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1  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: A V Lowe - AKA Tulyar on: June 20, 2018, 12:38:24 pm
I've just caught a train from Deepdene and can confirm both platforms now have shelters in use. They have narrow perches as at bus shelters for you to lean your bottom on.
2  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Bossing The Crossing on: June 18, 2018, 12:25:22 am
Network rail are running a pedestrian safety campaign at level crossings at

As part of the campaign they've released a video showing impatient / idiot pedestrians at Poole High Street level crossing.


Deliberate misuse of level crossings can kill. Eighty six incidents were recorded in Dorset last year - 36% on Poole High Street level crossing.

The number of pedestrian level crossing incidents is at an all time high and it is our duty to reduce these numbers and preserve the safety of workers, the public, passengers and lineside neighbours.

Find out more here -

3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where Have I Been? on: June 17, 2018, 09:44:08 am
A few shots from a recent trip.

Did you deliberately post the thumbnails instead of the larger size shots?
4  All across the Great Western territory / Other ways to travel: cycle routes, cycles, and how the railways deal with them / Re: Cycles to / from Heathrow on: June 10, 2018, 08:57:39 pm
They can't - and frankly, the purpose of Heathrow is to fly. There is free transport laid on for employees there. [snip]
Of course you can! Thousands of cycle tourists carry tents, sleeping bags, panniers upon panniers. [snip]

What about walking to Heathrow if you live on the periphery?

I recall talking with a chap who was on one of our courses a number of years back ... and he was taking a flying visit - literally - so see his mum that weekend.

Me:   "How will you get from the airport - will she pick you up?"
He:   "I will walk"

Turns out she lived in a cottage about 400 yards from the terminal (I suspect there is just one terminal) at Benbecula.

You can walk or cycle to Terminals 4 and 5 as they are on the perimeter but access to T2 and T3 is currently not possible. You can park your bike at Heathrow Academy which is on the northern perimeter and then take a free bus into the central area.

Cycle parking
There is currently no direct cycle route to Terminals 2 and 3 due to construction work to the main road tunnel. Bicycles can be parked in racks at the Heathrow Cycle Hub, where free local buses operate to the terminals.

View bus route map  (155KB)
Free cycle parking is available at:

Terminals 2 and 3: The Cycle Hub, Heathrow Academy, Newall Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW6 2AP
Terminal 4: Cycle parking is opposite the arrivals forecourt
Terminal 5: Cycle parks are provided at either end of the terminal building.
Bikes can also be safely stored in the left baggage office for up to 90 days.

Please note that for security reasons, bicycles will be removed if not parked in the designated areas.

View map of Heathrow cycle parks  (1.6MB PDF)
5  All across the Great Western territory / Other ways to travel: cycle routes, cycles, and how the railways deal with them / Re: Cycles to / from Heathrow on: June 09, 2018, 10:16:38 am
They can't - and frankly, the purpose of Heathrow is to fly. There is free transport laid on for employees there. Why would you cycle as you can't carry sensibly any amount of baggage sufficient to be useful, like overnight bags or larger.

They are also a security risk as explosives can be packed into their frame. I suspect that is the real reason.

I used to cycle or walk through that tunnel and it was very convenient when I worked there. I think the airport provided a free shuttle bus for cyclists and pedestrians when it closed but that has been replaced by free travel on local buses for those on foot into the airport now. I have no idea what cyclists (normally airport workers) do now. With the reconstruction of T2 and closure of T1 I'm sure the cycle storage area in between that I used is probably not there any more.
6  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Thameslink on: June 03, 2018, 12:33:49 am
One oddity I have noticed is that some Southern services are being described in the journey planners and on the station departure boards as being Thameslink services. I have noticed this for Southern trains running through Epsom. It may possibly be occurring elsewhere.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Vote for Britain's most scenic bus route on: May 28, 2018, 09:03:05 am
And the winner is..... the 840 coastliner from Leeds to Whitby.

Looks like the Purbeck Breezer 50 came 3rd.

As a sideline I am intrigued the front display. "Departs in x minutes". I have never seen that on a bus before.
8  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Through train to Corfe Castle on: May 26, 2018, 08:12:39 am
National Rail enquiries reckons it can't find a fare, but gives you the times.

SWR website isn't any better. In fact it can't even find the trains. Searching for Clapham Junction to Corfe Castle on 26th May or 2nd June I get
We haven't been able to find any trains or fares for your chosen routes and dates. Please try again or contact our Telesales team on 0345 6000 650

Having read the Swanage Railway link above, It seems as though from further afield you'll need to buy two sets of tickets. One for the SWR Corfe castle train and one for your connecting train.
9  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: SWR special offers on: May 24, 2018, 09:10:25 pm
The 15 singles offer is back (under the SWR banner). Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays until the end of June (travel by 1st July, book the day before minimum). There's a whole raft of other restrictions and the list of eligible stations looks distinctly more limited than before and nonsensical in places (e.g Clapham Junction to Waterloo for 15, no thanks):

Here's also the detail of the Summer Saturdays fares for Weymouth and Corfe Castle mentioned in another thread:

I read it differently. My interpretation is any black station to any red station.

Travelling into London:
From any of the following stations on the South Western Railway network: Weymouth, Upwey, Dorchester South, Moreton, Wool, Wareham, Holton Heath, Hamworthy, Poole, Parkstone, Branksome, Bournemouth, Pokesdown for Boscombe, Christchurch, Hinton Admiral, New Milton, Sway, Romsey, Mottisfont & Dunbridge, Dean, Salisbury, Warminster, Tisbury, Gillingham, Templecombe, Sherborne, Yeovil Pen Mill, Yeovil junction , Castle Cary, Bruton, Frome, Westbury, Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon, Crewkerne to London zones 1-6 stations: Barnes, Barnes Bridge, Berrylands, Brentford, Chessington North, Chessington South, Chiswick, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Ewell West, Feltham, Fulwell, Hampton, Hampton Court, Hampton Wick, Hounslow, Isleworth, Kew Bridge, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Malden Manor, Mortlake, Motspur Park, New Malden, Norbiton, North Sheen, Putney, Queenstown Road, Raynes Park, Richmond, St. Margarets, Stoneleigh, Strawberry Hill, Surbiton, Syon Lane, Teddington, Thames Ditton, Tolworth, Twickenham, Vauxhall, Wandsworth Town, Waterloo, Whitton, Wimbledon, Worcester Park

Also wasn't it 15 return last year?
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: The Coffee Shop forum and the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) on: May 22, 2018, 09:01:29 pm
Not sure what happened to the outgoing emails - a lot got through but it looks like a lot didn't, and as it's "no action required" we're not re-sending.   A couple of folks have emailed to ask for their accounts to be removes, and others have confirmed receipt, so there's quite a lot in both camps.

I too was wondering what happened to my email. I've just found it in my Spam folder.
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where did Phil's latest Madventure take him to? on: May 21, 2018, 09:18:50 pm
Hmm. MAD as in Madrid perhaps? (which Google Photos has kindly sent me a reminder that I was in that city 9 years ago today).
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: Two million page views. A hundred thousand users. The Coffee Shop on: May 20, 2018, 12:00:10 pm
The vast majority of readers are new to this site? Really?
13  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: News from TfL re: Hayes & Harlington Redevelopment on: May 20, 2018, 01:04:56 am
... Never mind the new ticket machines that don't accept cash, don't issue pre-paid tickets, don't top-up Oysters...

Are you sure you can't collect tickets that you've bought online? The GWR website shows Hayes & Harlington by default in the dropdown list of stations to collect your ticket from and the National Rail site acknowledges that the station is run by TFL rail but says that ticket collection is possible. If you can't collect at a ticket machine can the ticket office print it for you? National Rail also bizarrely states that you can not use Oyster Pay as you go at that station Huh

There's certainly appears to be at least one error on that page.

Caught a train from West Drayton on Saturday on my way home. Saw the new TFL ticket machines and took a look. There's a tile on the front screen offering collection of tickets. I would expect these are the same machines that have appeared at Hayes. Incidentally the new machines at West Drayton are inside the ticket hall, I didn't see any outside where they used to be. How do you buy a ticket when the ticket hall is closed?
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Royal Wedding Weekend - What's going to happen? on: May 19, 2018, 08:59:39 am
From my SWR Alerts email
If you are travelling from London, we recommend that you use South Western Railway services from London Waterloo to get to Windsor, rather than services from London Paddington run by Great Western Railway. This is because we will have more trains running towards Windsor and greater capacity to transport our customers, as we will be running four direct, ten carriage trains per hour from London Waterloo to Windsor.

If you hold a Great Western Railway ticket, we will accept it on our services on Saturday 19 May after the Wedding on your return journey. If you hold a Great Western Railway ticket, you will need to travel on their services to the Wedding. If you are travelling from Reading, please catch a train to Slough, where you will be able to connect with a shuttle train to take you to Windsor and Eton Central.
15  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: East Coast rail franchise - ongoing discussion on: May 19, 2018, 08:54:35 am
Announcments / screens that inform you of the real time running of connections (will they / won't they) to other trains and buses

That's a good idea. Are there any apps available that let you plan a journey involving more than one train and then after you have started monitor the status of your connecting train(s) alerting you and possibly re-planning the remainder of your journey?
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