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1  All across the Great Western territory / Other ways to travel: cycle routes, cycles, and how the railways deal with them / Re: Bath's Combe Down Two Tunnels railway path project on: July 17, 2018, 07:43:03 pm
Two Tunnels is an enjoyable trip, been a couple of times. Last time I decided to complete the circuit and return to Bath along the K&A Canal, having decided to RAIN I wondered by the time I got to Bath if I would have been any wetter cycling down the canal, rather than the tow path.
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Antimacassars - the travelling public demands answers on: July 08, 2018, 02:23:38 pm
Too many years ago I remember asking my Mum what a sign meant on a Portsmouth Corporation Bus (Heavens light our guide, did that stop them getting lost?).  The sign was No expectorating on the upper deck. After being told it meant spitting, the innocent youth asked does that mean it's ok downstairs (some mothers do have them). I wonder how many Portsmouth dockers understood the sign.
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / This week's in-demand item? on: July 08, 2018, 02:17:35 pm
https://www.gwrsouvenirs.co.uk/index.php/shop/top-trump-cards.html

Unless a boycott is decided
4  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / More unfortunate advertising? on: July 08, 2018, 02:10:00 pm
Coming out of the lift on platform 7 at reading yesterday I noticed a nice new poster.

Something along the lines; Take advantage of special travel offers between Paddington and Oxford. As we know with GWR timing is of the essence.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Other ways to travel: cycle routes, cycles, and how the railways deal with them / Re: Bike buses on rail replacement on: July 08, 2018, 02:01:45 pm
On the subject of hovercraft, somebody is trying to save the former Saunders Roe hanger at Cowes where they and various types of aircraft were built. English Heritage refuse to list it.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Bus use by the over 60s on: July 08, 2018, 01:41:06 pm
Presumably at some stage these figures should be affected by th decline in bus services mentioned elsewhere.

It presumably won't include accurate figures from local passenger transport authorities like Hampshire County Council whose definition of eligibility are different to Reading's:

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Who can apply
        Women at pensionable age
        Men at the pensionable age of a woman born on the same day
https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/trafficandtravel/publictransport/buspasses/olderpersonsbuspass

I would probably still be waiting.
7  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Cotswold Line - 2018 cancellation and amendments log on: June 26, 2018, 11:03:08 am
Where can I find a summary of the reliability, or not, on weekends. Thinking of going to Evesham and Pershore this weekend.
Any experts like to hazard a meteorological and metallurgical forecast as to whether "wiggly" rails are likely?
8  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Costs of congestion on: June 15, 2018, 12:32:04 pm
Presumably, for those with the time and inclination, some of the answers could be calculated from WebTAG.
Table 4 of the Rail Appraisal section https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/715482/tag-unit-a5-3-rail-appraisal-may-2018.pdf gives some pointers. But previous text suggests that you might need access to Passenger Demand Forecasting Handbook (PDFH), which is possibly not publicly available.
Glad I never have to dig this deep into it.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: The Consultation is On! on: June 05, 2018, 07:41:19 am
Whatever the outcome, I hope the implementation is better than the new timetables.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: June 03, 2018, 10:12:12 am
An example from 10:58 Reading to Weston yesterday. Train was busy, only a single 5-car set. Two cyclists with reservations find one of the two spaces is already taken. Reservation system appeared not to be working/indicating. Platform staff attitude appeared to be "just get on". So two full size bikes in the vestibule, both had straight handlebars, which have trouble fitting into the bike space at the best of times. Fortunately the train manager couldn't get down the train, as the computer compartment opposite the bike space was open, and just managed to take the Brompton.  From Didcot it was full and standing, Swindon and beyond they probably left another 5-car set's worth of passengers standing on each station. Train emptied at Bath!
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Some interesting cycle paths and lanes on: June 03, 2018, 10:03:45 am
Regrettably some local  authorities appear to think they are providing a service with this sort of thing, to whom I am not sure; motorist, cyclist, pedestrian? It makes you wonder about the people who actually do the work, who can presumably see that it is nonsensical; are they so demoralised with cutbacks (LA) or driven by profit (private contractors).
At risk of trying to teach grandmothers to suck eggs, as Graham normally has most bases covered, try looking at http://therantyhighwayman.blogspot.com/. Civil/highways engineer with an interest in cycling. Has a different take on the subject.
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: May 27, 2018, 05:31:41 pm
GWR responds
http://road.cc/content/news/242347-train-manufacturer-said-be-preventing-gwr-putting-cycle-logos-carriages-where
no timescale given
13  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Through train to Corfe Castle on: May 25, 2018, 10:17:32 am
National Rail enquiries reckons it can't find a fare, but gives you the times.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: May 25, 2018, 10:11:40 am
Losing "sync" on announcements on trains or buses, is a pain, and potentially more so for the visually impaired.

Will the bike logo problem be solved when somebody vandalises the train and they have to re-finish the carriage.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Royal Wedding Weekend - What's going to happen? on: May 19, 2018, 08:36:11 pm
Nice to see everybody is on the same page as usual. Police apparently said yesterday that they didn't want confetti as it made a mess, was environmentally unfriendly and a security risk. Hate to think what they would have said if the event was on April 1st.
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