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1  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2020 to 2045 / Re: General election - policies on Transport - what should we look or ask for? on: November 29, 2019, 10:38:56 pm
North Somerset - Conservative, strong majority

That's an interesting one, grahame.

In terms of the current MP, Dr Liam Fox: he is indeed in a secure seat.

However, in our recent local council elections, the Conservatives were absolutely annihilated - the deputy leader even lost his seat (to spend more time with his helicopters, perhaps) and there is not one Conservative on the new executive.  Roll Eyes

The impetus to restore the Portishead branch line to passenger service must be maintained, however.  Lips sealed

2  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / MOVED: "terrorist incident" near London bridge, 29/11/2019. on: November 29, 2019, 10:15:24 pm
This topic has been moved to Transport for London.

http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=22513.0
3  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Man arrested over anti-Semitic abuse on Tube - 22 November 2019 on: November 24, 2019, 01:54:51 am
From the BBC:

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Man arrested over anti-Semitic abuse on Tube

A man has been arrested after a video of a Tube passenger directing "horrific" abuse at Jewish children was released.

The clip showed a man reading anti-Semitic Bible passages to two boys in skullcaps.

British Transport Police launched an appeal over the footage, recorded by a commuter on the London Underground.

The force said it had arrested a man in Birmingham on suspicion of a racially aggravated offence.

A woman, who was widely praised after she was seen confronting the man in the video, has said she "wouldn't hesitate to do it again".

Asma Shuweikh, from London, said she wished more people had intervened when the man started being aggressive towards other passengers on the Northern Line service.

Recalling the altercation on Friday, she said if "everyone did, I do not think it would have escalated in the way that it did."

"Being a mother of two, I know what it's like to be in that situation and I would want someone to help if I was in that situation," she said.

Ms Shuweikh said the response to her actions on social media had been "heart-warming".

"I can't take all the credit because a lot of other people were involved. I would not hesitate to do it again," she said.

Commuter Chris Atkins recorded the altercation before moving to swap seats with the young boy next to the man.

"It was the children that really got me and everyone else, he was just screaming at these children. It was horrific in every sense," he said.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: 'We're not moving' - when reserving a train seat goes wrong on: October 28, 2019, 12:24:39 am
Unfortunately, the selfish couple apparently chose to fuzz their faces:



Where was the train manager?  Roll Eyes

5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Red Squirrel 12/8/2019 on: August 18, 2019, 01:44:34 am
Daughters ... luggage and personal belongings awareness ... no idea ...  Roll Eyes

I do sympathize.  Grin
6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Sunny Seaside Specials ( 2 of 3 ) on: August 18, 2019, 01:12:01 am
11.  Taunton. 

Worth a shout.  Roll Eyes
7  All across the Great Western territory / Meet the Manager / Re: Meet the Managing Director - 5th August 2019 on: August 04, 2019, 11:59:36 pm
Another update from me:

I had to select just a few questions from a very wide range of subjects, and from many members of the Coffee Shop forum, so please do not be offended if your particular question(s) were not chosen to be put to Mark himself in our live one hour session.

The questions which I have selected were chosen to cover a variety of subjects, and from no more than one question from any one member, to be as fair as possible.

Also to be as fair as possible, I sent a copy of those six questions to Mark's team at Great Western Railway a few days ago, so that he could be prepared to answer each of them.  Mark's initial answer may therefore be rehearsed, but after that, he will be out here, live on the Coffee Shop forum, answering your own reply posts!

8  All across the Great Western territory / Meet the Manager / Re: Meet the Managing Director - 5th August 2019 on: July 30, 2019, 12:58:34 am
May I offer all of you my thanks for submitting your proposed questions to the Managing Director of Great Western Railway.  Wink

I have been sent many questions, so I have been unable to answer or acknowledge every 'personal message' - but they have all been received, read and understood!

Realistically, only some of them can be posed to Mark Hopwood himself, in our one hour session.  Those other questions will be posted in relevant boards and topics on the Coffee Shop forum, and we will encourage GWR staff members with more detailed local knowledge to answer them.

We on the Coffee Shop forum clearly have contacts in high places.  Wink Roll Eyes Lips sealed
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Red Squirrel on and off the rails on: July 21, 2019, 12:31:59 am
Taunton.





Well, it's worth a shout - for me, anyway, with my track record.  Roll Eyes Shocked Grin
10  All across the Great Western territory / Meet the Manager / Re: Meet the Managing Director - 5th August 2019 on: July 20, 2019, 11:52:45 pm
Thank you for your update here, grahame. Wink

Yes, I have indeed been sent a lot of questions, which our members on the Coffee Shop forum would like to ask Mark Hopwood.

They are all very valid questions, to be fair - but we also have to be fair to Mark, who can only reasonably be expected to deal with a certain number of subjects, during our one hour live session.  Grin

I am therefore drawing up a set of six questions, on a variety of topics, which my colleague Red Squirrel will feed into the live discussion at ten minute intervals.

Those other questions, though, will not be forgotten.  We will post them elsewhere on the Coffee Shop forum - for example, on the board relating to that particular branch line, where local GWR staff will probably have a much more detailed knowledge of the situation than Mark could reasonably be expected to have.  In such cases, may I encourage our GWR staff members on the Coffee Shop to reply appropriately - following the excellent example of your own Managing Director!  Wink

Thanks, Chris from Nailsea.  Wink
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where did Finn and I stop for lunch today, 18th July 2019? on: July 18, 2019, 11:25:50 pm
Losing my passenger side wing mirror in the process. A partially fallen wooden fence post hidden by greenery took out the mirror.

Been there: done that.  Roll Eyes

With barges crossing the aquaduct ...

It's an aqueduct, and they are narrowboats, not barges.  Grin

12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: July 10, 2019, 02:09:54 am
Whoah, broadgage!  I'm dealing with it!  Roll Eyes Wink Grin

13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: July 10, 2019, 12:53:36 am
Another good question for Mark Hopwood to answer when he does his live chat on here, Broadgage?

I do hope the questions are being forwarded to Chris from Nailsea

Yes they are, thank you - I'm already dealing with a tsunami effect in my personal messages!  Shocked Roll Eyes Grin

Obviously we will need to distil all of those questions down into six topics which even Mark Hopwood can reasonably be expected to deal with, in our one hour session.  Wink



14  Journey by Journey / London to South Wales / Re: Two rail workers killed in collision with train, near Port Talbot - Wed 3 July 2019 on: July 10, 2019, 12:39:09 am
Overwhelmingly, a sad day and I very much hope we can learn lessons quickly. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased and their Network Rail colleagues.

Thank you for posting your personal comments here, Mark. Sad

15  Journey by Journey / London to South Wales / Re: Two rail workers killed in collision with train, near Port Talbot - Wed 3 July 2019 on: July 04, 2019, 09:30:16 pm
Thank you for posting that very constructive and detailed update, Hafren.

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