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1  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Major disruption Bristol Newport 22/9/2018 on: Yesterday at 05:30:07 pm
It would appear that the 'wet beds' need the help of PIDD Passenger Information During Disruption. I am not making this up, honestly. I cannot help thinking a little bit of information might be called a PIDDLE Passenger Information During Disruption Laughing Evilly Roll Eyes
2  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: September 19, 2018, 06:47:14 pm
Finest Universal Cleanser Known was the response I believe. Could almost say the same about Metrobust !
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Brizzle Arenal....where to mi babber ? on: September 18, 2018, 10:55:50 am
This is very much primarily a sporting venue for the Bristol Flyers, a basketball team.
Concerts and other non-sporting events seem to be an afterthought.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: September 18, 2018, 07:43:15 am
Oh Come on ! Perhaps it's time we cut them a bit of nutty slack ..... Huh
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: When and where, and John's, mine or print? on: September 14, 2018, 05:13:09 pm
Was the original bridge the first to be made of concrete, or is it the present one ?
6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: When and where, and John's, mine or print? on: September 13, 2018, 09:15:52 pm
9. Worcester Shrub Hill cast iron waiting room?
7  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Assassination attempt foiled by lack of rail service on: September 11, 2018, 08:54:19 am
Not just the article but the whole newspaper ! It is going to be my first read of the morning in future !! Grin Grin Grin
8  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: September 03, 2018, 06:34:37 pm
Well now...I caught the m2 just after 11am from the euphemistically named Ashton Gate stop heading into Bristol. I had my concessionary card ready, but couldn't see any times on the ticket machine and when I scrolled the map with my finger it took me to East London!.

As the bus pulled in, I noticed the flywheel that keeps it within the guided kerbs, immediately noticed how fast it was turning, and thought that will probably need replacing at frequent intervals.Got on board,about 15 passengers and sat upstairs front right hand side where the air con was delivering a cool hurricane.

As we went over Ashton Avenue swing bridge, (which hasn't swung since 1951), I was struck by the interplay of light and shadow between the girders. Once we pulled up at the traffic lights to join Cumberland Road, the guided bus became justabus. The road was virtually empty, we picked up no-one and it stayed like that until the euphemistically named Temple Meads stop. The stop names all sound very attractive until you realise that all these attractions are some walk away, but in the same breath, I would add that the walking times given, are a bit unrealistic. A young art student bowed down with folders of coursework might find Bower Ashton does take 20 minutes to walk from Ashton Gate, but this reasonably fit pensioner was able to do it in 7 minutes. Perhaps there is a bit of reverse psychology going on here ? .The rest of the journey around Bond Street, Broadmead, the Centre, and Queen square was quiet both traffic and passenger wise.

I was somewhat surprised that the driver continued straight on through Prince Street and back around the Redcliffe roundabout, all the way back to the Long Ashton P&R as the diagrams on the buses seem to indicate that Queen Square is the final stop. Overall, it was a calm, unhurried journey,with no fuss, but by contrast, hardly worth all the time effort and money that has gone into getting it up and running.

 I think that there will be a stop outside St Mary Redcliffe inbound eventually, for all those wanting the Harbourside offices.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: 68 mins at Bath Spa station yesterday......... on: August 30, 2018, 09:48:15 am
I wonder if GWR are working on a hologram of Mark Hopwood to be rolled out at all stations...or do you think they, like the rest of us, can't find the real thing ? Huh
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: 68 mins at Bath Spa station yesterday......... on: August 30, 2018, 08:24:09 am
Well, it could be worse. We don't seem to have the hologram lady who tells us to take care on the escalator and to use the lift for luggage.
11  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: August 29, 2018, 10:47:44 am
I was not referring to Ashton Gate supporters on Saturdays, but the employees of Hargreaves Lansdown who are by far the majority employer on Harbourside during the week !. Furthermore the section of route most likely to be used by employees of HL is the Long Ashton P&R to Bristol City centre. At the moment the 903 drops right outside HL HQ. With Metrobus the service will go on the opposite bank and loop around the city centre adding another 20-30 minutes travelling time at both ends of the day. This has been a known known for a long time, and has no connection (literally!) with the apparently vanished stretch from Long Aston P&R to Hengrove.
I am not directly affected by it, so have no axe to grind, but feel that Mr Lansdown should show some understanding and sympathy for his employees who are most affected by this.
12  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: August 29, 2018, 08:51:08 am
The onus is definitely on SL  to come up with a solution,not the employees. It is not as if, they have not been able to see it coming. So to quote your own words in your earlier post, why don't they FWGOWI ?
13  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: August 29, 2018, 08:31:52 am
I suggest Mr Moneybags Lansdown provides a morning and evening boat shuttle across the Floating harbour, at no cost to his employees, instructing his staff to get off Metrobus m2 at the Gas ferry stop. It could operate for an hour before and after office hours.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: The most incompetent Customer Service response ever? on: August 28, 2018, 03:31:51 pm
Not just escalated. Vertical take off to the man at the top....if he can be found. Then, hopefully cascaded back down the line to everyone who needs to know. Not holding my breath, tho.
15  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Station stops cancelled 1/8/18 on: August 24, 2018, 02:29:58 pm
Now then, what was the 1448 from Temple Meads ? 3 car turbo or 2 car 150. I was at the other end waiting for the 1730 from Weymouth which we had been warned was running 20 minutes late due to a train fault. Journey check earlier that day, had forewarned to expect a 3 car reduced from 5 cars. What turned up was a 2 car 150. I suspect this was the missing 2 carriages sent down from Westbury to replace the 3 car turbo that had been curtailed at Westbury. Matters were further complicated by a frustrated A4 Union of South Africa outside Weymouth station, with a rake of carriages and  failed diesel loco on her back.   She couldn't run into Weymouth station and then run tender first  out of Weymouth in case she failed too, and blocked the line ! Arrangements were in hand for a diesel loco to be borrowed from Swanage, but all that would take time. The 1730 left at 1750 with the passengers on the U of SA having been advised to take the rather less glamorous 1803 SWR back to London ! The 150 made good headway back to Bristol missing out the 20 minute lay over at Westbury. It meant I had a 30 minute wait for a connection to Yatton, but that was only very minor compared with a major inconvenience or the London bound passengers on what was undoubtedly a very expensive day out from London.
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