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31  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Reading Green Park on: October 12, 2021, 07:10:08 am
Works Descriptions
Balfour Beatty Road Closure AG

200 mtrs either side of Railway bridge and on bridge deck RG2 6AT

Carriageway and construction of new footway suggests the closure is 25 Oct 2021 - 11 Feb 2022 from Wokingham BC with road closure and diversion. Despite having a No Entry symbol “No delays are likely” from West Berkshire Council. Nice to know that our local councils are fulfilling their duty of cooperation!

Thanks bradbrka, would be grateful for source and any more detail

32  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Templecombe Signal Box. Should it be listed? on: October 11, 2021, 07:45:16 am
On the way back from a cycling trip to London on Saturday, we discussed this style of Southern signal boxes. I presume they were all designed in the 1930's, but who was the designer? In the early days of the Southern Railway James Robb Scott was the chief architect, personally noted by me for Bishopstone station that had two pillboxes added to the roof during WWII (World War 2 - 1939 to 1945).

I have to admit if only one of these signal boxes were preserved it would be the one at Portsmouth Harbour station.

The conversation drifted to more ephemeral parts of the Southern. I have an ongoing fascination for the "mass produced" concrete components that were used on the Southern: platform backs, bridges, plate layers huts, lighting standards, etc. Not sure how you would preserve a representative collection, and where.
33  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Reading Green Park on: October 11, 2021, 07:04:10 am
More progress, slowly.

Fencing at the back of the platforms complete, platform lighting standards installed, blockwork (as in building blocks) started on station building. Not sure what the purpose of the path that has been created behind the platform fencing on the Up platform is for.

The big question: three holes have recently been cut and filled in the pavement of the road overbridge to the south of the station. Any ideas as to what for, as I can't see underneath. Future-proofing for OLE (Overhead Line Equipment, more often "OHLE")?
34  All across the Great Western territory / Active travel: Cyclists and walkers, including how the railways deal with them / NCN 41 - Lias Line on: October 06, 2021, 09:56:47 am
Good to see a new project in Warwickshire
even better if the get the money for phases two and three.
The existing path will also be severed by HS2 (The next High Speed line(s))
Wonder if other areas will get money where HS2 severs existing routes, although it is not obvious what the source of the money is.

Note the URL is confusing; "51m" does not refer to 51 miles (or km) but £5.1 finance.
35  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture - related rail and other transport issues / Re: Birmingham to become a super-sized low-traffic neighbourhood on: October 06, 2021, 07:16:31 am
is scared of upsetting motorists...

Which covers a lot of local authorities, including those in Berkshire. I don't expect much in Reading before May, when they are all up for election for the first time since the creation of the unitary authority. Together with ward boundary changes might be a change from Labour control. Not much money in the kitty to sweeten the voters either. Local rumour that Tony Paige might not be standing this time.
36  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: AGM - 16th October 2021 - at Didcot, with guest speaker Mark Hopwood on: October 06, 2021, 07:10:09 am
I will be elsewhere on a Saturday bike trip. Hope it all goes to plan.

I am sure others would ask my sort of questions about bicycles, carriage and storage thereof etc.
37  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: December Timetables on: October 06, 2021, 07:08:05 am
If I am reading it correctly, the Saturday Reading to Basingstoke service is still one an hour. Unfortunately the "wrong" half and a 50 minute wait at Basingstoke for the service(s) I use does not add to the attractions of a trip. So no improvement there.

The reversion to three tph Slough to Windsor will be an encouragement for cycling to and round Windsor area.
38  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: The end of an era - or at least a gas holder on: October 04, 2021, 06:59:46 am
Better not ask about the gas leak they are trying to repair on the Bath Road bridge in Reading. Did wonder if a steam locomotive going underneath would be an added hazard.
39  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Delayed Railcard on: October 03, 2021, 08:33:58 am
Do we need a reference page for Excess tickets?

The knowledgeable on the forum talk about them quite easily, but for the rest of us and new members they are possibly a complete mystery.

Probably similar for easements, although that is an even more complex topic.
40  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: CrossCountry partners National Railway Museum to help deliver its Vision 2025 on: September 30, 2021, 07:18:54 am
I do get the impression that the Voyager is a Marmite train, love it or hate it.
41  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Network Rail launch new rail corridor inspection system on: September 24, 2021, 09:25:16 am
The Geospatial Commission is supposed to "co-ordinate" spatial data suppliers; Ordnance Survey, Geological Survey, Hydrographic Office, etc to enable optimum use and sharing of spatial (mapping) data for planning and development etc.

As a mapping data user I tend to get regular missives from one or other of these.
42  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Notable Platforms on: September 22, 2021, 06:44:26 pm
Cold callers don't always get such considered responses.
43  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: As we head back to BR ... a new look for the logo on: September 22, 2021, 06:43:00 pm
Tut, tut. Corporate branding firms have got to make a living you know!
44  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Answering Consultations - do you? - is it worth it? on: September 22, 2021, 06:32:16 pm
From the creator/originator's point of view the technique is wording it so you get the answer you want. This has been the situation with some of those relating to LTNs (Low Traffic Neighbourhood).

Some seem to assume that the public are imbeciles and that creator/originator is going through the motions to tick a box, and has not intention of taking any notice.

I thought the DfT» (Department for Transport - about) survey on amending the Highway Code was better than some, but that is not setting the bar very high.
45  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Groupsave - can anyone clarify? on: September 22, 2021, 06:26:10 pm
More generally, don't forget they are not valid on XC.
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