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1  Journey by Journey / Heathrow Express, Connect etc / Re: New Tube map includes Paddington via Hayes to Heathrow on: Yesterday at 05:46:11 pm
I wonder if the Tube Map is not approaching the limits of readability? It's good to have multiple options combined in one source but there comes a point when it's overwhelming, confusing, especially for people who don't know the city well (tourists, business visitors).

No, that's the "London's Rail and Tube" map (previously "London Connections").

That's this ...

In case I was a bit too subtle there, I meant that "that" was the one that's complicated enough to be confusing - or hard to follow, anyway. (Though it does more of that a bit further east.)
You were quite clear. It's the map that isn't (or might not be)!
2  Journey by Journey / Heathrow Express, Connect etc / Re: New Tube map includes Paddington via Hayes to Heathrow on: Yesterday at 02:36:34 pm
I wonder if the Tube Map is not approaching the limits of readability? It's good to have multiple options combined in one source but there comes a point when it's overwhelming, confusing, especially for people who don't know the city well (tourists, business visitors).
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: Yesterday at 11:56:11 am
I've just read that there's no little cycle logo to identify which door to put bikes in on the IETs, and that this is because Hitachi refused to allow it as part of the vinyl wrap. Can this really be true?
http://road.cc/content/news/242347-train-manufacturer-said-be-preventing-gwr-putting-cycle-logos-carriages-where
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Now road.cc reader Oliver Strother has been in touch to flag up another problem with getting a bike onto a GWR service, one related to new rolling stock and the difficulty he encountered finding the part of the train where cycles are stored – and once he did, how poor the facility was.

One of the problems he had was that unlike on the previous trains that the new ones have replaced, there is no sticker with a picture of a bicycle on the side of the carriage where bikes can be placed – and he was later told that the reason was that the train manufacturer, Hitachi, won’t permit them.

That seems rather strange to us – given that the bike storage area isn’t going to move around the train, surely the bicycle logo could (and should) have been incorporated in the vinyl wrap of the GWR livery?

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Head to platform, train arrives, as the train passes I look for cycle symbol but there isn't one. I head to the last section of the train, but no bike symbol anywhere. #wheredoigo? Train manager Simon pops out and says carriage 'A' or 'D' , at this point I'm stood outside 'L'. (later the I'm told the staff are not permitted by Hitachi to put a bicycle sticker on the outside of the train).

Don't you have to have a reservation to carry a bike on the new trains though? And wouldn't that reservation tell you which carriage to put the bike (and if it doesn't, it should!).
Yes to the first part.
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So I took a punt, and went down to the station ticket office who at 1715 said there was plenty bike spaces available, so I booked a ticket avec cycle reservation.
No to the second part. Presumably because it's just a space you've reserved, not a particular space, and unlike seats, where there are five or more carriages each with fifty or more seats, there are only a small number of cycle spaces all in one place. Or maybe in two places on the 5+5 IETs.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: Yesterday at 10:41:44 am
I've just read that there's no little cycle logo to identify which door to put bikes in on the IETs, and that this is because Hitachi refused to allow it as part of the vinyl wrap. Can this really be true?
http://road.cc/content/news/242347-train-manufacturer-said-be-preventing-gwr-putting-cycle-logos-carriages-where
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Now road.cc reader Oliver Strother has been in touch to flag up another problem with getting a bike onto a GWR service, one related to new rolling stock and the difficulty he encountered finding the part of the train where cycles are stored – and once he did, how poor the facility was.

One of the problems he had was that unlike on the previous trains that the new ones have replaced, there is no sticker with a picture of a bicycle on the side of the carriage where bikes can be placed – and he was later told that the reason was that the train manufacturer, Hitachi, won’t permit them.

That seems rather strange to us – given that the bike storage area isn’t going to move around the train, surely the bicycle logo could (and should) have been incorporated in the vinyl wrap of the GWR livery?

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Head to platform, train arrives, as the train passes I look for cycle symbol but there isn't one. I head to the last section of the train, but no bike symbol anywhere. #wheredoigo? Train manager Simon pops out and says carriage 'A' or 'D' , at this point I'm stood outside 'L'. (later the I'm told the staff are not permitted by Hitachi to put a bicycle sticker on the outside of the train).
5  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Estonia - rolling out free public transport nationwide on: May 23, 2018, 07:39:13 pm
Two minor points.
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The rural parts of this former Soviet state, which joined the E.U. in 2003,
May 2004 actually.

And...
From an article at City Lab - free public transport for local residents throughout the country.

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Before someone else asks .. "Ooze gonna pay4 it"  Cheesy





……….or as they say down Tallinn way, Кто будет за это платить?
I don't think Russian is either the most common or the most popular language in Estonia.

As for the idea itself, IIUC it's rural buses that are being made free to use (those in Tallinn being already free) so city buses continue to charge fares. And it's not clear from the article whether free for residents means strictly local residents or all Estonian citizens. I've never been to Estonia but generally speaking Eastern Europe has far greater rural-urban difference in incomes, standards of living and employment opportunities than the UK.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Making fares simpler on: May 23, 2018, 07:18:21 pm
Yes, a good idea, Sid.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Forgetting where you parked on: May 23, 2018, 10:48:04 am
I do agree with TG, in a general sort of way. As for forgetting cars, every so often you hear of pristine 30-year-old cars being discovered in a forgotten corner of a garage. The "sea of cycles" (nice phrase) probably contains more abandoned than forgotten bikes, I'd guess (abandoned by people who have left Bristol, for instance).
8  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: My First Mile. on: May 23, 2018, 10:43:19 am
Seems to be promoting taxis. Interesting* that her morning bus was on the northbound side of Gloucester Road, I guess her office is in Aztec West** or the Bradleystokegifford area rather than the city centre.

*Not particularly.
**Site of the unbuilt underground station, of course!
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where did Phil's latest Madventure take him to? on: May 21, 2018, 08:46:47 pm
The Emerald City.  Cheesy
10  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Crossrail for Bristol? on: May 21, 2018, 08:43:28 pm
Are they mushrooms – or mould?  Cheesy Shocked
11  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: May 21, 2018, 08:33:06 pm
Up is North and Down is South...  think of it as the quickest route to London from that point, as it's going via the quicker Badminton lines rather than thru Bath & Chippenham

So looking north from Constable Rd & Bonnington Walk, the new 4 lines left to right are Up Relief, Down Relief, Up Main and Down Main
Cheers! I wasn't sure if it was that or if up would be south, towards Temple Meads as the nearest major-est station.
12  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: May 21, 2018, 02:57:48 pm
Nice photos. Good to see the progress. I’m hoping to have a look around for myself later this evening.

Just as a point of interest, the lines at this location are titled the ‘Up Filton’ and ‘Down Filton’, not the Up & Down Main.
Yebbut which way is which?

And I've just realized that having mentioned the Orange Army in my caption, there are none actually in the photo! But they were there...

It would seem then that I wasted my time posting a diagram here: http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=13113.msg236581#msg236581
Not wasted at all, because even if I'd forgotten it, other people won't have, and even if everyone forgot it, it would remain here as a resource. Although in fact it doesn't, as far as I can see, answer my question of which way is up and which way is down when the "to London" convention doesn't apply.
13  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: May 21, 2018, 12:53:35 pm
As the continuing Colston Controversy shows, there's no escape from the slaving legacy in Bristol. Rather than try to escape from it, the developers should embrace this aspect of the city's history; I suggest names such as Shackle Street, the Manacle Quarter and the Trading Block. Maybe Pen Street (one n) to join Penn Street. The Live Cargo District, an exciting new development of hipster food stalls specializing in West African cuisine and ship's biscuits, etc.  Shocked
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: More where? on: May 21, 2018, 10:46:14 am
Yes!  Smiley
15  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: May 21, 2018, 10:40:00 am
... currently referred to as Callowhill Court (Will that name stick? Hannah Callowhill, although feted in the USA, was married to William Penn, who was a bit a slave trader).
William Penn, the noted Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania, a bit of a slave trader? Seems highly unlikely. His father, the admiral, might have been. As for Callowhill, I don't think the name will be widely associated with a person at all (which doesn't mean it will stick though).
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