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1096  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Bristol connections: Metro, Bus Rapid Transit, PTE, ITA and local councils - discussion on: May 21, 2015, 01:35:53 PM
Well, when it lifts, it swings up in the air, doesn't it?  Wink

The Temple Circus gyratory doesn't seem to have lasted long. Or probably it's been there longer than I'm thinking, but it does seem to have been a short-lived intermediary between the old roundabout with flyover and what's to replace it. I think I once cycled over that flyover, for more or less the only reason that it was banned.  Roll Eyes
1097  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Wiltshire's train service network - will it look like this by 2020? on: May 21, 2015, 12:06:48 PM
Studies are underway / plans being looked at for Corsham; http://transwilts.org/tw/news/87-corsham-survey for survey summary and http://transwilts.org/tw/images/pdf/Corsham_Survey_Result_Summary_2015.pdf for longer report on it.
There's a link from there to a more general TransWilts survey which includes "Freshbrook" in the drop down list of station names...
1098  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Wiltshire's train service network - will it look like this by 2020? on: May 21, 2015, 11:06:01 AM
I do like the idea of "Stonehenge Parkway".  Cheesy

Could it be that this was the original purpose of the stone circle? An interchange for horse-drawn chariots from all over the land^ like all the National Express coaches congregating at Digbeth bus station 5,000 years later!
1099  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Bristol connections: Metro, Bus Rapid Transit, PTE, ITA and local councils - discussion on: May 21, 2015, 10:56:28 AM
At Redcliffe Roundabout work has started to reshape the junction, better to accommodate MetroBus.
Which Redcliffe roundabout? The one by the church, at the end of the very-occasionally-swings bridge? The one the other side of the river, at the end of East St? Or the one at the end of Victoria St, that used to have a flyover many years ago?
1100  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: Consultation on "Improving Connectivity" on: May 21, 2015, 10:19:43 AM
... If your train is late in a no-change journey, you're just late by that much ...

It depends.   Some through journeys get sliced, with a new train taking over from the old one at an intermediate station.   Example -  05:19 on Monday from Gloucester to Southampton, due there at 08:09.   Terminated at Swindon, restarted at Westbury.   Second example - Weymouth to Great Malvern services, sometimes terminates at Bristol Temple Meads when running late, with another train having left Bristol a bit earlier (i.e. right time).

In the first example, had you got on that 05:19 to travel to Southampton, I suspect you would have been 2 or 3 hours late getting to destination!
Yes, it's not only being on time that's important, being there at all also counts!
1101  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: Consultation on "Improving Connectivity" on: May 21, 2015, 10:16:24 AM
Agreed the 'bus shelters' are pretty useless, but they tend to be found only on relatively minor stations, rather than ones where connections are more likely to be made. Though Parson St was mentioned upthread... (haven't been there myself but I know there's no 'proper building' at Bedminster.) Then again, I remember waiting at Pewsey for a train to Westbury a few Sundays ago. A 'proper station' with a good old Victorian waiting room. Smiley Locked.  Sad Train was 34 minutes late  Sad(but I just made my connection Cheesy).
1102  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: Consultation on "Improving Connectivity" on: May 20, 2015, 09:46:08 AM
Surely the problem with any connectivity system is that it requires not only timetabling to eliminate long waits, but timekeeping. If your train is late in a no-change journey, you're just late by that much. If you have to change, it can be much worse.

I dare say this is also missing the point, but I don't know!
1103  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: New design of common stock ticket on: May 18, 2015, 02:39:45 PM
Got a ticket from TVM at an unmanned station the other day and the machine still gave me an extra piece of card to say... what? That I had bought a ticket, I suppose. But what is the point of this extra non-ticket? Is it to function as a receipt and if so is it required by law? If not, it seems a bit of a waste.

Also, as the TVMs do not take cash ^ which seems a sensible move on the whole ^ what effect does this have on the legality of the posters warning that you must have a valid ticket before boarding the train, which are prominently displayed at most stations with TVMs?
1104  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: Independently Powered EMU to be tested on: May 13, 2015, 03:26:52 PM
Then why isn't it poo powered?  No shortage of that stuff as fuel!  Surely still more green than using batteries, as I'm not sure how they're disposed of when they're eventually unrechargeable.

Isn't there a difference between poo power and batteries in that batteries are a store for energy generated elsewhere, whereas the poo generates it?

I suspect that poo power may be inefficient, require heavy maintenance of the clever stuff that converts poo to movement, and I'm not sure how reliable the poo supply is.  "The 17:20 from Paddington has been delayed at Hungerford due to fuel shortage.   We have plenty on passenger on board, and expect they'll start throwing the sh*t in the next hour and we'll get going again.  In the mean time, long distance expresses will be diverted between Reading and Westbury, with Newbury and Pewsey calls replaced by a call at Swindon"
It's usually a movement that produces a poo.  Cheesy
1105  Journey by Journey / Swindon to Gloucester / Cheltenham / Re: Ashchurch for Tewkesbury Station - campaign for renaming and other improvements on: May 06, 2015, 10:29:27 AM

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^1,000 for a new sign for drivers.

Eh??  Shocked

That's about right, production cost a lot of railway signs are custom made often by RBL and then there is the fitting cost.

Oh and we must not forget the "sighting" process  Roll Eyes
Are we sure this refers to a train drivers? It's not clear from the original news article. It could mean a sign directing traffic from the main road (A46) to the station.

Though I'm not sure why that would cost ^1000, except that, again, there would be several of them.
1106  Journey by Journey / Swindon to Gloucester / Cheltenham / Re: Swindon to Kemble re-doubling - ongoing discussion and updates on: May 05, 2015, 10:36:19 PM
I often think back to the days when the Auto-train used to run between Chalford and Gloucester, with maybe 10 halts in-between.

Purton; Minety and Ashton Keynes; Oaksey; Kemble; Coates; Chalford; St Mary's Crossing; Brimscombe; Bridge; Ham Mill; Borowbridge Crossing; Stroud; Downfield Crossing; Caches Green; Ebley; Stonehouse (Burdett Road); Haresfield; Gloucester ... there are certainly aspirations for an extra service every hour, but whether that would go so far as "planning" for one I'm not sure.   The only station I have heard talked of would be one to serve the north west of Swindon.
Wow! I remember the platforms - or one of them at least - at Ebley halt, but it had long since ceased to have services. There was vague talk of reopening it in the late '80s.
1107  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Why are trains yellow at front and back? on: May 05, 2015, 09:35:57 PM
I was going to point out the same as eightf48544 - that the requirement for yellow fronts seems to be a British thing. As it's already specific to one rail network, it's not a big surprise it isn't required on LU. Incidentally, I think the triangle of headlights is also used on trams in some countries.
1108  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture - related rail, public and other transport issues / Re: Call for transfer of south London suburban lines to Overground on: April 23, 2015, 09:53:07 AM
I don't know these lines at all; so I won't attempt to say anything about efficiency blah blah. But to me this looks like another small battle in the slow war of power-balance between London, Central Government, and Elsewhere.
1109  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Bristol to Clevedon via Yatton? on: April 22, 2015, 04:33:11 PM
Thanks for the info. And boo to FGW for such silly station signs!
1110  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Bristol to Clevedon via Yatton? on: April 22, 2015, 01:24:53 PM
[Not sure if this is in the right place. Mods, please move or advise if it would be better in another board!]

We're going to Clevedon, I have been told. Ok. Probably by bus, but I remember signs on the platforms at Yatton saying "Yatton for Clevedon". Knowing First run the buses as well as the trains,I thought this must indicate some connecting bus service from Yatton station into Clevedon, perhaps a PlusBus(?) ticket. But googling for buses from Yatton to Clevedon only gives me connections via Bristol!

Can anybody enlighten me on why Yatton is "Yatton for Clevedon" and if there is any decently connecting bus?

Thanks.
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