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1  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: HS2 - Government proposals, alternative routes and general discussion on: January 29, 2023, 03:37:43 pm
Has anyone yet suggested a diversion of HS2 (The next High Speed line(s)) through London ...

Manchester Piccadilly ... Manchester Airport ... Birmingham Interchange ... Old Oak Common ... London Paddington ... Bond Street ... Tottenham Court Road ... Farringdon ... Liverpool Street  ... Stratford ... Ashford ... Lille ... Paris Nord

Hmmm. Is there a connection between Stratford (domestic) & Stratford International? You're going to need it!

You would need one at Old Oak Common as well!
2  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: HS2 - Government proposals, alternative routes and general discussion on: January 29, 2023, 12:32:41 pm
Leapt upon by Stop HS2 (The next High Speed line(s)) unsurprisingly:

https://stophs2.org/news/19849-stop-hs2-reacts-to-shambles-at-hs2-and-news-that-hs2-into-euston-could-be-scrapped

To save you the bother of reading the article, the last sentence sums it up:
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3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Problems with IET trains from April 2021 on: January 29, 2023, 10:38:48 am
There’s little point making comparisons on ride quality unless it’s on the same track, the same relative position within the carriage, and at the same speed.
4  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: 2023 Delays and Cancellations on: January 28, 2023, 07:10:38 pm
They’ve got some monitoring equipment there, so I’m guessing they can keep a good eye on it remotely.  Could go back up to a 50mph restriction if a bit of tamping is done perhaps?  But certainly not back up to line speed until the work detailed is undertaken.
5  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: 2023 Delays and Cancellations on: January 28, 2023, 12:04:46 pm
A bit more information on plans to sort out the bridge from a Network Rail Asset Engineer:

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The proposed intervention is to use a geopolymer in the bank and the area behind the abutment to stabilise the transition between the two assets. There are some elements that I need to detail through with the proposed geopolymer, organic content of the embankment and EA approvals etc, but I am working to complete the works in late March into April.
6  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: 2023 Delays and Cancellations on: January 26, 2023, 12:31:33 pm
There's been rumblings of quadrupling over the last thirty or so years, most recently south from Oxford as far as Radley, but nothing has gone beyond the aspiration stage.  Anything beyond that, including cut-offs, would be very expensive and therefore probably unjustifiable.  Four tracks south from Oxford to Radley, and grade separation at Didcot and possibly a reversible loop line between Didcot and Appleford Junction would be much more suitable IMHO (in my humble opinion).

I doubt the money will be forthcoming in the near term for anything though.
7  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: 2023 Delays and Cancellations on: January 26, 2023, 09:59:42 am

Has it REALLY been -9C overnight??   All around elsewhere reports are of it being much warmer last night than the previous night.


According to the Met Office website, Benson got as cold as 0C last night!

Perhaps it meant that with temperatures dipping as low as -9 over the previous few nights, including last weekend, temporary repairs to remove the 20mph restriction (and therefore prevent any further marked deterioration resulting in the report of a rough ride last night) weren’t able to be done.
8  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: 2023 Delays and Cancellations on: January 25, 2023, 09:54:25 pm
Is it ok if I be slightly alarmed by this...

Mark
From what Industry Insider has just reported it doesn’t sound good at all.

Alarm in the sense there will be a lot of disruption tonight and potentially into the future - YES
Alarm in the sense a bridge slowly sinking is likely to be a serious passenger safety issue - NO
9  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: 2023 Delays and Cancellations on: January 25, 2023, 09:18:58 pm
Major track faultbetween Oxford & Didcot - all lines closed

Nuneham Bridge near Culham has been slowly sinking into the banks of the Thames for years.  A 50mph speed limit became 20mph a few weeks ago, but a driver reported a rough ride even at that speed so it’ll need an inspection before reopening and it’s in the middle of nowhere!
10  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Have you ever taken an international trip from your local station? on: January 25, 2023, 11:21:14 am
...as we had an ATB (the BIG ticket) printer installed for issuing Eurostar tickets but even we stopped in 1999.

Was that the one that was known as 'Tribute'?  I remember them - great big things and very slow (compared with APTIS (All Purpose Ticket Issuing System)) and they didn't last long!
11  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Plans for new Rugby parkway station go on show on: January 24, 2023, 09:35:01 pm
I can almost hear the good folk of Skelmersdale revving their engines in anticipation!  Smiley
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Plans for new Rugby parkway station go on show on: January 24, 2023, 11:15:59 am
I also wonder if a quick link to London is really the Utopia sought these days - are London journeys less important, and regional journeys more important than they used to be?  Having asked that question, with the confluence of the M1 and M6 nearby, what a wonderful park and ride location for a superfast train into London for residents coming from the Midlands, the North East, the North West, North Wales and Scotland.

It's not a utopia, but it is still very significant.

The residents of those locations, particularly when you are talking about the North West, North Wales and Scotland, already have superfast trains into London.  At least when compared to how long it would take to drive to a Rugby Parkway equivalent located on the main lines and not the Northampton lines.  In some cases superfast trains that are going to get even superfaster when HS2 (The next High Speed line(s)) opens.

If it did happen you'd probably by Watford Gap would be best, as the M1 is right alongside and you have the added bonus of being closer to Daventry and its 28000 (and set to grow further) residents?  Perhaps it might become a better option then when there's much less pressure on the WCML (West Coast Main Line) and you could offer a decent timed Euston/Watford/Milton Keynes/Hemel Hempstead/Daventry Parkway/Rugby/Coventry/Birmingham International/Birmingham New Street service twice an hour?
13  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Plans for new Rugby parkway station go on show on: January 23, 2023, 11:16:36 pm
I think it’s the location.  Two trains an hour, and not an especially quick route into London via the quite slow Northampton route - half an hour slower than from the current Rugby station.  That’s not to say that Rugby Parkway won’t be a good asset though.

Chiltern made a couple of quite ‘ambitious’ suggestions back in the day that were never likely to materialise.
14  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Transport for Wales and seat reservations on: January 23, 2023, 03:01:52 pm
On a recent trip on a loco hauled set from Wrexham, the legacy reservation system for the ex-ECML (East Coast Main Line) carriages were telling me that my seat was reserved from Kings Cross!
15  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Wokingham ... ? on: January 21, 2023, 06:46:03 pm
Yeah I thought it was for cabling.  As you say it looks more like for water or sewerage!
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