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1  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Okehampton on: October 12, 2021, 07:31:32 pm
What would be the embodiment of a "slow lose" silly future reopening, in your opinion?

Aberystwyth to Carmarthen and The Windsor Link are two that immediately spring to mind.

I was surprised that that didn't come top in the Welsh Government's oddly named Swansea Bay and West Wales "Metro" consultation. Instead the top option was reattaching Aberdare/Hirwaun to the Vale of Neath – spendy, but altogether more useful.
2  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: "Mutiny" on the train on: October 04, 2021, 09:19:49 pm
If they really have that few crew/trains as to end up with two-and-a-half-hour gaps in service, the least disruptive thing would be to plan to cancel the Reading-Paddington legs of some (or even most) Intercity trains and have London passengers transfer to the Relief Lines or the South Western at Reading.

Putting thousands of people on already busy suburban services doesn’t sound like a good idea to me.  Not to mention the fact that a hefty percentage of crews working trains between Reading and Paddington are based at Paddington so they would still have to get to/from there anyway - they might as well do it working a train!
But we're told that London suburban ridership has collapsed and that those trains are running around at about 20% of their pre-pandemic ridership – carrying vast amounts of air in massive long trains that used to be occupied by office workers for very small periods of time (and not at all on Sundays). That's where the slack is, as identified by the real-world version being running commuter units all the way out to Swindon. Using them as a Reading-London shuttle instead would be a much better use of resources that would result in most of the railway running as normal, apart from the extreme eastern end – much better than leaving massive gaps on the Bristol-Swindon segment where there is no corresponding local service (Corsham and Wootton Bassett being lower priorities in the Civil Service mindset than Iver and Hanwell). And that sort of thing would get better once the Elizabeth Line opens properly: Intercity destinations to central London destinations would still be a single change whether at Paddington or Reading.
3  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: "Mutiny" on the train on: October 04, 2021, 07:01:47 pm
If they really have that few crew/trains as to end up with two-and-a-half-hour gaps in service, the least disruptive thing would be to plan to cancel the Reading-Paddington legs of some (or even most) Intercity trains and have London passengers transfer to the Relief Lines or the South Western at Reading.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: December Timetables on: October 04, 2021, 03:18:03 pm
1L38, the last eastbound from Swansea on weekdays at an already miserably early 2122, seems to have disappeared. Not good.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Lorry driver crisis made worse by Covid - Shapps on: September 24, 2021, 07:55:06 pm
There's also a severe shortage in many countries on the continent, including Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Here for instance is a piece about the ongoing problems they are having in Germany:
https://www.transportlogistic.de/de/messe/industry-insights/lkw-fahrermangel/

The elephant in the room as I see it is the Blairite 50% of kids going to university, so that they can be indebted and unemployed as they slowly waste their 20s coming to the conclusion that the graduate jobs they were sold are a myth. We'd do better to reverse that quota – there are parts of the country where far too many kids are going to university, when they should be learning to do proper jobs that serve their communities: LEAs in the Thames Valley in particular should be penalised for producing inadequate numbers of people going on to practical and technical jobs.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Named Trains on: September 24, 2021, 11:40:29 am
There are others in the NRTT. For instance in table 125, you'll see that the 1048 from Paddington has a note reading "The Saint David. (dining symbol) to Cardiff Central (trolley symbol) from Cardiff Central".
7  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: The end of an era - or at least a gas holder on: September 10, 2021, 01:11:58 pm
Unusual name for the bar/restaurant – named after a book of the Apocrypha.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Research on how people expect to travel in the future on: September 07, 2021, 10:55:47 pm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57339105

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The five-day office week could become the norm again within two years, the Centre for Cities think tank has told the BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page).

A blend of home and office work is expected to be popular while the UK (United Kingdom) recovers from the pandemic.

But some analysts then anticipate a shift back to pre-Covid working patterns for many.

Shows how varied opinions are ... expectation from a GWR (Great Western Railway) presentation last week is that an average full time working person in an office will drop from 4.4 round trips between home to 2.26 (I think that was the figure) for the future.
In my personal case it'll reduce to about a round trip every four months. Vastly outweighed by leisure travel on a personal level. Really quite weird in retrospect that a year and a half ago I couldn't imagine anything other than going into an office five days a week.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Return of restrictions next month? on: September 07, 2021, 10:52:41 pm
My thoughts are to close infernal state schools permanently. They do little to no educational good. Provide some online lectures. Let kids learn soft skills by playing in smaller groups in nearby woods and on nearby mountains. If we have a public health reason to save council tax like this, then all the better.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Railway: on-board catering, buffets, Travelling Chef, Pullman - ongoing discussion on: September 03, 2021, 11:00:57 pm
Does anyone know if Wine Wednesday's going to return now that things are almost normal? One of those things that used to make First Class nice.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Problems with IET trains from April 2021 on: August 25, 2021, 12:58:23 pm
There seem to be an unusually high number of short formations today – could this be due to the coupling issue?
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Scotrail cuts 300 services post Covid on: August 22, 2021, 06:14:08 pm
Either use the link I gave earlier, or go to the Detailed Assessment section direct.
It's remarkable that their Detailed Assessment mentions the appalling loadings on the North Clyde Electrics east of Airdrie, but this hasn't been met with a corresponding reduction in service levels. In general, rather too much of this is tinkering around the edges with rural and intercity services, whilst failing to address the state of the commuter lines, where there have been lasting changes to patterns of demand.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: August 21, 2021, 09:54:08 pm
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And the ongoing staff shortage, and if any firm plans exist to rectify this.

Looking at the SWR» (South Western Railway - about) and Scotrail threads the DFT (Department for Transport) plan to solve the problem by cutting the service.
At least SWR cut services with some redundancy. It would be reasonable for GWR (Great Western Railway) to cancel the Ealing-Greenford branch (use London Buses) and the Slough-Windsor Branch (use SWR and change at Staines for Reading). Instead we get widespread disruption, but a perfect service on those two Beeching-dodging branch lines. If there's any shortage in staff, those two branches should be the first things to go.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: August 21, 2021, 10:28:59 am
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19:26 Swansea to London Paddington due 22:15
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20:22 Swansea to Bristol Parkway due 21:50
That's particularly stunning. Not only cancelling the last train of the night, but the one before it as well for good measure.
15  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Bristol to Birmingham Corridor Strategic Rail Study - June 21 on: August 20, 2021, 09:28:00 pm
Surprised that slow crawl stopping just outside Bournville, Selly Oak, and the rest of those lovely stations on the way into Birmingham isn't considered to be a capacity constraint. That bit looks ripe for four-tracking too.
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