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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Does anyone know of a bus station that they actually like? on: June 14, 2019, 07:27:47 am
In the case of Reading, oh to have a bus station to like (or not).
2  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: Think Tanks on: June 14, 2019, 07:15:11 am
Should the financial side be included?

Institute for Fiscal Studies    IFS                              

I'll leave somebody else to define the Ideology.

Presumably the relevant transport think tanks could be included.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Unmanned gatelines on: June 14, 2019, 07:00:37 am
I was led to believe that manning gateline is a Health and Safety issue. If there are no staff there they have to be open, in case of fire if nothing else.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Great Britain Timetable and Working Timetable on: June 14, 2019, 06:57:28 am
In the case of the BBC, time for more self-advertising?
5  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Reading Green Park on: June 10, 2019, 06:59:12 am
And possibly yet to come, Grazeley Garden Village, proposal currently somewhere in central government probably stuck behind a Brexit logjam.

They want a new station on the Reading - Basingstoke line, or if all else fails move Mortimer station ( a somewhat inflammatory proposal methinks). Details can be found if you rummage on the Wokingham BC website.
6  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Reading Green Park on: June 08, 2019, 06:04:26 pm
There have already been incorrect links from Reading Green Park to the Green Park in London. I don't know how the development came to be called Green Park. The one slightly north is Kennet Island which is vaguely understandable, not an island but within sight of the Kennet. Certainly better than the concept of Didcot on Thames.
7  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Reshaping Britainís Railways for the 21st Century: A Speech by Lord Andrew Adonis on: June 08, 2019, 05:57:18 pm
Talking of Gosport, the bulk of the rail track has been replaced by what appears to be an efficient bus link. It is also a question of what the transport flows are. A significant number of Gosport residents work in Portsmouth, or commute to London, neither of which would probably be benefited by a railway line via Fareham. A vehicle ferry between Gosport and Portsmouth would possibly get more votes, and might reduce the climate effects of driving via Fareham.

How do you make a balanced judgement as to what form of transport is suitable, I assume most forum members would tend to lean towards rail. But should other forms of active and sustainable transport be considered? I believe it is sometimes said that there is less freight on rail because it doesn't go directly from point to point, and tends to require transhipment. Is it similar to people being less than enthusiastic about having to change on their journey; train to train, or car to train etc?

Addition: Which Windsor does he mean in his full list, or has somebody sold him the Windsor tunnel canard?
8  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Rail Delivery Group's Fair Fare consultation - outcome on: June 08, 2019, 04:53:07 pm
Following on from somebodies passing comment about London Travelcard.Went up to London today and ended up on the bike one station outside Zone 6. £4.90 to go one station!

Did they used to do a wider London travelcard, out to Zone 8 or 9? Certainly not offered today.
9  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: The state of our infrastructure - UK wide - and service reliability on: June 07, 2019, 07:11:32 am
Silly question. If line telephone is also solid-state electronics connected to long lengths of wire, why don't they fail as often?
10  All across the Great Western territory / Other ways to travel: cycle routes, cycles, and how the railways deal with them / Re: Wray Valley Trail - Bovey Tracey to Moretonhampstead along disused railway on: June 07, 2019, 07:08:33 am
If I understand it correctly 3.5 km for £1 million. How much would that buy you on road or rail?
11  Journey by Journey / North Downs Line / Re: North Camp - Ash Vale interchange on: June 06, 2019, 07:02:24 am
A time for remembrance. FANY (First Aid Nursing Yeomanry) could be a bit of a misnomer in WWII as a proportion of its members were diverted to SOE and similar organisations.
12  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Cancellations Banbury - Reading services 4/6/2019 on: June 06, 2019, 06:58:47 am
If a cyclist plans to use a train timetabled as allowing unbooked cycles, finds that the train that arrives has compulsory cycle booking can they claim under Delay Repay when/if refused boarding?
13  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Cancellations Banbury - Reading services 4/6/2019 on: June 05, 2019, 07:49:26 am
Another reason why GWR needs to think about some flexibility in their bike policy. I know not everyone is a fan of Cross Country, but three cycle spaces; two booked, one take you chance is preferable to the current GWR inflexibility.
14  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Taplow Limehouse on: June 04, 2019, 06:59:32 am
Perhaps they thought you were going to cycle along the Regents Canal to Limehouse.

Possibly not today as it goes round the UA Ambassadors residence and they might be searching the canal for Iranian frogman or Russian mini submarines.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: New 20 miles per hour speed limits - on roads in Bristol, and elsewhere? on: May 30, 2019, 07:46:58 am
15 mph speed limit in City of London probably won't make a lot of difference (except to the blood pressure of a minority) as the average speed is below that.
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