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31  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg urges government to “pull the plug” on HS2 on: October 04, 2018, 06:37:17 pm
Getting back to HS2: nothing wrong with it, except that it can be used to say "Look how much we're investing in railways!" for a decade or two while it's being talked about, planned and built, then "Look how wonderful our railways are! So fast! So modern!" for another two or three or four. So that's half a century's worth of self-congratulation using a straw-man, functioning as an excuse to avoid doing things which would be more useful. On the other hand, it will be of some benefit and if it were cancelled now, I very much doubt any money saved would be spent on those other things.
32  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg urges government to “pull the plug” on HS2 on: October 04, 2018, 06:32:52 pm
Completely OT but:
Bath's more sophisticated neighbour.
Having lived in both great cities beginning with B on the Avon, I completely agree with this judgement.  Grin

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'd fight any man who argued that Bath wasn't Bristol's second-nicest suburb...
I wouldn't rate it that highly. It started going downhill about 1996* and since the awful Southgate development of everyone's favourite tourist activity, it's only got worse.

*Cos that's when I left, of course.  Wink
33  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg urges government to “pull the plug” on HS2 on: October 03, 2018, 06:43:27 pm
Completely OT but:
Bath's more sophisticated neighbour.
Having lived in both great cities beginning with B on the Avon, I completely agree with this judgement.  Grin
34  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg urges government to “pull the plug” on HS2 on: October 03, 2018, 03:54:04 pm
HS2 should be replaced by a space shuttle between London and our new best friends in Lesotho and Swaziland. I'm surprised this hasn't been proposed already.
35  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: 17th December 2018 - the start of toll free Severn Bridges on: October 03, 2018, 12:37:11 pm
In addition to which, it will mean more road traffic across the Severn generally, as some people switch from train or bus to car and some start making journeys they would otherwise have deemed not worthwhile.
36  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: 17th December 2018 - the start of toll free Severn Bridges on: October 02, 2018, 09:07:40 pm
M32 traffic jams more often. And similar in Cardiff.
37  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: October 01, 2018, 01:23:39 pm
Mods...you may wish to move this to the Four Track Forum as there is no electrification planned for this bit!

Ah, but surely there is? The work was "paused", not cancelled, and a great deal of the preparatory work has been done. It would have made perfect sense to have incorporated electrification into the four-tracking work, as a lot of the issues that have slowed the work down elsewhere probably had to be fixed anyway. Even if the route through Bath stays diesel only, much would be gained from wiring up Filton Bank.
It's always been my understanding that Filton Bank is to be electrified after the four-tracking is complete. Not sure whether this includes the whole of the "Filton diamond" (don't know its proper name, sorry) and Dr Day's Junction.

I was under the impression that Filton Bank was on-hold, along with Chippenham to Bristol and Temple Meads itself, as there would be little use for it until there were regular Bristol to London services via Parkway.
Yes, that's what I'm saying too! The wires will go from Temple Meads to Parkway and from there to London and Cardiff.
38  Journey by Journey / Swindon to Gloucester / Cheltenham / Re: Station improvements at Stonehouse on: September 30, 2018, 05:15:03 pm
This is good news.
39  Journey by Journey / Swindon to Gloucester / Cheltenham / Re: Swindon to Kemble re-doubling - ongoing discussion and updates on: September 30, 2018, 05:10:58 pm
Good timing there.  Smiley
40  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: September 30, 2018, 05:08:02 pm
Mods...you may wish to move this to the Four Track Forum as there is no electrification planned for this bit!

Ah, but surely there is? The work was "paused", not cancelled, and a great deal of the preparatory work has been done. It would have made perfect sense to have incorporated electrification into the four-tracking work, as a lot of the issues that have slowed the work down elsewhere probably had to be fixed anyway. Even if the route through Bath stays diesel only, much would be gained from wiring up Filton Bank.
It's always been my understanding that Filton Bank is to be electrified after the four-tracking is complete. Not sure whether this includes the whole of the "Filton diamond" (don't know its proper name, sorry) and Dr Day's Junction.
41  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where were bobm and I today, 26th September 2018? on: September 30, 2018, 03:42:03 pm
What's it like? My cycling club sometimes go to Cricklade but we always go to the Red Lion, for some reason – I think it's because it has some bike racks outside and a big courtyard, but it looks like the White Hart has that too. So maybe it's just someone's favourite beer...

Menu caters for most tastes.  Main courses around the £10-£14 mark.  They also offer Kangeroo, Ostrich and Buffalo steaks.

I think they only had two real ales on pumps - both Arkells.  (and a shortage of handle glasses...)

Thanks.
42  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Does rail travel actually matter (stupid question day) on: September 28, 2018, 03:14:57 pm
The societal benefits are important.
This. It's not just a question of getting people and things from one place to another, rail (and roads, air, even waterways) exist as part of everything else. Like an ecosystem, where removing one thing (or introducing a new one, or radically altering the proportions) has unpredictable consequences on things which don't seem to be connected.
43  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: (ask a stupid question day) - Why not put up the actual timetable? on: September 28, 2018, 12:52:33 pm
I presume, though without any particular evidence, that posters saying "amended timetable" can be easily and cheaply printed in their hundreds and put up well in advance, regardless of what the actual timetable turns out to be; and that the actual timetable might not be finalised till too late to put up specific information.

As for GWR knowing not everyone has a smartphone (or credit or a signal or charge), of course they know this but do they know if the numbers are significant? For GWR's definition of significant, of course.
44  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Bristol Transport Strategy Consultation / Launch Event 26/09/2018. on: September 28, 2018, 10:56:41 am
I honestly can't work out whether I missed an interesting, hopefully productive consultation or just another geeky meeting getting lost in its own irrelevant details – but it does sound as if it at least had potential to be the former. Either way, I didn't know about it until – just now. (Though I probably wouldn't have gone anyway, as Wednesday nights are usually occupied with other things.)

I don't we'll find that anyone missing from the meeting will have made a huge difference to the future or transport in Bristol.   But to be fair it was the launch of a consulatation so plenty more chances to get in there - deadline 6th November I think.   And to be double fair, one of the questions being asked of attendees is "how do we reach people and encourage them to respond" ...

I get confused between all the levels of planning - the City, the two Mayoral zones, the LEP, the new Western Gateway subregion, and then on to the DfT - all with their elements of spatial and transport planning ...

You aren't the only one Grahame ,that goes for me as well and as I was sitting with you last night ,I get upon reflection the feeling that the same can be said of Bristol City Council !...
One of the Mayoral zones is the same as the City. The Western super Mayor is, erm, much more superer, at least in areal. And the Western Gateway... well, it's the first I've heard of that one.
45  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where were bobm and I today, 26th September 2018? on: September 28, 2018, 10:54:23 am
Vale of the White Horse Inn, by any chance?  Wink

White Hart Hotel, Cricklade.

What's it like? My cycling club sometimes go to Cricklade but we always go to the Red Lion, for some reason – I think it's because it has some bike racks outside and a big courtyard, but it looks like the White Hart has that too. So maybe it's just someone's favourite beer...
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