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1096  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Bristol: A stupid city? on: February 26, 2016, 12:30:19 pm
You momentarily confused me there by quoting Noggin's words in my name. You might have confused Noggin too!
1097  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Bristol: A stupid city? on: February 26, 2016, 09:51:41 am
What do these people think is so special about Bristol to make it the only largish city in the realm that doesn't need Residents' Parking Areas?

Believe it or not, in most of the city there wasn't an issue with parking in residential areas until the council got greedy and hiked city centre parking charges, encouraging people to park and walk.

Also, as they have brought in RPZ's, the number of spaces have been reduced, so creating further problems. 
I live on the edge of two RPZs. The first was in operation before I moved in, the second started up a couple of years later, and when it did, it brought about an immediate reduction in the number of commuters parking there and ^ perhaps more importantly ^ driving around in the mornings looking for a space. It's not just about the car when it's parked, but when it's being driven.

As for the number of spaces, well of course they're not defined as per-vehicle spaces so there isn't a number; but the length of kerb designated for parking has probably increased. Lengths which previously had the white 'keep clear' lines now have parking bays, with double yellows being restricted to the very corners. This is one of my complaints about the implementation of the RPZs; it has legitimised parking in dangerous places, obstructing visibility at junctions.
1098  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Bristol: A stupid city? on: February 26, 2016, 09:45:54 am
Thank you, CfN.
1099  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Network Rail consultation on improving western rail links to Heathrow on: February 25, 2016, 06:57:54 pm
On my our local radio station (which I call dross FM due to choice of music and inane talk) there was a news article which refered to the proposed rail link from Heathrow to Reading - but I can't find anything new about this ? Have I missed something ?
Quite! How can something be improved when it does not actually exist?
1100  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Bristol: A stupid city? on: February 25, 2016, 06:51:14 pm
Where did this happen and when? And were they perhaps doing something else to attract police attention first, eg running a red light?

From what she told me, she wasn't doing anything other than speeding. I'm not sure how the myth that the police don't enforce 20mph limits got started.
I think there was a non-committal statement by the Avon & Somerset boys when the limits were first introduced. There may also have been more explicit pronouncements by other forces. 
1101  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Bristol: A stupid city? on: February 24, 2016, 04:41:45 pm
And what I came here to post, about RPZs:
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The petition calls for [RPZs] to be reversed on the grounds that it has meant job losses, with business closing because of a drop in passing trade.

^Cherished areas of Bristol such as Clifton are suffering with some traders reporting business down by 50 per cent,^ Bowditch said.

^All schemes should be immediately revoked to provide relief, rolled back and at the very least redesigned with proper consultation performed with residents, businesses, and the universities.^
http://www.bristol247.com/channel/news-comment/daily/politics/petition-calling-on-mayor-to-cancel-rpzs
1102  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Bristol: A stupid city? on: February 24, 2016, 04:40:08 pm
@Noggin: Underground car parks in France, and some other countries, where the car sits underground most of the time, tend to be built under (mostly new) blocks of flats. One of the reasons that doesn't happen here is that most of us, even in big cities, don't live in blocks. As for underground public car parks, building anything underground is incredibly expensive; IIRC estimates I've seen are on average 4x the cost of building on the surface.
1103  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Bristol: A stupid city? on: February 24, 2016, 04:37:15 pm

(Of course the 20mph limit is mostly nominal anyway.)
 

Don't you believe it! My next-door neighbour has just been busted for 28mph in a 20 zone!
Where did this happen and when? And were they perhaps doing something else to attract police attention first, eg running a red light?
1104  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Bristol: A stupid city? on: February 24, 2016, 03:17:47 pm
Again, I think most people would not want the speed limit in their street put back up..!
I think this is true of RPZs as well. Most people don't want other people speeding along their street and are happy to keep parking for themselves ^ but they still want to drive at 30 through other streets and park in them. The human brain is very good at holding two seemingly contradictory opinions simultaneously; it's what makes us superior to the monkeys!

(Of course the 20mph limit is mostly nominal anyway.)

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...he can claim he isn't contradicting his previous statements

According to the Points West this lunchtime, they may close other car parks to keep the total amount of parking much as it is now.
That's interesting. Presumably the ones they'll close, if they do, will be those nearest the Arena, in order to avoid shifting traffic patterns too much (although of course it's possible they want to do this too), in which case it looks a bit silly building the new car park.
1105  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Bristol: A stupid city? on: February 24, 2016, 01:28:31 pm
Well, Germans have cheap prices for cars (but expensive servicing) and it's a bigger country.

But getting back to Bristol, Ferguson is hoping to be re-elected as mayor in a couple of months. He's already annoyed the "motorists' rights" lobby by introducing residents parking zones and 20mph speed limits, so his decision is likely to be based on whether he tries to cement his green image by rejecting the car park or moderate it to appeal to the hardworking family driver. It's most likely that despite Bristol's (mostly self-indulgent) green image, there aren't enough greenies to outweigh the harddriving family workers. At the same time, by being just outside the arena, he can claim he isn't contradicting his previous statements.
1106  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Extending Crossrail to Reading - ongoing discussion, merged topic on: February 23, 2016, 11:35:56 pm
It has to be said that naming and renaming airports, streets and whole cities after famous people has often been politically motivated. Most extremely perhaps in Eastern Europe, where many towns will have a street that was for a few years Hitler Street, then Stalin Avenue and now... something else, but it happens in the UK too, eg (London)Derry.
1107  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Bristol connections: Metro, Bus Rapid Transit, PTE, ITA and local councils - discussion on: February 23, 2016, 11:27:17 pm
Ooh, is that an Argos?
</completely and utterly OT>
1108  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: February 23, 2016, 08:54:49 pm
Ok.
1109  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: First Great Western rebrands to Great Western Railway and related department changes on: February 23, 2016, 10:14:11 am
I'm not sure that many people make the connection between bus and rail arms of the organisation. After all if they were that close, there would be something better than Plusbus, wouldn't there?
Well, it was all First, wasn't it? Still is of course but less obviously now. I've never used Plusbus so can't comment on that; in fact I didn't realise it was a First thing, I was under the impression it applied to all TOCs and bus operators who'd joined the scheme.
1110  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Copyrights and trade marks on: February 23, 2016, 10:12:10 am
The colour green has been trademarked by BP ^ but that's for petrol stations.
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