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1  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: November 29, 2018, 02:04:47 pm
The service I was on this morning, the 8.50 Oldfield Park to Bristol Parkway, terminated at Filton I know that much.

But other than that, based on what NRE and RTT are saying, services that terminate at Parkway normally are actually terminating at Filton, but services up to Gloucester and Great Malvern are running through as normal. So probably just thinning out the services slightly to make up for the issue!

NRE does also say tickets being accepted on the 18, 72 and 73 buses, though no idea what bus the 18 is (First certainly don't run an 18 in Bristol), the 72 doesn't even go that near Filton or Parkway, so the 73 is the only really relevant one there.
2  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: November 27, 2018, 04:29:45 pm
So Metrobus have tweeted out an image of a fairly detailed route map for the M1.
Not sure if this is new or not, but it is more detailed than anything I have seen anyway, and I can't help feel even more annoyed considering how close to Temple Meads and Parkway it comes, but is just a bit too far away from either to be useful for them!
3  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2018 cancellation and amendment log on: November 27, 2018, 11:58:26 am
Swindon coped with an hourly service reversing at platforms 1 or 3 headed from the North East or Scotland to Plymouth (and vice versa) during the Filton Bank closure, and once the through Paddington to Cheltenham Spa service becomes hourly with the "west unit" train no longer sitting in the bay most of the time, the bay will be cleared to become the standard TransWilts platform again.

The main problem with the XC services at Swindon during the blockade was that, for at least the ones I noticed, they were timed to wait at Swindon for between 5 and 10 minutes. This caused delays to me twice during the last couple of weeks whilst my train had to wait for the platform to become available. Shouldn't matter if are talking about "normal" services through Swindon that don't hang around, but it does need to be thought about.
4  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: November 22, 2018, 12:10:35 pm
Are there any plans to add platforms to the new main lines at Stapleton Road and Lawrence hill / is there enough room with the new track layout to do so in the future if it becomes necessary / desired?

Also totally agree about the single track on the Beach line. It is already a problem anyway, but hopefully with removing one source of delays and adding the ability to keep units at  Stapleton Road or Lawrence hill whilst they wait for a Bristol bound train to pass the junction we have a little wiggle room.
5  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: November 22, 2018, 11:22:33 am
Already saw a slight benefit this morning with the Severn Beach line train I was on running 5 minutes late towards Temple Meads. In the past this would have held up the Great Malvern to Weymouth train that normally runs 7 or so minutes behind, but is usually delayed if that Severn Beach train is running late. Today it used the new main's, meaning it arrived into Temple Meads just after I did (rather than 5 minutes or so later), and so my connection was a nice walk over from P1 to P7, onto the train, then leaving a minute later, no waits needed! Of course, I know at some point (probably sooner rather than later!) this will inconvenience rather than help me as I can no longer rely on the Weymouth service always being behind us as long as we hit Narroways first, but it is nice to see the reliability improvements so obviously this soon.
6  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: November 22, 2018, 11:18:10 am
A couple of articles on the Bristol Post site that seem to concur with the vandalism of the Metrobus buses happening in service with rocks being thrown at buses. A few photos showing the damage, including broken windows too. Looks like the yobs who have been attacking the 75/76 buses and the A4 Bath - Bristol Airport buses have found new targets.
7  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: November 21, 2018, 03:06:14 pm
Meantime,  word  reaches me that  two of the  MetroBust M2 buses  were  vandalised last night, and that the  replacement vehicles  can't use the misguided busway. Pasengers wanting to board at Cumberland Basin, Ashton Gate or Ashton Vale are advised  to schlep over to either the Long Ashton Park and Ride or SS Gert Britain. It raises a few  questions:
How many adapted buses are there?
If they cost best part of  400K apiece, where are  they kept   overnight?
Does Tony (Formerly Four Track, Now!) have an aliibi?
(The answer to the last one is "Yes", and my EasyJet account will confirm it.)

Based on some comments on Twitter it sounds like at least one of the buses was targeted whilst in service?
According to local media there have been recent attacks on buses in service, so would add up.
8  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: Quarter of Welsh trains out of service, TfW admits in apology on: November 21, 2018, 11:20:57 am
Is there a reason the problem is so much worse than previous years?
I am sure ATW used to be affected by this too, but not to this extent surely?
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Defective on-train PA systems on: November 13, 2018, 12:37:22 pm
Had one last week or the week before that caused a passenger to get a bit flustered. At Keynsham heading towards Bath and the guard was having problems with closing the doors. Took about 8 mins or so in total, so not really much of a delay. The problem was each time the guard had thought the doors were closed and gave the all clear to the driver, the automated announcements would kick in thinking we were the next station down the line. This happened several times so by the time we actually left the system thought the next station was Avoncliff! In this case it was fairly obvious the system was wrong (as we had not moved!) but that still worried at least one passenger who had to be reassured by the person sitting next to them (who I don't think they knew beforehand) that it was ok.
10  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: GWR replacement bus services - absolutely DREADFUL!!! on: November 09, 2018, 09:21:23 am
Are we seriously suggesting that RRB drivers are trained so badly that maybe a passenger should print off the route on google maps highlighting the correct turns etc??
Regardless of who is to blame (GWR, the bus company, the driver, whoever), that simply is not good enough. Unless it is a driver who has only taken the shift as an "emergency" (e.g. a driver who was supposed to do the route didn't turn up so the bus company has had to send out a driver who wasn't due to do the route), there is no excuse at all for a RRB driver going the wrong way. None at all.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Brizzle Arenal....where to mi babber ? on: November 05, 2018, 03:48:56 pm
Transport to the Filton site from Bristol will be by shuttle bus (9.00 please) or by car. The car park will cost 16.50, so cheaper than the shuttle bus if you share. A few will be close enough to walk. None will arrive at the event by rail.

Just to prove that point, thee shuttle bus will be from Bond Street (where Megabus coaches pick up / drop off at) rather than Temple Meads, Parkway or Filton Abbey Wood.
12  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: GWR replacement bus services - absolutely DREADFUL!!! on: November 02, 2018, 11:57:42 am
Today I got the 0845 service from Redland(the 0835 Clifton Down-Bristol Temple Meads).  And unless any people got on at Lawrence Hill, I was the only person on this service!  I guess a lot of people are not bothering with these rail replacement bus services and traveling by alternate means instead

I'd say that is most certainly the case!

For my own commute, instead of getting the train from Montpellier to Temple Meads and then onwards to Keynsham I have changed to either walking into town and then getting the number 349 bus to Keynsham or getting the number 73 bus to Temple Meads then the train to Keynsham. It helps that the weather hasn't been too bad this week (just a little cold) so the extra walking has been ok, and I already pay for a monthly bus ticket anyway. Actually it has been decent enough that I may use the buses more often, as whilst they are not as convenient as the train, it saves me money and it has actually been better reliability wise than I expected.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Smartcards across the GWR network. on: October 26, 2018, 03:16:57 pm
The initial trial on the Severn Beach line is now over, and while I don't have a card, GWR say that any of the existing ones will have stopped working now.
They are planning on rolling it out properly next year though.
14  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: October 25, 2018, 12:22:19 pm
It seems to me that the causes of late running are largely predictable. For example: Students have turned up in September in previous years; the roadworks near Temple Meads were know about long in advance; general congestion due to volume of traffic happens each day. I can't believe that this was a surprise to the manager who went out to drive the bus. These factors all need to be taken into consideration when designing the timetable. The result would be longer (potentially much longer), more realistic journey times in the timetable, especially at peak times. The problem for the operator is that to maintain service frequency with longer journey times requires more vehicles in traffic. Sadly it appears that First are struggling to provide enough vehicles/drivers even for the current timetable.

To be fair, the roadworks at Temple Meads were supposed to be finished by now! Obviously anyone with half a brain could tell they wouldn't be mind you. Though it was only in June that completion was officially delayed till next year.
15  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: October 25, 2018, 10:11:58 am
I have a very great deal of time for James who really is switched on to the problems faced on Bristol's congested roads.   Good to hear / read of him getting an update by driving on a Saturday; actually I doubt this was a one-off - I'm sure he got a better feeling for the current pulse, but suggestions that much was new to him are probably wide of the mark.

As much as I give First in Bristol and Bath a lot of stick, I must give credit where it is due and agree with your comments about James. Saw a few people also say he was driving a couple of weeks ago to in an attempt to fill in for the lack of drivers they have.
It can't be easy for First, even just the roadworks and congestion in the area would be enough to mess around with any operation, let alone a shortage of staff or buses. My main criticisms of them are to do with communication with passengers when things go wrong rather than the actual service a lot of the time.
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