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1  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Shut the railways during summer for engineering work, says former transport secr on: Yesterday at 09:58:02 pm
From The Telegraph, via MSN

Rail lines should be shut for weeks on end during the quieter summer months to perform critical engineering works and upgrades, a former transport secretary has said.

Lord McLoughlin, transport secretary between 2012 and 2016, said that disruption on the railways during Christmas, Easter and other Bank Holidays could then be avoided.

And how would his lordship recommend I get to the beach? Should I wait until Winter? Less chance of sun burn I suppose.

Good time, perhaps, for a review - though I suspect some is done already and more is to come as the balance of rail use moves from commute towards leisure.   Let's speculate ... 12 months, 12 routes and one closure each month which will even it out for the engineering team.   Of course, it would mean 11 of the 12 lines open on 26th December  Grin

1. January
2. February
3. March
4. April
5. May
6. June
7. July
8. August
9. September
10. October
11. November
12. December

And which month would you close each of these for, for a week or two if needed?

A. Severn Tunnel
B. Fast lines Twyford to Reading
C. Newton Abbott to Paignton
D. Thingley Junction to Bradford Junction
E. Cogload Junction to Weston-super-Mare
F. Dorking to Reigate
G. West Ealing to Greenford
H. Oxford to Evesham
I. Stapleton Road to Avonmouth
J. Yeovil Pen Mill to Weymouth
K. Bathampton to Bradford (Junction)
L. St Budeaux to Salt-ash
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Rail Strikes - Truss / Trevelyan / Charles era on: Yesterday at 08:04:54 pm
The new SoS has said that she met the unions to get a handle for herself….norhing I’ve seen about any instruction to TOCs (Train Operating Company) though.

From the BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) -

On Wednesday, Ms Trevelyan told the BBC she wanted unions and train operators to "come together and find something that we can all live with".

She continued "nothing is ever perfect, negotiations are compromises, but what we need is for our customers, our passengers to be at the centre of everyone's decision making."

Since taking up her post last month, the Transport Secretary has met the leaders of the RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers) and Aslef unions. She also told the BBC she would also meet the train companies over the next few weeks.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Network Rail decarbonisation policy on: Yesterday at 05:21:39 pm
I have echoed it here on our mirror too.   Sadly the document is locked so it's not searchable.

I'm not sure about locked - it claims content copying is allowed, but I got that to work on the phoito credits and on nothing else. I presume that the content was prepared as images and there is no text embedded at all, hence nothing to copy or search.

I have got some text out with screen captures and OCR software ... how sad am I?
4  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Serco and the Caledonian Sleeper franchise on: Yesterday at 03:51:11 pm
“We’re a different company so won’t be waiting for Scotrail to get back”.

Bit of a patchy thing to do.  I'll bet they would wait at Rannoch for Scotrail if the 18:23 Glasgow to Mallaig is running a bit late!
5  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2022 - TransWilts cancellations and amendments log on: Yesterday at 03:45:22 pm
15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:58

15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:58 will be starting late from Swindon and is expected to be 7 minutes late.

This is due to the train departing late to maintain customer connections.

I was about to say "what a sensible thing to do today".  The 15:07 arrival at Swindon ofa train to Cardiff was delayed until 15:20, and it would make huge sense for the connection to leave at around 15:23 - usually a sensitive train because it has a tight connection onwards from Westbury, but not today because of the TSSA» (Transport Salaried Staffs' Association - about) Action.

Well - I was about to say, but I didn't.  Because JourneyCheck lieth.  The 15:14 to Westbury departed on time ...
6  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Network Rail decarbonisation policy on: Yesterday at 02:41:43 pm
No doubt this could go on several threads, but here looks a good start. A public-spirited soul - JacobWrenn on railforums - has used FoI to get a copy of Network Rail's "Southern Region Decarbonisation Strategy" (dated August 2022). He's made it available to read on line here, but you can download the PDF from there too.

I have echoed it here on our mirror too.   Sadly the document is locked so it's not searchable.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Private operators ... service and operator futures on: Yesterday at 06:55:11 am
ref the June date,I presume that means June 2023?

It does - the man article linked confirms that.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Private operators ... service and operator futures on: Yesterday at 06:46:15 am
Daily Post

Future of rail services between North Wales and London to be decided next week - with 'all options open'

Avanti are currently operating under Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements (ERMA) which were put in place by the Department for Transport during the pandemic. The current agreement is due to come to an end on October 16. This means a decision on the future of services on the route needs to be made by the end of next week.

UK (United Kingdom) Transport Minister Kevin Foster told MPs (Member of Parliament) that the UK Government is "considering all options" but that no final decision had yet been made. He added that Avanti is currently facing unprecedented challenges and is working to improve services for the benefit of all its passengers.

Avanti's problem stem from its reliance on workers carrying out overtime to run services. The industrial action has seen staff halt overtime which has left the company unable to staff all its routes - forcing it to cut services. The company has said that direct routes to North Wales will restart in December - when new staff complete their training

Edinburgh News

Caledonian Sleeper contract terminated after financial disagreement between operator Serco and Scottish Government

The outsourcing firm’s 15-year franchise until 2030 will be terminated in June, transport minister Jenny Gilruth announced on Wednesday.

She said she had rejected the company’s proposal to “rebase the franchise agreement” because it was not value for money.
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Finn today, 5th October 2022? on: October 05, 2022, 05:40:01 pm
Another tourist/heritage railway ticked off by Finn and I.

What gets them ticked off about you?  Cheesy
10  Journey by Journey / London to South Wales / Re: Open Access Application - London to Cardiff (28/03/2019) on: October 05, 2022, 05:38:15 pm
From RailAdvent -

An application has been made by Grand Union Trains (GUT) for the right to operate a new intercity train service between Carmarthen and London Paddington.

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR» (Office of Rail and Road formerly Office of Rail Regulation - about)) is currently considering the application, which is for five return services each day and includes a commitment to build a new ‘parkway’ station at Felindre, north of Swansea. In February last year, the ORR rejected a proposal by Grand Union to operate a Cardiff to Paddington service.
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Railway History and related topics / Re: On this day 5 October 1999 - a somber day on the Western on: October 05, 2022, 05:19:28 pm
Thank you for bringing us the memory of that dreadful day.

I have added a copy of the main reports to our mirror, where members can read further.

Lord Cullen's report
Part 1 of the Inquiry is concerned with the investigation of the causes of the crash and the circumstances in which it occurred, lessons which should be drawn from what happened, and recommendations for the improvement of safety in the future.
This report relates to Part 2 of the Inquiry which was concerned, in regard to the railways, with the management of safety and the regulatory regime.

And additionally

Lord Cullen’s inquiry report on the Ladbroke Grove rail accident in 1999 recommended the creation of an organisation to independently investigate railway accidents to improve safety. RAIB (Rail Accident Investigation Branch) became operational in October 2005 as the independent body for investigating accidents and incidents on mainline railways, metros, tramways and heritage railways throughout the UK (United Kingdom).
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Rail Strikes - Effects ? on: October 05, 2022, 03:07:36 pm
Given that the licence categories for these diddy-cars are derived from those for mopeds, and linked to those for heavier two- and three-wheelers, what (you may be asking) about electric motorbikes? Logically they must exist, or soon will, if not yet big sellers.

They do, and indeed I looked into them.  Probably just one "toy" too far personally ....
13  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: New PM and Transport Secretary - Liz Truss & Anne-Marie Trevelyan on: October 05, 2022, 02:58:08 pm
90. Thorpe Park

To be clear, Thorpe Park, LEEDS - . According to Wikipedia, Thorpe Park, SURREY has around 600,000 visitors a year, with a maximum capacity of 15,000. 

According to thetrainline
The nearest train station to Thorpe Park is Staines which is about 3 miles away from the theme park. Staines is served by regular South Western Railway services from London Waterloo and Reading.
Thorpe Parks's own website tells us:
From Staines Railway station The 950 Express Bus then operates to THORPE PARK Resort running every 15-20 minutes - details of which can be found in the Bus section below.
And  clicking on the timetable link for that gives
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14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Rail Strikes - Truss / Trevelyan / Charles era on: October 05, 2022, 12:24:09 pm
Hardly any trains today or Saturday ... a few more tomorrow and Friday.  But then no further dates set, am I right on that?   Didn't I read that our new SoS has met the rail union bosses, and also that she has told the TOCs (Train Operating Company) to be a bit more flexible and meet the unions somewhere in the middle?   If so, is that "meet in the middle" properly supported from the DfT» (Department for Transport - about) or an instruction to do something pretty darned impractical?

If things are moving forward, why are we enduring a strike today and continued action for the next three days?  Muscle has already been shown and perhaps it's time for talking?
15  Journey by Journey / London to Swindon and Bristol / Electric train on the 15:32 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads? on: October 05, 2022, 11:15:31 am
15:32 London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads due 17:05

15:32 London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads due 17:05 will be terminated at Swindon.
It will no longer call at Chippenham, Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads.
This is due to industrial action.
Will be formed of 8 coaches. First class not available. Catering is not available.

Due, perhaps, to the electrification running out between Swindon and Chippenham?

and the following train:

16:33 London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads due 18:10

16:33 London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads due 18:10 will be cancelled.
This is due to industrial action.

Last train off Paddington to call at Chippenham shown at the 19:32 as I write

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