
18.  Battle?
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Dawlish Avoiding Line - ongoing discussion, merged topic on: March 21, 2014, 06:19:47 am
As I said in my last post.
When Dawlish reopens it will have been shut for over 2 months.

Any decent business would sign loudly  and have some news worthy special events.
to spread the word.
What have FGW (First Great Western) got planned?
Anything or Nothing!

I have little faith in the TOC (Train Operating Company)'s as they allowed the "Inter-City" name to fade away.

Inter-City was in the top 10 most commonly remembered brand names, alongside Coke-Cola, and a name so well known is worth 100s of ^millions.
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Dawlish Avoiding Line - ongoing discussion, merged topic on: March 16, 2014, 11:26:26 am
Hopefully The Dawlish line will reopen in about two weeks, that's 2 months it's been closed, ^20million a day lost in the West Devon and Cornwall.

And the Weakest Part of the Modern railway is that it JUST CAN'T work together to make a big publicity issue out of the line reopening.

How about a Steam Train making several Exeter to Newton Abbot journeys the Weekend the line opens?Huh? Cool

Never Happen FGW (First Great Western) couldn't arrange anything!!!!   Angry

Of course it's very very generous of FGW that FGW engineers are working 24/7 rebuilding the storm damaged railway, (as per their radio ad's),
Hope Network Rail send FGW the repair bill.  Grin
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Wasting a ^Milllion or Two. on: March 05, 2014, 05:28:52 pm
For 18 months, why not just keep the Status Quo.
When the New Franchise is awarded that's the time to change Contracts.
Even if FGW (First Great Western) saved 10% on the Charges made by the New Contracter it would need to be a
^million a month contract to recover the set up costs.
And if a New Company wins the Great Western franchise let them change Contracts in their own time.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Wasting a ^Milllion or Two. on: March 05, 2014, 03:28:14 pm
In reply to Broadgage, to Transfer Staff under TUPE (The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006.), costs a lot. New Uniform, Vans and Equipment.
New Maintenance (PPMs(resolve)) have to be set up, that costs big bucks.

As I said Wessex Trains wanted to change Maintenance provider for it's last 20 months but DfT» (Department for Transport - about) stopped it because off the change over costs.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Wasting a ^Milllion or Two. on: March 04, 2014, 06:40:32 pm
To change Car Park contract will cost ^100000 plus just on new signage and it's install costs.

To set up new maintenance contract will cost ^millions because of all the computer time in setting up a maintenance program.

Wessex Trains wanted to change Maintenance Contract in 2004 but DfT» (Department for Transport - about) stopped it on set up cost.

Anyway remember the Contractors Golden Rule on reactive works,
Why do it in an hour when the client will pay for Four hours.
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