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1  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: GWR’s compensation scheme is all delay and no repay on: April 24, 2018, 05:23:53 pm
Despite the news local authorities are still pushing contracts at them. They also do the London Congestion Charge, so a lot of people would be happy if that fell over.
2  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Extra Trains to Windsor for the Royal Wedding - 19 May 18 on: April 17, 2018, 03:02:50 pm
Police have lso said they will suspend train services when excess number (in Windsor?) require it
3  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: On selecting people for roles, and their interest in that role and in other role on: April 17, 2018, 02:49:45 pm
The NR "posts" are much what public service boards call Non-Executive Directors. Often a range of requirements/types from clients/users to staff. Did think recently about putting my name forward for a staff post, but chickened out at the possibility of getting "blamed" by colleagues for cuts or similar unpleasant changes.
Also being originally of an engineering background tend to see things very much in black and white, unlike those with humanities backgrounds who are happy with many shades of grey.
As with a lot of these things it is about being willing, in some form, to be an active agent for change. Personally I think I am not about to get on the first rung of the great and the good.
4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: Britain from above - historic pictures on: April 16, 2018, 04:39:47 pm
The original images were typical high resolution vertical or oblique aerial photography, often used by local authorities (as they still do with digital aerial photography). Not sure what resolution they were scanned to.
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: The Coffee Shop forum and the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) on: April 15, 2018, 08:45:58 am
Is the Coffee Shop registered with the ICO under its own name or under Well House Consultants?
6  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: Age-friendly transportation checklist on: April 12, 2018, 10:16:23 am
Thought triggered by work attempted some years ago to look at active and sustainable travel to hospital in Oxfordshire. Journeys were often "multi-modal" i.e. walk, bus, train, bus to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Trying to capture and analyse these was the problem. But I am sure that it is similar in Wiltshire. You catch the bus, if it is on time, hopefully to connect to a train service. Normally the bus at the "city" station is less of a problem, but overall there is plenty of potential to end up missing an appointment (not only hospital), so people tend to build in large contingencies and add to the profit of coffee shops!
7  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: Age-friendly transportation checklist on: April 11, 2018, 10:15:23 am
Can I add another to a long list. As most people tend to travel from A-B-C, rather than just A-B, suitable connections and ideally suitable waiting facilities.
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: Coffee Shop forum - server crashed, major disruption - 2 April 2018 on: April 04, 2018, 09:04:21 am
Can I echo all the others and say thank you for all the hard work sticking it back together.

I liked the Western Region timetable. If the current GWR put out similar with Gratuitous on the bottom it would probably be taken as an insult by the travelling public.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Mobile ticketing and PlusBus on: March 30, 2018, 11:51:07 am
Not just on the bus. Sometimes I sit on the bike behind a bus at a stop and think the one passenger who has boarded is negotiating to buy the bus it takes so long.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Smoke and Mirrors / Re: "Third of public consultations come to nothing" on: March 30, 2018, 11:47:56 am
Consultations can be just another tick box in a project when the outcome is already "signed and sealed"
11  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Heart of Wessex - 2018. Somerset and Dorset - 1963. on: March 24, 2018, 07:59:16 pm
A trip to Poole for cycling today reminded me of this post when it passed the branch to what was the S&D terminus at Bournemouth West.
Part of the route south of Bath Green Park is now part of a National Cycle route, with hopes to extend further down the former line. Would there be demand all the year round? My alternative trip for cycling this weekend could have been Portsmouth and the Hayling Ferry, which is saying it doesn't cover its costs in winter. When I grew up on Hayling most of the local businesses were not viable out of season, so they shut until the following Easter (did require you to have a good income during the season).
Is a seasonal railway viable? This presumably is the ultimate question for the Swanage extension to Wareham.
12  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Re: No trains between Newbury and Bedwyn due to a dusting of snow on: March 21, 2018, 11:39:14 am
Is it my cynical view of life, or are we heading back to the situation where the original GWR used to run its own buses?
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The West - but NOT the West's trains / Re: Didcot-in-the-Shire on: March 20, 2018, 04:21:41 pm
Supposedly free font, Transport medium, from The basic drawings used to be on the DfT web site.
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The West - but NOT the West's trains / Re: Didcot-in-the-Shire on: March 19, 2018, 07:32:16 pm
They did try and get the name changed to Didcot-on-Thames (to put the house prices up?), but it was rather a long way from the Thames. I always thought there was an opportunity, with the Daily Mail printing works and the power station being so close, for an alternative fuel for the power station.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Vote for Britain's most scenic bus route on: March 19, 2018, 06:44:02 pm
My addition would be a different sort of scenic; White Bus service 01 from Windsor to Ascot, via Windsor Great park
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