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1  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Reservations on: March 13, 2019, 05:05:17 pm
Since the IET shows the current and next reservation you would see (in your example) that the next reservation was from Swindon and find a different seat.
2  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Delay Repay 15 comes in on GWR on 1st April 2019 on: March 13, 2019, 04:59:22 pm
What he said! Would work for Advances on any type of ticket/smartcard, but I don't think it's being thought through very well otherwise

Even on advances it would not work if the passenger had bought the ticket over the counter and the TOC would only know that it had sold the ticket, not that the passenger had travelled on the train.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Delay Repay 15 comes in on GWR on 1st April 2019 on: March 12, 2019, 07:52:06 pm
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“All train companies should offer Delay Repay 15 and make compensation automatic for all passengers so they no longer have to jump through hoops to get what they are owed.”

How does he propose to identify the passengers on that service for an automatic payment?
4  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Reservations on: March 12, 2019, 02:23:52 pm
I tend to book a seat on my up train to London as I know which train I plan to catch.  I may miss it though if there are delays getting to the station.

In my experience of paper reservations the normal reaction to an empty reserved seat is to check the originating station and, if it has been passed, use the seat.  The same principle can apply to the electronic signs in the IETs.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Thefts and losses on GWR trains last year on: March 12, 2019, 12:49:03 pm
Watching their twitter feed, it is amazing what people do leave behind on trains.....if you are travelling with a suitcase, how *do* you forget that?

A suitcase is nothing I have just read a story in the Guardian that an air passenger realised, after take off, that she had left her baby in the terminal.

 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/12/saudi-plane-turns-around-mother-forgets-baby-airport
6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: New Station for Shepton Mallet? on: March 05, 2019, 10:54:52 pm
Red Squirrel's suggestion will need to tunnel out of Bristol to Whitchurch due to all the developments on the trackbed.  It would also be necessary to include reversing time at Radstock when switching from the North Somerset to the S&D.

Whilst freely acknowledging that this is crayonism, I feel the need to point out that the bulk of the B&NS route out of Bristol is very much not built on - the 2.25km section running parallel to Sturminster Road, between West Town Lane and Staunton Lane, is clear; further in it would be possible to sidestep the development at Hither Bath Bridge (where the embankment has been removed) and there is also a fairly clear route along the old alignment, or close to it, from Brislington to, er, North Somerset Jct. The housing development on the trackbed at Whitchurch would be more problematic, but I would suggest that here a bulldozer would probably fit the bill better than a TBM.

As to Norton Radstock; I am suggesting a curve (and new station) near the BANES offices at Somerville Road/Radstock Road, rather than a reversal.

Crayons back in box.

I agree that there are available sections, however the Northern start is now blocked by Avon Meads, the A4320 and a Sainsburys.  You then have the edge of a Tesco before the relatively clear section.

You could connect the lines through the BANES location.
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: New Station for Shepton Mallet? on: March 05, 2019, 06:04:06 pm
This looks to me like the ultimate crayonista's dream.

Grahame's 'solution' of a line from Flax Bourton to Cheddar requires extensive tunnelling, a funicular or taking over the Cheddar Gorge.  Last Wednesday I ascended the S face of the Mendips there and it is STEEP.  There is lost trackbed through to Shepton.  I do not know how much trackbed has been lost from the S&D to Poole.

Red Squirrel's suggestion will need to tunnel out of Bristol to Whitchurch due to all the developments on the trackbed.  It would also be necessary to include reversing time at Radstock when switching from the North Somerset to the S&D.

Do not forget the time it is taking to reopen the Portishead line which has an existing trackbed, much of which is used for freight.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: Timetable and other upcoming changes - overview (from GWR) last Monday on: March 04, 2019, 10:28:45 am
Any hope for getting Swansea up to 2tph in the pm peak? The current situation with short turns at Cardiff arriving at 1622 and 1723, where they'd be just about to be getting very busy indeed if they continued west, is absolutely ridiculous. That it currently goes up to 2tph after the pm peak is even more mad.

The 16:22 goes back to London at 16:56 then forms the 19:30 to Weston-super-mare.

But Bristol's getting an extra 2tph out of thin air (including stops at Bristol Parkway that are not being compensated for by taking them out of the South Wales services, so that Oxford-Cardiff passengers can get seats at Didcot) – surely one of those super-expresses could continue to Weston instead? There seems to be very uneven treatment going on here – Bristol and South Wales services have been pretty much equal for as long as I can remember, and now they're being massively slanted towards Bristol – is the person who came up with this from somewhere on the north side of Bristol, one wonders...

When these trains were first mentioned they were going into the old Brunel shed and would be 801s.  I suspect that after all the changes (no electrification and no trains in the Brunel shed) no-one has rethought the requirements.
I agree that it would be nice if one of these could run from Weston.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Paddington to Heathrow (& back) via Tfl Rail on: March 03, 2019, 10:32:21 am
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Is it any wonder that overseas visitor sometimes have trouble working out our systems, and we have trouble understanding how theirs work - in each case with penalty notices and warnings displayed to leave no doubt that you'll be in big trouble if you break the rules that you're not actually familiar with!


We have had a similar problem at an unmanned Brussels suburban station in the evening.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: GWR - Rail Business of the Year on: February 28, 2019, 10:54:09 pm
I actively ignored them.  I saw little point in trying to build a business while the fundamentals were undergoing significant change and disruption.  It would have been far better to run a campaign now when the dust is settling.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Three new Rover tickets in GWR/SWR area. Great West Way Discoverer. on: February 28, 2019, 05:14:50 pm
and is the Falcon (Bristol - Plymouth) bus service run by First West of England?

No, Stagecoach.
and to Grahame

Thanks for the correction.
12  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Three new Rover tickets in GWR/SWR area. Great West Way Discoverer. on: February 28, 2019, 09:31:56 am
A couple of typos:

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and is the Falcon (Bristol - Plymouth) bus service run by First West of England?
13  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: February / March 2019 engineering closures on: February 24, 2019, 11:13:48 pm
I have just checked the OS map.  Whiteball tunnel has over 100 ft of overburden.  That would be quite some cutting if opened out.
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: New access point / service - what would my catchment be? on: February 23, 2019, 05:28:37 pm
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NHS used to use Euclidean to estimate nearest GP surgery, did imply a lot of patients swimming the Thames to see the doctor.

Living inland from Weston s Mare I am always amused when web sites tell me that the nearest X is in Cardiff or Penarth.
15  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Rhubarb! on: February 13, 2019, 10:38:57 pm
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Another thing which struck me as odd was that it called at Lawrence Hill but not Stapleton Rd. It was a remarkably well-used train for a Parly!

Is that the train between Filton Abbey Wood and Bath that carries the MOD workers who were relocated from Bath?
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