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1  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Walking distance between platforms. on: August 14, 2022, 06:39:49 pm
Research ...

1. What is the MAXIMUM walking distance between platforms at the SAME station (main network and  or underground) - now or historic.  And, yes, provide plenty of examples; I am not looking for an absolute record



If SAME station means those named the same but in different locations, then I posted about Canary Wharf here a couple of months ago, when my walk from the Elizabeth line station of that name to the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) station of that name took 40 minutes, due to complete lack of useful signage and not very helpful information from those who I asked. I suspect the actual distance is well over a quarter of a mile, maybe nearly half a mile, but no direct route or anything remotely like it between the two, so probably at least 10 minutes to walk (though the one person who offered an opinion on this told me it would take 3 minutes, which I'm sure could not be the case).

Google Maps suggests a walking time of 6-7 minutes (Although that is probably entrance to entrance).
https://goo.gl/maps/32oAXuvmA6AvPAXH9
2  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: How bad will good be? on: August 14, 2022, 06:06:42 pm

I hope The Times is right. Unfortunately I can't read all of that article because of the paywall. A Google search shows that the Mail and the Express are speculating a 12% increase.
My computer fan has just gone in to overdrive trying to cope with all the ads and other rubbish on the Mail website!
3  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Walking distance between platforms. on: August 14, 2022, 01:23:16 pm
The various bits of Stratford (London) station generally, newcomers are worst afflicted as they're likely to have to retrace their steps several times while they get the hang of the station.

It is a horrible layout. I often have to retrace my steps. Good luck finding the well hidden unsignposted toilets.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: GWR line closures this Sunday on: August 14, 2022, 01:18:39 pm
Amazingly low number of staff shortage cancellations though, given it's a Sunday in the height of BBQ season.......no doubt the overtime comes in handy to offset the pay lost on strike days!

They probably don't want to take the blame if their BBQs start wild fires!
5  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Railway bridges struck by road vehicles - merged topic, ongoing discussion on: August 10, 2022, 08:11:21 pm
From my South Western Railway email alerts here are a selection of recent messages:

On 2/8/22
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We have been informed that a road vehicle has struck a bridge between Clandon and London Road (Guildford). Staff are en-route to examine the bridge. In the meantime, trains will remain at stand. 

We're sorry but we expect there may be cancellations, delays or alterations to services until 14:00.


On 3/8/22
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We have been informed of a safety inspection of the track between Clandon and Guildford. This means that the line towards Guildford is currently blocked.

Until further notice, trains between London Waterloo and Guildford via Cobham will be terminated at/started from Effingham Junction. Trains from London Waterloo to Guildford via Leatherhead will be diverted via Woking.

We have requested rail replacement buses to run between Guildford and Leatherhead and these will be in place from 17:30.

On 8/8/22
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We have been informed that a road vehicle has struck a bridge between London Road Guildford and Clandon. Staff are en-route to examine the bridge. In the meantime, trains will be unable to pass between these stations.

On 10/8/22
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We have been informed that a road vehicle has struck a bridge between Clandon and Guildford. Staff are en-route to examine the bridge. In the meantime, trains are unable to run over the bridge so may be diverted or delayed.

Ok, so the alert on 3rd August may not relate to a bridge strike but do all the others this month relate to the same bridge? What is happening in this area?

Searching all my emails dating back to 2017 I see no other alerts for a bridge strike in that area.

6  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Rogue Ticket Gates on: August 05, 2022, 08:01:47 pm
I went towards the end of December 2020 to renew my Annual Travelcard on an Oyster (Smartcard system used by passengers on Transport for London services) at a London Victoria. They said they couldn’t do it anymore and to try somewhere else. I tried various mainline stations who all said they couldn’t do it. Then Thameslink at Kings Cross were able to do it, problem solved.

Fast forward to 2021 and it turns out Thameslink can’t do it now either. I spoke to the bloke at the ticket office who said it had been removed during the year. He said he thought the only way to do it now was online. I spoke to TFL (Transport for London) staff at a station who confirmed this was the case. I asked about doing it online and the Gold record card. They said it would probably be posted to me and take a while. That didn’t help with my rail journey the next day. So I went back to the Thameslink ticket office and bought a paper one there. The machine printing it mangled the first paper ticket and then the second as well.

Third time lucky, but something still wasn’t right and it had issues after the first day of use. Second day of use it stopped working altogether. As a result I am no longer bothering with using it in the barriers. I just ask a member of staff at the gateline to let me through. I’ve now heard various opinions about the person who closed the Underground ticket offices from lots of TFL and national rail staff.

When my annual paper ticket expired 3 years ago, I upgraded to an annual ticket on a smartcard. The gold record card arrives in the post from SWR» (South Western Railway - about) about a week later. However the smartcard became faulty a few months ago and needed to be replaced. That's my fault though because I like to keep it in my back pocket. It's more rigid than a paper ticket and the contactless loop must have got damaged.
Still, it lasted longer than the paper ones which needed replacing due to faults every few months.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Rogue Ticket Gates on: August 04, 2022, 07:52:44 pm
Yes, it's happened to me too at Paddington. Would have been at least 10 years ago. Put ticket in, ticket comes out other end but straight away the ticket was pulled back in before I had a chance to grab it. A crunching sort of sound followed then the ticket came back out. The gate did not open and the ticket did not work again. Had to get a replacement from the ticket office.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Railway: on-board catering, buffets, Travelling Chef, Pullman - ongoing discussion on: July 29, 2022, 08:19:04 pm
It isn't just GWR (Great Western Railway) - I recently survived a 4-hour flight to Cyprus without catering of any kind. It was worse on the way home - they had some, but far from good. In fact, not even edible. Refund, apology, free drink followed.

I recently used easyJet Holidays for a weeks break in Crete and they were advising in advance that they may not be able to provide hot food in flight. So our solution was sandwiches at Boots Gatwick (There was a massive queue to get into Wetherspoons) & a steak and chips meal at our resort before the flight home.

Crisps, snacks & coffee were available plus obviously the Duty Free trolley which I have absolutely no interest in.

9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: ASLEF vote to strike on: July 29, 2022, 08:07:46 pm
This may be a forum primarily concerned with GWR (Great Western Railway) services but I thought it might be helpful to mention that not all rail operators are affected by strike action. SWR» (South Western Railway - about) are expecting to run a normal service.

From National Rail
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The operators affected by the ASLEF» (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen - about) industrial action on 30 July are Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway, Heathrow Express, Hull Trains, LNER» (London North Eastern Railway - about), London Northwestern Railway, London Overground, Southeastern, Stansted Express and West Midlands Railway. The rail industry has introduced a temporary timetable for Saturday and there may be some amendments to the service on Sunday morning.

From SWR on Twitter
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Our drivers will not be involved in the ASLEF strike tomorrow Saturday 30 July.

However, some other train company drivers will be, meaning some connections on our network will be severely affected, or may not run at all.

Please check before you travel http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
9:44 AM · Jul 29, 2022

But CrossCountry are more worried...

https://www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk/disruption
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We are expecting severe disruption on Saturday 30 July, you are advised to only travel if your journey is essential. If you do need to travel, please allow extra time for your journey and check before you travel.
Industrial action has been announced by the Aslef union on Saturday 30 July affecting other operators, if you have a connecting ticket on to London Overground, Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway, Hull Trains, LNER, Southeastern, West Midlands Railway or London Northwestern Railway, you are advised to check their website for full details on how to complete your journey.
No CrossCountry services will be calling at University station on 30 July.
If you have an Advance, Off Peak or Anytime ticket booked for Wednesday 27 July or Saturday 30 July you can use this on Tuesday 26 July or any date up to and including Tuesday 2 August, on any reasonable route without having to amend your ticket.
You can also amend your ticket to an alternative travel date after Tuesday 2 August.  If you booked through CrossCountry you can amend your ticket free of charge in the 'My Account' section of our website.  All other customers are advised to contact their ticket retailer.
Further dates for industrial action have been announced for Saturday 13 August, Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 August, please continue to check our website for updates.
10  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Re: Crossrail - a new railway for London on: July 27, 2022, 09:53:12 pm
Crossrail's fake destinations

Another non-story on local news media. Ealing Broadway is hardly a "fake destination" as Crossrail trains do stop there. And the same helpful "trick" was used pre-Lockdown by FGW (First Great Western) stopping services with the destination boards at Reading suggesting that  Ealing Broadway was the terminus. It probably still is -I've gone no further east than Maidenhead for 30 months.

FGW / GWR (Great Western Railway) and probably Thames Trains also used to advertise stopping trains from Paddington to Reading as terminating at Twyford. No idea if TfL» (Transport for London - about) still do that.

Well I suppose it makes a change from these "journalists" visiting pubs and restaurants and writing "You won't believe how awesome my meal was"
11  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Railway bridges struck by road vehicles - merged topic, ongoing discussion on: July 18, 2022, 09:27:30 pm
https://www.wiltshirelive.co.uk/news/wiltshire-news/a36-lorry-crash-live-wilton-7346662

That bridge in Wilton again today. That's at least the third time this year that it has been hit.

Ah, it takes a lot of scrolling down to understand what hit the bridge (Clue - It wasn't the tanker). I had been scratching my head trying to work out how the tanker in the first photo could have been too tall to do that, so assumed it must have been a side strike.
12  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Re: Crossrail - a new railway for London on: June 26, 2022, 07:04:48 pm
Paddington is kind of an exception to this if connecting to/from the Bakerloo as you actually want to be in the middle.

I used to find that there was a better chance of a seat in the rear carriage(s) on southbound Bakerloo line trains at Paddington.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: A surfeit of old men? on: June 12, 2022, 11:52:17 pm
I have received an almost identical email from SWR» (South Western Railway - about). I haven't responded.

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Dear David,

We’d like to invite you to take part in our new digital research community group relating to your experiences when booking train travel online or with an App. Whilst we understand that you may not have travelled for the past few months due to the current circumstances, we’d still like you to consider joining us to help shape the digital future of South Western Railway.

The aim of the community is to gather feedback, share ideas and shape the plans of not just South Western Railway but other rail networks across the UK (United Kingdom); Great Western Railway, Trans Pennine Express, Avanti West Coast, Hull Trains and Lumo.

As a member of the community, you’ll be invited to take part in online surveys, discussions, and other fun and creative activities every month or so (although you are under no obligation to take part in individual topics).

Once you’re a member of the community, thank you for taking part in the group, you’ll be invited to take part in the monthly quiz for a chance to win a share of £250!

If you’re interested, just click on the link below to take part in a short 3 minute survey to tell us a little bit about yourself and register as a member.

This community is hosted by a third-party research agency called Insites Consulting on behalf of South Western Railway. CLICK HERE TO JOIN.

Thank you in advance for your interest!

South Western Railway
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: The end of coal on: June 07, 2022, 09:06:27 pm
The Talyllyn Railway has shared an update on the different types of "coal" that they have been using recently.
https://youtu.be/KGaP3iCB_XM
15  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Re: Crossrail - a new railway for London on: May 25, 2022, 09:30:42 pm
The Evening Standard have noticed that a contactless journey from Reading to Tottenham Court Road is cheaper if you tap out then in again at Slough.

From London Evening Standard
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A peak time trip from Reading to Tottenham Court Road costs £28.50 for an adult tapping in and out using a contactless card, according to Transport for London’s Fare Finder.

However, a trip from Reading to Slough costs just £5.90 while Slough to Tottenham Court Road costs £11.80.

The loophole exists as prices switch between Transport for London (TfL» (Transport for London - about)) fares and National Rail fares at stations further outside the capital, according to the Telegraph.

This allows commuters to make a saving of £10.80 if they choose to tap in and out at Slough rather than travel directly from Reading.
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