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241  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Where does my time go - 24 minutes moving but 68 minute journey on: March 24, 2019, 02:57:42 pm
The 91 and 85 leave within 5 mins of each other from Newquay yet the majority of passengers go for the 91 for speed.

..and both say Newquay on the front - none of this Ealing Broadway, Radley or Cholsey nonsense....

Do not make the mistake of taking the no. 46 bus to Paddington from King's Cross (56 minutes) - wait for the 205 (26 minutes)!

The weird thing is that the 210 makes the mirror image to the 46's hairpin turn a little further north in Hampstead. It's as if someone's perversely mismatched the route segments.
242  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Where does my time go - 24 minutes moving but 68 minute journey on: March 24, 2019, 11:03:54 am
I imagine less than half one's time actually being on the move is pretty typical. For instance, here's my journey into work:

Raw data:
Walking from my house to the station   13
Waiting for the train   5
On a moving train   40
Intermediate stops   3
Changing trains   4
Walking from the station to my office   8
Being early for work/desk breakfast   24
(for a total of 97 minutes)

Interestingly, Google predicts enough traffic to think that driving from my house to my office would take 75 minutes to get there for my start time (going up to 85 on the way back). So once one adds in finding a street just far enough out of town not to cost some extortionate daily rate in parking, then walking back in, driving would be a very slow and not very practical option. (But when having a nice commute by train is a factor in where one lives and works, this was probably going to be an inevitable consequence.)

As for improving bus journey times, I don't know Bath well at all, but if it's anything like Cardiff, the key issues will be bottlenecks on the outskirts of the city centre. For instance, Cardiff Council could improve bus journey times no end by banning cars from all of the bridges over the Taff except the A4232 and the M4 (and any council that tried this would immediately lose the next election).

The other thing that makes buses really unattractive is the way that so many British cities have radial routes that get into the centre and terminate, rather than continuing out the other side. This gets particularly ridiculous when one throws in pedestrian zones, so that buses will tend to terminate from both sides on the near side of the centre (forcing a long walk to interchange) or on silly one-way loops with a massive layover half-way round (a recipe for circuitous and slow journeys – I don't know why bus companies don't understand the basic point that most passengers do not want to travel in circles).
243  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: An Inspector Calls on: March 24, 2019, 08:32:45 am
Looking at the court listings for Newcastle-upon-Tyne Crown Court for 6 February suggests it may be this case:

06-02-2019   Newcastle-upon-Tyne   9   T20170858
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Details:   For Sentence - Case Started - 10:52
For Sentence - Case adjourned until 11:15 - 11:08
For Sentence - Resume - 11:29
For Sentence - Case adjourned until 14:00 - 12:59
For Sentence - Resume - 14:08
244  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: My final ride on a full length HST? on: March 22, 2019, 06:25:36 pm
I keep thinking that it must be my last HST (High Speed Train) ride, but we got one on the 1648 back from Cardiff again tonight. Unfortunately, the 1548 was cancelled; so I got the classic shot of why HSTs are the best trains on the network:
245  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: My final ride on a full length HST? on: March 21, 2019, 05:04:15 pm
OK ... I started this thread a couple of days ago thinking I had had my final GWR (Great Western Railway) HST (High Speed Train) ride ... guess what turns up today:

I too am pleased to be wrong, to have found the buffet car on leaving Cardiff, and to be able to relax with my beer on my Thursday evening journey home.
246  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Whwn a passenger makes a genuine mistake... on: March 21, 2019, 12:08:15 pm
The tearful young woman who came in with a Birmingham to Bicester ticket (who was probably misunderstood by the person at Brum who she asked which was the train to Bicester);

Quite possibly related to the tearful young lady I once witnessed being lent the guard's mobile phone on a Virgin West Coast Pendolino, back in the days when Virgin also had Cross Country. New Street had been having one of its "this is a platform alteration" days, and the Euston train ended up on the platform the Southampton one was previously meant to be on. So this lady with her ticket to Leamington Spa ended up on the right coloured train, which then stopped at International and Coventry as expected. Unfortunately, she then discovered that the next stop was Watford Junction.
247  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: My final ride on a full length HST? on: March 20, 2019, 07:58:15 am
Probably already had mine on the 1648 back from Cardiff (1445 ex Pad) last Wednesday (13 March):
248  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: Network Rail launches sale of Cardiff Valley Lines on: March 20, 2019, 07:50:50 am
This gets more complex.

Or maybe Cllr Skates is just grandstanding.
249  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: Trains full into Cardiff this morning - wonder how it will be on way home on: March 17, 2019, 08:46:05 pm
The underlying problem is that the section 106 conditions for building that stadium were woefully insufficient.
250  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Westbury Station Car Park extension on: March 16, 2019, 07:40:32 am

Just one pedantic point, which always annoys me, 23:59pm?

Also incredibly unhelpful, seeing as the last train back from Bristol arrives at 0008.
251  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: New direct hourly trains - Cannock and Walsall to London on: March 13, 2019, 07:23:16 pm
From the Express and Star

A new train service will take passengers direct from Walsall to London as part of a raft of timetable changes in the West Midlands.

Starting at Rugeley Trent Valley, the train will depart hourly and mean people travelling to the capital from Walsall, Cannock or Hednesford will no longer have to change in Birmingham.

And a reduced waiting time on the West Coast Mainline at Northampton will mean anybody travelling from the West Midlands to London will see their journey times reduced.

So what this really is is daisy-chaining a semi-fast Rugeley-Birmingham service, a semi-fast Birmingham-Northampton, and a semi-fast Northampton-London.

Are there places in the GWR (Great Western Railway) area from where a regular direct London service would make sense, or do we already all of those that are realistic?

I don't see the same scope for daisy-chaining-style through services, mainly because the non-InterCity services between the edge of Network SouthEast and Bristol were so comprehensively killed off.

But I'd offer Severn Tunnel Junction and Pontyclun as two ORCATS (Operational Research Computerised Allocation of Tickets to Services) raids waiting to happen, if GWR were ever so inclined.
252  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Reservations on: March 13, 2019, 07:48:40 am
A "survival of the fittest" approach where those who move fastest & have the sharpest elbows have the best chance of a seat would most likely have much worse outcomes......fancy being the TM(resolve) who has to sort that out? Or perhaps you'd like to take your chance & stand from Plymouth to Paddington one Sunday afternoon?

It's precisely the long journeys that are disadvantaged by reservations. It's even worse on Cross Country (no thanks to those Voyagers managing in four cars the same seating capacity as a three-car 175). You can stand from Plymouth to York because of people getting unnecessary online reservations for a random scatter of miscellaneous 20-minute journeys. To a lesser extent, we get it on the London trains with reservations for journeys wholly within England on the Welsh trains and reservations wholly east of Cogload Junction on the South West ones.
253  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Reservations on: March 12, 2019, 06:51:44 pm
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.
Then Broadgage comes back from the buffet Wink
Doesn't Broadgage have an overcoat to leave on his seat?
254  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Reservations on: March 12, 2019, 01:31:28 pm
More generally on reservations. When booking a ticket online for an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket( i.e. not dedicated to a specific train) it offers a reservation usually. This results in seats apparently reserved but not occupied if the passenger (customer) travels on a different train. Eventually if its full, the seats get taken, but it's not ideal. Can't think of a simple way round this.

Stop offering reservations online, except for customers with disabled or senior railcards. They are in general an unmitigated pain. Make those who want them for the sake of causing smarmy confrontations go to a railway station and queue up.
255  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Bus Passenger Survey launch event - Bristol, 14 March on: March 06, 2019, 09:29:15 pm
on Thursday 14 March.

Do they assume that bus passengers are all retired and don't have jobs to go to during the week?

There are Civil servants/Local Government involved. They don't do fact anytime after 4pm is unlikely, especially on a Friday! 🙂

Not my particular sector, but I quite enjoy my odd Saturday at time and a half or a Sunday at double time. I'd expected that such dedication would have extended to those spending our money too...
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