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1  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: GWR mobile tickets on: August 17, 2018, 09:38:42 pm
...  and specifically bar break of journey ...

That is no longer the case for most tickets. The National Rail Conditions of Travel allow break of journey on all except certain special ticket types, and GWR cannot break the national conditions of travel just to suit themselves.   That has now been clarified and accepted by GWR (( contrary to earlier comment in this thread;  condition can be applied to NEW fares and ticket types not the old standard ones )) - though I'm not sure how far the clarification has been implemented into systems.

A word of caution - the RDG "easier fares" consultation could come up with recommendations that change the National Rail Conditions of Travel, and if that happens a number of useful and very fair things you can do could be swept away in the interest of "simplification", co-incidentally making some journeys more expensive or less convenient in the process.


In which case GWR may want to update their app because it is still saying that break of journey is not allowed for mobile tickets (that is of today, as I used a mobile ticket this morning and specifically checked for the wording). Is there anywhere where GWR have publicly confirmed this wording is incorrect?
2  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: GWR mobile tickets on: August 13, 2018, 12:11:11 pm
I saw somebody using one of these get on at Keynsham the other day. So GWR but not gated. She just showed her phone screen to the guard when he came round. Of course her destination could have been a gated station Ė does it work if only one end is gated?

If it wasn't the "she" there I'd have asked if it was me you saw!
But yes, at the moment they are only offered if the start or end of the journey is gated, and specifically bar break of journey (presumably so you can't just get off at a station that isn't gated).
Out of curiosity did the guard scan the QR code on her screen or just look at it? I've had a bit of a mix regarding this. I suspect they are meant to scan the code, but its a bit faffy with them having to get the camera app up on their device etc.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Chippenham to London - coaches on: August 03, 2018, 10:45:37 am
This also affects Bath (as Bath is where the coaches through Chippenham used to go to and from). This happened a couple of years ago too when Megabus started running the services then dumped them after about a year. The services were reintroduced last year and until reading this post I wasn't aware they had stopped again. I suspect they see initial high usage (with the service being "new" and getting media publicity etc) and then it probably drops off pretty quickly (thanks to competition from National Express and the railway) to a point where they give up again.
4  Journey by Journey / London to Swindon and Bristol / Re: IEP between Bristol and WSM on: July 31, 2018, 03:58:17 pm
Curve too sharp at Bristol to split or join trains

Is that really the case?
Wasn't splitting at Temple Meads part of the original plan?
Did nobody check that was actually possible?
5  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: Long term consequences of present/recent railway problems. on: July 30, 2018, 03:45:41 pm
The major disruption at York and Leeds was caused by a direct lightning strike on the IECC (Integrated Electronic Control Centre) at York.  Not too much you can do to protect against a major strike like that.  Internally it 'fried' two of the Leeds workstations and externally destroyed up to 20 trackside signalling modules.  Moving trains at York meant having to manually operate and Clip and Padlock (C&P) 30 sets of points, which is a significant task.

I guess the question is, has the move the IECC's and RoC's meant that disruption is spread around a larger area?
Is it acceptable that say a lightening strike on Didcot (to bring it more towards GWR's area) would mess up the Severn Beach line?
I accept there are reasons why larger signalling centres work and make sense, but I also think the public have the right to then complain when railway industry controlled decisions (aka the move to larger centres that control larger areas) end up making non railway caused disruption worse.

In the example you mention at York, would the disruption at York caused disruption at Leeds like that if systems and signalers were more spread out?
6  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: The s-l-o-w train?? on: July 27, 2018, 05:33:22 pm
2.5 hours Taunton to Cardiff.

The "fast" Bristol to Cardiff services (aka the ex Portsmouth services) are timetabled for 48 minutes at their fastest (tho still can do it faster due to padding in the timetable).
The slower services to Cardiff are generally given just over an hour (though some are just under).
The "fast" services between Taunton and Bristol are given 30 minutes (some are 31, but its close enough!).
The slower services are given just over an hour too.

All isn't as it seems though due to the connection at Bristol, so most journeys with the connection are given as somewhere between 1 hour 50 mins and 2 hours 8 minutes.
Given that that particular direct train seems like the slowest, and others are timetabled for between 2 hours 6 minutes and 2 hours 20 mins, depending on when you travel, taking the "slower" train may work out quicker!

Of course all that only applies if you are travelling west of Bristol towards South Wales and in that case you have the additional benefit of it being a through service, especially right now when changing to a new GWR service at Bristol seems like it can be a bit like rolling a dice when it comes to will it be on time or even be running at all. If you are just travelling to Bristol then the XC services are a no brainer at about half the journey time (unless you have literally just missed a fast one).
7  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: South Western Railway franchise could be under threat on: July 26, 2018, 01:15:23 pm
Which may be summarised as "largely due to network rail, but not entirely"

Even for network rail, upgrading the power supply along an existing route should not be that hard. There is an existing 33KV distribution network along the railway, this feeds numerous transformer/rectifier stations.

Additional transformers and rectifiers are mature technology and available from several suppliers.
If the existing 33KV network is inadequate, then replacing the cables with larger ones is a simple task. HV cable is used in vast quantities by the electricity supply industry and is readily available.

Isn't it more like largely due to the DfT?
The DfT specified the level of service they expected from the bids without checking with Network Rail if it was possible. The DfT won't give Network Rail funding for the work that would need to be done to make that level of service possible.
8  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Bristol Doors Open Days, explore unseen Temple Meads on: July 25, 2018, 11:24:29 am
I actually managed to get onto the page in time to get tickets, but then realised that I wasn't actually available for any of the times Sad.
9  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture - related rail, public and other transport issues / Re: Safe use of stations on: July 24, 2018, 03:45:15 pm
Having pulled NR up from that silliness, a 153 at 30 m.p.h. would leave the child in pieces.

Indeed. There was an incident a few years ago at the station near my old secondary school where a child died after being hit in the head by a train that was stopping at the station. Just shows the speed doesn't have to be high for an incident to be fatal.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Wessex to close operations in Bristol on: July 24, 2018, 03:40:11 pm
Some lovely modern bus shelters, with live running information, on routes served only by Wessex will now stand useless. A testament to the stupidity of the local authority.

Sounds like most of the route will be taken up by either the new route of the U2 or First's new 20 service, so thankfully there shouldn't be many new shelters left unused.
11  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Bristol's Temple Gate layout change planned in £21m revamp on: July 19, 2018, 02:21:49 pm
I wonder what the initial completion date was supposed to be for this? The fact it is going to take over a year from now to finish it seems a bit nuts considering how long the work seems to have been going on for.
12  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Comedian humiliated for using disabled space on train - BBC News 17th July 2018 on: July 19, 2018, 02:03:55 pm
Not quite true, a quick look through her twitter feed will show that she has regularly complained about train companies and various aspects of her journey, a recent tweet she was complaining she had to show her disabled railcard . . .

Agree 100% with the second comment, no idea what the guard was playing at with those announcements

To be fair, tweeting a company about service you think isn't good enough is a bit different to going to the press.
13  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Lack of First Aid, Training For TfL Staff & Defibrillators on: July 17, 2018, 12:51:08 pm
Regardless of the OP's "reputation", not having at least one member of staff first aid trained and having no first aid provision at the station simply illegal. What if one of the members of staff had needed treatment at work? Certainly employers have a legal responsibility to their staff to provide first aid training and equipment so that staff can get treatment if they are injured at work. And I believe that responsibility also extends to the general public where you are an employer that invites the public onto your grounds. Regardless of other businesses being near by, or the fact it was "just outside" the station so it probably absolves TfL from any legal responsibility in this case, the lack of any first aid training or equipment at all, if true (and I know that's the important phrase, hence the bold text!), is worrying to say the least!
14  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Call for bus website like National Rail Enquiries on: July 09, 2018, 10:33:22 am
Go Aheadís group app is pretty good, I can see the location of my bus, and I can see its fleet number. It appears customised for each of its OpCos.

The main two problems current systems like that in use at the moment have are:
  • There is nothing that covers nationwide as far as I am aware. There are some apps (like the "UK Bus Checker" one I use) that are pretty much nationwide, but in some areas they just use timetable data as there is no real time data available.
  • Even where it does work, it can be unreliable and misleading. Especially when a service just doesn't run, quite often it'll show as the timetabled time, then just disappear when that time passes, no hint of it running late or being cancelled.

Of course, even having the option in some areas is a better situation than in the past (where you just had to wait and hope), but I certainly agree moving to an NRE equivalent would be a very good thing for bus users!
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: GWR Performance Figures on: July 04, 2018, 12:45:37 pm
The collapse of the 'Bristol' area figures surprised me looking at it in graph format

As someone who travels in the "Bristol" area a fair bit (mainly the local stopping services between Bath and Bristol, and the Severn Beach line) I am not surprised at all, if anything I am glad my general feelings from the last 6 or so months aren't totally just in my head! (obviously not glad the situation is as poor as it is, but glad my general feelings are backed up with real data).
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