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1  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: mTickets and fairness on: Today at 02:15:20 pm
I'm not going to post a poll, tempting though it was.

Should fares be set:

a) For simplicity

b) To reflect the cost of serving the passenger, including the cost of collection of fare
- cost will be higher for cash due to handling time and bus delays caused
- you pay more if you take longer to board / have luggage that occupies more space

c) To reflect what the market will stand
- if people will pay for a guaranteed seat
- advance fares for specific off peak buses
2  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: First to revise services in West Wilts on: Today at 09:30:06 am
I am sorry but the name of the service is immaterial to me.  When I use a transport service I want to go from A to B at a reasonable time, in reasonable comfort at an affordable fare.

Once on it, that's fair enough.  A branding helps significantly with the marketing ... helping you (and others like you) become aware of and be reminded about the service from A to B and encouraging more people to try it.   We have issues in these parts that public transport use is not as great as perhaps it should be, and promotion is welcome!
3  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: FOSBR Quarterly meeting - Friday 20 April 7.15pm, Alma Church Hall BS8 2ES (CFN) on: Today at 08:38:51 am
Probably Bristol Post re-circulating again an old story on a slow news day.

I would agree except ...

1. What a co-incidence it came up the day before the meeting

2. A post from the meeting organiser which starts "Our FOSBR Quarterly meeting is tomorrow with a focus on the Severn Beach Line troubles and "




4  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: FOSBR Quarterly meeting - Friday 20 April 7.15pm, Alma Church Hall BS8 2ES (CFN) on: Today at 08:15:38 am

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A travel pressure group is hosting a public meeting to discuss the frequent delays and cancellations to services on the Severn Beach line.

Not clear to me if

1. This is added to the agenda for this evening

2. This replaces the meeting this evening

3. This is a new meeting

Can someone from Bristol / FoSBR / in the know please follow up?  Thanks!

Partly answering my own question - a post last night from Christina Biggs FOSBR on Facebook makes it clear that this meeting is tonight's ... and it's clearly worded such that discussing frequent delays and cancellations now tops the agenda.

I had planned to go ... now in some doubt; meeting up with friends ahead of time, but I'm not sure that I'll find it worthwhile hanging round for what's being morphed mainly into a protest meeting.

And while I was writing the above .....

Morning I saw this late last night

Looks very much like The Bristol Post are mixing things up again
The topic may well be added to the agenda for tonight but I wouldn't think that it's going to be a whole new meeting at such short notice.

I would agree with you. The post from the meeting organiser on Facebook that shared the article - Christina Biggs FOSBR

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Our FOSBR Quarterly meeting is tomorrow with a focus on the Severn Beach Line troubles and our FOSBR Rail Plan 2018 with short, medium and long-term solutions to improving local rail services. Thank you Bristol Post for publicising this!

Pretty conclusive to me that current woes have taken over as top story.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: FOSBR Quarterly meeting - Friday 20 April 7.15pm, Alma Church Hall BS8 2ES (CFN) on: Today at 07:24:40 am
From The Bristol Post - just appeared in my feed


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Public meeting called to discuss the ‘unreliable’ Severn Beach train service

A travel pressure group is hosting a public meeting to discuss the frequent delays and cancellations to services on the Severn Beach line.

Friends of Suburban Bristol Rail (FOSBR) say it has received a number of complaints about the service, which it fought hard to resurrect more than a decade ago.

Issues appear to have begun last in July after the service – which is controlled by Great Western Rail – received ‘new’ trains which had been recycled from the Thames Valley branch.

It is unclear why the launch of the ‘Turbo Trains’ increase the frequency of delays and cancellations, but FOSBR want to increase pressure on GWR to improve its service.

“We have spoked to Great Western Rail again and again about this problem coming up for over a year now, but nothing has been done,” FOSBR spokesperson, Julie Boston said.

“It is horrendously disruptive for people trying to use the service – people in Bristol trying to get to Severn Beach and the other way round for people trying to get to work or just make travel plans.

Not clear to me if

1. This is added to the agenda for this evening

2. This replaces the meeting this evening

3. This is a new meeting

Can someone from Bristol / FoSBR / in the know please follow up?  Thanks!
6  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Infrastructure enhancements - Wiltshire on: Today at 06:26:43 am
Yes, Dilton Marsh.  The pictures there being purely platform 2.    Platform 1 works pictures to follow.

Here's the platform 1 pictures











7  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Would reducing fares increase passenger numbers by 40%?? on: Today at 06:06:51 am
From Rail Technology Magazine

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Lower prices could lure 40% of non-rail users into trains, study finds

Trains are too expensive, according to those who prefer to travel by other means.

According to a report, ‘Tomorrow’s passengers: understanding how to make rail travel more attractive to infrequent and non-users’, published by Transport Focus, almost 40% of people who never or rarely travel by train argue that the cost is the main reason, closely followed by inconvenience.

Cost was consistently considered the main barrier across a variation of demographics – income, location and disability – and older people and those not working were more likely to consider that the fares are too complicated.

Those with access to a car find it more convenient overall, but also named station parking as a barrier, due to either a lack of space or the cost of parking.

We need to be very careful what the report's saying.  It is NOT saying "lower fares would push passenger numbers up 40%" - indeed, if fares were slashed numbers could go up by much more than that.   I don't know what proportion of the UK population would regard themselves as "rail users" as all the commonly published stats are about journeys made per head of population per annum ... and to get an average of 20 journeys from a sample of of 20 people, you could be looking at everyone making some journeys, or you could be looking at one daily commuter and 19 none-users.

Having exercised due care in looking at the data, and guessing that a third of the population are "train users", the report suggests that 40% of the rest could be lured into trains - that's an 80% increase in passenger numbers.  What proposition of those new users would reach the average 20 journeys per annum is another place I'm guessing, and I also wonder whether the trains (and infrastructure such as car parks) would have enough capacity, how much fares would have to drop to get that uptake, and what the overall balance sheet would look like - would it make economic sense, either for the rail industry or for the wider economy?
8  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Marlborough Branch? on: Today at 05:41:35 am
An update to this story from The Gazette and Herald

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Station plan is derailed by red tape

CAMPAIGNERS believe ‘ridiculous’ barriers are being put in the way of a railway proposal for Marlborough by Wiltshire Council.

Dreams of creating a railway in Marlborough were dealt a blow after the town heard it was at the bottom of a council list of towns likely to have a station built in Wiltshire.

Article continues

The easiest stations to (re-)open, all other things being equal, are going to be those which are on an existing passenger railway and a suitable train is going through the site that could call.  Second are going to be stations on existing passenger lines where there's a question mark over which trains could actually be persuaded to stop there.   Third comes re-openings on lines where there's existing freight traffic but the line's not up to daily passenger standards.   Fourth come lines that have been mothballed, fifth come lines that have been ripped up, sixth come lines that have been ripped up, land disposed of, bridges removed, embankments pulled down and cuttingsfilled in. Bottom of the list - grade seven - are lines where there have never been lines before.

Wiltshire has managed to complete two openings in the last 100 years - Dilton Marsh in 1937, grade 1, and Melksham in 1985, grade 2.    Regrettably, Marlborough, Calne, Amesbury, Malmesbury and Devizes (town rather than Parkway) and all in grade 5 or 6. Not so much "bottom of the council list" I fear, but rather on a different list. The cost of a grade 5 or 6 re-opening would be several orders of magnitude greater than the cost of a grade 1 or grade 2 - and we struggle hard enough, good heavens, for each of those. 

The good news for the Marlboroughites is that pound for pound, they'll probably have to fight less hard than we do for stations on existing lines.  The bad news is that they'll need a hundred times more pounds than would be needed to open a station at - say - Hullavington (Malmesbury Road) and ten times more than would be needed for Ludgershall.

9  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Infrastructure enhancements - Wiltshire on: Today at 05:04:21 am
Wow! Thanks for those pictures, grahame.  Grin

The scale of the work required at Dilton Marsh (for that is where you were, I think Wink ) perhaps gives some idea of the even greater scale of work that would be required to deliver our disabled ramp access to platform 1 at Nailsea & Backwell Station.



Yes, Dilton Marsh.  The pictures there being purely platform 2.    Platform 1 works pictures to follow.
10  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Trimode cl 769 to operate Reading to Oxford and Gatwick. on: Yesterday at 11:21:31 pm
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will be slower than 387 and probably 165

As EMU's the 319's were 100mph units, weren't they?

So, yes a bit slower than a 387, but a bit quicker than a Turbo, although true to say we don't know what their speed will be under diesel power?

Kind of irrelevant on the North Downs anyway, as I don't think there is any linespeed above 70?

Top speed under diesel - two conflicting views - 80mph and 86mph .   Bear in mind that the more important question may be how quickly the trains get up to a decent speed rather than the top speed that ca be reached.
11  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Infrastructure enhancements - Wiltshire on: Yesterday at 09:35:00 pm
Wonderful to see all the pictures from the Bristol area and the Great Western main lines of work being done to modernise and enhance the railway.   At the second most recent station to open in Wiltshire, further work is now underway to substantially lengthen the platforms;  I went out there this evening and this is what's going on with platform 2. Further pictures to follow for platform 1

















12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Amazing what a month can bring ... on: Yesterday at 02:15:34 pm
How long from deep midwinter to hot high summer??

19th March 2018: Due to severe weather between Swindon and Westbury the line towards Melksham is closed.
Train services running through these stations have been suspended. Melksham will not be served.

19th April 2018: Due to a speed restriction because of high track temperatures between Slough and London Paddington trains have to run at reduced speed on some lines towards London Paddington.

Has our railway become a "moderate weather only" service??
13  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: First to revise services in West Wilts on: Yesterday at 11:01:01 am
https://www.facebook.com/events/243890699492014/

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Come along to find out about our new discover network of buses for Somerset, Bath and Wiltshire with services D1, D2 and D3. Our wheel of fortune has some great prizes and you can find out how services 265, 267, 271 and 272 are changing. More information on services can be found at http://www.firstgroup.com/discover

From that link:

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Welcome to the discover network of bus services, connecting Bath with towns and villages in Wiltshire and Somerset. Along with the new name, we've given each route a new easy-to-remember number; the old 265 becomes the D1, the 267 is now D2 and what used to be the 271 and 272 are now simply D3.

The buses have had a makeover too, with a smart new look on the outside and more modern interiors. We've also equipped them with free WiFi and USB charging points, so you can stay connected on the move.

D1 Bath - Winsley - Bradford-on-Avon - Trowbridge - Westbury - Warminster - Salisbury

D2 Bath - St Martins Hospital - Norton St Philip - Beckington - Frome

D3 Bath - Box - Whitley - Melksham - Bowerhill

Fares

Depending on where you are travelling the Bath & Bristol Outer Zones or West of England tickets will offer you the best value for money. Young people (16-21) and students (of any age if in full time education) can get up to 30% discount on all tickets if they have a First photo ID pass or student photo ID. Children aged 5-15 can get up to 50% discount on all tickets and children under five can travel for free with each fare paying adult/young person/student or concessionary pass holders. 

Link also includs links to timetables



14  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: GWR mobile tickets on: Yesterday at 10:09:00 am
To add from the covering letter

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We have issued the media release below announcing the next stage of our smart mobile ticketing roll out.  This will mean customers will be able to buy tickets on their phone and then use their phone as their ticket on the train.  This will mean customers can buy tickets while en route to the station and never again need to worry about losing their tickets!

Rather confirms that this is a stage ...  also comment made that we need no longer worry about losing tickets - just about having phone batteries run out or phones being stolen  Grin
 
15  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: GWR mobile tickets on: Yesterday at 09:02:29 am
Probably worth sharing whole press release:

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Use your phone as a rail ticket
Great Western Railway expands use of mobile tickets
 
Go from booking to boarding in just a matter of minutes and without the need for a paper ticket, as Great Western Railway (GWR) launches mobile ticketing across its network today.
 
GWR has expanded the availability of mobile tickets across its network, enabling customers to travel with their ticket on their smartphone or tablet, and the train operator is giving 20 lucky people the chance of winning £200 of e-Vouchers.
 
If all users of the app were to buy paper-free tickets it would save a 10-metre high stack of orange rail tickets every week, or over half a kilometre every year.
 
Passengers can now use their smart phone or tablet as a pocket ticket machine to purchase and to travel following the installation of barcode readers at station ticket gates across the GWR network.
 
Download or update the app for free and see if you route has been updated today.
 
The scheme covers all singles and return tickets; standard and first class, adult and child. Season tickets; Group Save and Rangers and Rovers are not currently available.
 
By downloading the GWR app customers can instantly purchase a wide range of ticket types, including on the day ‘walk-up’ fares, from the GWR app for the majority of journeys across the GWR network.
 
Tickets are displayed on the phone screen as an encrypted barcode to be scanned by new readers at ticket gates, and can also be checked on board by train managers with mobile barcode reading devices.
 
GWR’s Head of Retail Lee Edworthy explains:
 
“Technology has fundamentally changed the way that we travel. The expansion of mobile ticketing will make buying a ticket and travelling with us much easier and more convenient, saving valuable time for customers.
 
"As one of the UKs leading transport providers, GWR is committed to making travelling by train even easier, and that is why we continue to develop our online and mobile ticketing service, ensuring we put our customers first and help communities to prosper.”
 
To be in with a chance of winning one of 20 prizes of £200 in GWR e-Vouchers, simply register on www.gwr.com/mobilecomp, and purchase a ticket from today, Wednesday 18 April until Wednesday 16 May for travel up to and including Wednesday 23 May.
 
Customers can download the GWR app for free from GWR.com/mobile or from the Android and Apple app stores to a smart phone or tablet, and instantly purchase tickets.
 
Previously only a limited number of tickets for selected journeys could be displayed on a mobile device and all other ticket types purchased had to be collected from a ticket machine using the unique reference number sent to the customers’ device via e-mail.
 
Popular GWR routes where this service can be used include those in and out of London Paddington, Bath Spa, Bristol, Exeter, Oxford, Plymouth, Penzance, Cardiff, Swindon and Reading.
 
Those customers buying tickets for use on other journeys right across Britain can still use the GWR mobile app and then simply collect their tickets from a Ticket Vending machine or sales office at the station.
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