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1  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Chatting with strangers on your journey to work on: June 22, 2019, 10:46:33 pm
I've got to know a few people on my commute although it was several years before we progressed to nodding and a bit more before we actually spoke despite standing in the same spot all this time. The ice was broken by a spate of bad service from GWR and my fellows travellers amusement of how quickly I gave up, left the platform and worked from home.
2  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Great Britain Timetable and Working Timetable on: June 22, 2019, 10:42:16 pm
It's also very hard to hit hard deadlines on a live programme. You may have allowed for 2'30" for that interview but if they talk for more (or even less) then it can be quite hard to make the time up if the rest of the programme is made up of pre-recorded elements.

When I worked in live TV I often tried to finish with the Weather/market updates/summary of the headlines - all things that can be of variable length with a capable presenter. Sometimes things just don't work out and Presentation have to run a trail or promo.

Other times it might just be the difficulty of trying to co-ordinate all the regional programmes and them all finishing at the same time. Similar challenges with News 24 (as it was when I worked there) and BBC World overnight coming together as well as regional opts and advertising breaks on the latter.

No idea about the One Show though.
3  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: 7.01 from Maidenhead to Paddington on: June 12, 2019, 06:14:00 pm
Beginning to feel like that isn't it?
4  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: 7.01 from Maidenhead to Paddington on: June 12, 2019, 09:59:00 am
Ah well that answers my question about where to stand next week...
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: June 10, 2019, 09:35:14 am

...A 5 car IET IS an improvement over a Turbo...


I think passengers on the 06.53/07.01 Twyford/Maidenhead to Paddington would disagree on that one.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Rail Delivery Group's Fair Fare consultation - outcome on: June 08, 2019, 12:40:07 pm
* “More than eight in 10 (85%) think it’s important that the fares system is updated to enable flexible workers to save money.

Or in other words (as I read it) “we don’t want to pay peak rate fares and we want cheaper railway tickets.” Or, in some cases, “its not fair that I have to pay £100 for my peak return to Paddington when other people only pay £20 with an advance ticket, so we should both pay the same.

It's not just about peak rate fares.  There are also a lot of commuters who use the train 3 or 4 days a week and therefore can't take advantage of season ticket discounts.  And there are others who work night shift and so day returns don't suit them very well.

That's a very good point - the world of work is changing, fewer and fewer people work 9-5 and the railways should reflect this - a lot of people work flexibly and/or from home 1 or 2 days a week, a "loadable" season ticket which is on an Oyster card type system and is valid for 30 days worth of trips rather than a calendar month would be a good step forward.

As someone who worked nights for many years the travel costs were always a bit frustrating. Yes I could buy a season ticket but as I was always travelling against the general flow it never felt good value. I also worked 12 or 14 hour shifts which is a similar point to Taplow Green's about flexible working. And a purely self inflicted cost but it was always a faff buying tickets each night or in the morning when you're pretty much brain dead so I tended to play safe with a season.

In my current role my annual season is borderline value but often its the convenience of always having a ticket as well as not knowing what days I might be working that wins me over. While an Oyster card type system would be great for me I can't see what's in it for the train companies?
7  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Massive Disruption at Paddington - ALL services cancelled on: May 28, 2019, 10:23:47 pm
Actually I thought the station announcer did a great job of people informed. He also made clear that there was no point in asking GWR staff as at that point they knew no more than he was announcing.

He also explained why some of the decisions such as blanking the screens were happening.

It did all start to fall apart a bit once the trains started running but up until that point I'm not sure much more could be said.
8  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: 7.01 from Maidenhead to Paddington on: May 28, 2019, 11:43:52 am
If you lost or declassified the 1 and half carriages of first class then the IET would probably be fine.

That’s only another 30 something seats, even if none of them are occupied by first class passengers.

Is that all? I assumed it would be more but I think then there's going to be a lot of unhappy passengers at Maidenhead/Twyford.

Be interesting to see if people start reserving seats (which I'm guessing you can do now as its an IET?) as I think that will only make things worse.
9  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: 7.01 from Maidenhead to Paddington on: May 28, 2019, 09:01:28 am
Most of the fast trains still seemed to be running but could be a factor although I'd probably see that off set by more people than usual being away.

Talking to a few people though they said it had been the same all last week.

If you lost or declassified the 1 and half carriages of first class then the IET would probably be fine.

10  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: 7.01 from Maidenhead to Paddington on: May 28, 2019, 08:21:49 am
Been away so a bit of a surprise to see a 5 car IET pull in at Twyford.

I use to take the view that billions of pounds of investment had made no difference to my commute. Now I think its safe to say billions of pounds later it is far, far worse.

Absolutely packed and from some of the shouting I could hear not even sure everyone got on a Maidenhead. Talking to some of my fellow travellers many had already written to GWR to complain and been told it represented an increase in seats compared to the Turbo. And the train companies wonder why nobody likes them.

Seriously how can they think this is a sensible idea? As sanfrandragon says the layout makes it far worse with long delays on boarding/disembarking. I also noticed that many of the people standing had nothing to hold onto other than the tops of seats as presumably the IET weren't designed with the aim of everyone standing.

And this is only the Tuesday after a bank holiday with some schools away...

11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: My final ride on a full length HST? on: May 25, 2019, 06:25:45 pm
Trying to post a picture....

Edit: Succeeded.

I thought the train seemed kind of familiar....
12  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: Tax status of Network Rail contractors on: May 18, 2019, 11:13:07 am
To post an alternative view.

I've generally been 'staff' but often find myself working alongside contractors. The theory at my current employer was that they would be brought in for a fixed period or project and move on to another employer. What tended to happen is that they'd stay for years and years but at a higher salary, lower tax and lots more things they could claim. I often found myself watching colleagues hoover up receipts to claim things back that I couldn't for the same work.

It got even stranger when legislation improved around leave and work pay (which is a good thing) as we ended up on the same terms and conditions pretty much.

I lay the blame firmly at the large companies who worked this way and not the individuals as it was a simple (lazy?) was of managing resources/people.

I also agree that HMRC has now gone too far in the other direction which makes it really difficult to recruit in specialist roles (mine being Broadcasting not Engineering) and onerous paper work. It also creates big restrictions on how you staff some projects.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Sickness and Season tickets on: April 20, 2019, 06:14:41 pm
Well, that's the first you've mentioned that the TOC was operating its own T&Cs...don't expect informed help/comment without providing the full facts?

I'm not sure the additional information is the slightest bit relevant to my initial query and Grahame managed to answer it without the need for the snarky comments.

Please try and remember that not everyone has your knowledge of how railways operate, tickets are sold etc. It should be about making things easy, understanding where the vast majority of passengers are starting from as we're not all 'enthusiasts' and perhaps helping them? So far your contribution has been less than helpful.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Maundy Thursday - 29 March 2018 on: April 20, 2019, 02:10:28 pm
Yep. Pretty much given up trying to go to Carmarthen by train. The M4 was very busy late Thursday evening so people are heading away.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Sickness and Season tickets on: April 19, 2019, 05:38:41 pm
I think most people don't have the time, inclination or knowledge to read the T&Cs for everything they buy or sign up for. How many people read EULAs when they install a piece of software?

This query came about because the train company were unaware of these conditions, argued against them and got it wrong claiming their T&Cs took precedence over the National one. Perhaps when they're clearly written, short and  in simple English I'd agree more.

I also think the train companies are missing a trick here as its very much a benefit of having a season ticket so why not promote it when people buy them?
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