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1  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Reading Green Park on: October 12, 2021, 08:53:51 am
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Balfour Beatty Road Closure AG

Location
200 mtrs either side of Railway bridge and on bridge deck RG2 6AT

Carriageway and construction of new footway

One.network suggests the closure is 25 Oct 2021 - 11 Feb 2022 from Wokingham BC with road closure and diversion. Despite having a No Entry symbol “No delays are likely” from West Berkshire Council. Nice to know that our local councils are fulfilling their duty of cooperation!

Thanks bradbrka, would be grateful for source and any more detail

Sid

I found the advance notice signs as I walked past at the weekend so did some digging (not the holes on the bridge).

It's from the same source. The two councils have each added entries in slightly different places, the West Berks entry is on the bridge (the one with more detail behind it), the Wokingham one is on the approach at the point the road will be closed on the east side.

Probably a result of the road being on both sides of the council boundaries.

2  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Reading Green Park on: October 11, 2021, 09:45:33 am
Not sure about the 3 filled holes but it could be related to the upcoming 16 week road closure detailed below.

Works Descriptions
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Balfour Beatty Road Closure AG

Location
200 mtrs either side of Railway bridge and on bridge deck RG2 6AT

Carriageway and construction of new footway
3  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Exeter to/from Waterloo - Saturday, 4th September on: September 05, 2021, 04:36:21 pm
Why were so many services half length yesterday ? It takes no more staff to operate a 6 car 159 than to run a half length train.
With so many services cancelled, shortages of rolling stock seems unlikely. With so many cancellations, running full length trains is more important than ever.


Maybe the staff shortage was in the depot, no body to empty the waste water tanks, refill with clean water, clean and refuel the train and the other pre-service checks. It must take more people to prepare 6 cars vs. 3, the same as 9 or 10 vs 5.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Changing (or not) place names on bus routes on: July 21, 2021, 09:18:22 am
The Turnham’s Farm house is still there at the junction of City and Little Heath road. The original 33 terminus was short of this using Barton Road as a u-turn, without any stops on it. I grew up in this area and nobody referred to it as Turnham’s Farm. Only the Rec was called that. The route was one of the first Coporation routes to leave the borough, with the original intention being that the estate at the top, the Bird’s estate and the estate around Hilden’s drive (which is half in and out) becoming part of the borough eventually. This never happened

As far as name changes of stops are concerned, I like the history involved as to finding out why particular stops have particular names. It’s a nice historical nod, like underground stations named after pubs in London.

The house still standing was not the farm house, it was "The White House". Another example of places or buildings changing names.

When the 33 service first started it was run with a crewed bus and was reversed into Bitterne Avenue to return back into Reading, Barton Road was still a building site at the time. When the service changed to single manned vehicles it was able to use Barton road to return.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Changing (or not) place names on bus routes on: July 20, 2021, 10:53:42 pm
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Both Turnham’s Farm and the no longer used Sheraton Park bus destinations in Reading, were names simply used by the bus company and not what the places were ever referred to by those that lived there. Turnham’s farm is the name of a recreation ground which the 33 route that started in the late 70’s never reached until some point in the last decade.

Young man - some of us are old enough to rememeber Turnham's Farm at the junction of City Road and Little Heath Road! I think it was developed in the early 1970s. I cannot remember if buses started before the farm was developed (I'll take RG's word for it!) and the housing estate that was built was I think known as the Turnham Farm estate in its early days.

The Turnhams's farm buildings were at the junction of City Road and Little Heath Road. Its lands extended behind the cottages along both sides of City Road from the Fox and Hounds to the west side of Little Heath Road were the recreation ground can now be found. The farm was developed over a number of years and the bus service started part way through. I lived in City road as a child and watched the farm building being demolished.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Railway Station bus stops ... but with no or few buses on: February 05, 2020, 01:25:25 pm
Green Park is intended to have bus facilities from the start. Presumably the current services for the Mad Stad will call there

Well, sort of - the only daily services there are the Greenwaves serving the P&R (Park and Ride). But the same buses already run via Green Park, along Longwater Avenue, so are almost at the station site. I think road access to the station will be from the new roundabout on Longwater Avenue, so it would makes sense to nip in from there. Obviously the station plus new housing may call for further route changes as and when Reading Buses see the need.

There are dedicated Greenwave services to Green Park Village where the station is situated off Longwater avenue(route 52 and 53). Most of these however run fast to/from Green Park (no pickup/setdown on route) to central Reading (approx. 15 mins) so will be in competition with the rail service when it begins. With the rail service being approx. 8 min I would expect changes to the bus service.
7  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Night Riviera Sleeper refurb on: October 16, 2019, 06:09:53 pm
It’s wonderful to see the investment in the Sleeper service and associated station facilities (if not the actual motive power).

However, the reclining First Class seats and 2 +1 layout in the seated coaches will be sorely missed and are a retrograde step. It always felt a bit special coming back late from London in these coaches, now it just feels like a commuter train after dark.

I have been told that the seated coaches are designed for the Cornish leg of the Down sleeper - i.e: early commuters travelling relatively short distances.


The wonderful; Sleeper staff (they all are!) have been telling us Cornish commuters that we will no longer be able to join the Down Sleeper in the mornings, as it will become ‘set-down only’. Instead we will get an unreliable Cross Country service at 07.20.

They could use the new 0600 service from Plymouth that arrives at Penzance at 0800.
8  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Thames Valley services from December 2019 - GWR press release on: July 28, 2019, 06:37:45 pm
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The existing 30-minute interval during the peaks of Paddington<>Maidenhead<>Twyford<>Reading and beyond to/from Didcot GWR (Great Western Railway) services continues.

Really? Currently on Reading to Didcot it's still the same inconveniently irregularly spaced service - arrival times at Goring spaced as follows from 17-06 to 20-06 as follows- all being gaps in minutes-

10-21-32-12-17-31-25-8-24.

And of course most of my North Downs connections at Reading seem to dump me there to catch the longest gaps. Six in two hours - is it too much to suggest one every 20 minutes might make a much better and more convenient service?



The Reading to Didcot timetable in the evening peak is made up of 2 services, the 2 services per hour Paddington to Didcot at 30 mins intervals and an hourly Reading to Oxford service. The only way to get an even 20 min service Reading to Didcot would be to change the Paddington to Didcot service to a 20 and 40 min interval which would look a bit like a tail wagging dog situation.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Overchecking of tickets - on train and at arriving station. on: July 17, 2019, 08:07:55 am
Is the real problem that the ticket check was not properly resourced for the number of passengers arriving on that service, not that the check took place?
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: June 26, 2019, 01:49:19 pm
Still over 20 half length IETs (Intercity Express Train) though, 5 car instead of 9 car or 10 car.

Advocates of the IETs will no doubt state that this is in fact a great advantage of DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) operation and that otherwise we would have had no train.

Is that 20 half length IET trains or 20 half length services?


A train on the Oxford services can complete 10 services during a day, so the 20 half length formation changes could be 2 trains short formed.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: June 26, 2019, 08:18:59 am
Already 42 short formations for today on JournetCheck and its not yet 04:30am.

Is that short formations or formation changes?

Many of the longer distance service changes are 9 rather than 10 which don't really make much difference from a capacity point of view. The 9 car units appear to have been switched from the shorter Oxford services.

12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Reshaping Britain’s Railways for the 21st Century: A Speech by Lord Andrew Adonis on: June 09, 2019, 09:09:33 pm
Given that Earley station is in Woodley, should Earley be in the list of towns instead as it's population is only slightly smaller and has no other station?
13  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Reshaping Britain’s Railways for the 21st Century: A Speech by Lord Andrew Adonis on: June 09, 2019, 07:13:57 pm
I see what you mean.

Earley Town council don't seem to include this on the map on their website.
http://www.earley-tc.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Earley-Town-Guide-2015.pdf
14  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Reshaping Britain’s Railways for the 21st Century: A Speech by Lord Andrew Adonis on: June 09, 2019, 06:42:50 pm
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Woodley? Woodley is only a town for political reasons, it is clearly a Reading suburb. If it was within the borough boundary it wouldn't be on this list. It has railways on two sides of it and Earley station is close enough to it's 'town centre' (shopping precinct) to count it being on the rail network.

Indeed - I think that Earley Station actually lies in the civil parish of Woodley!

I believe that the boundary between Woodley and Earley runs between the A3290 and the railway from Church Road and Loddon Bridge Road, which will put the station in Earley.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: June 07, 2019, 08:51:48 am
Five now six short forms on Journey Check today
06:42 Hereford to London Paddington due 09:47
06:47 Penzance to London Paddington due 12:21
06:59 Swansea to London Paddington due 09:55
07:00 London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads due 08:48
07:48 Paignton to London Paddington due 11:39
07:59 Swansea to London Paddington due 11:00

But none of the later services that are formed off these from Paddington are short formed currently. Are these the result of yesterdays changes leaving the 9 car units in the wrong place to the start of service today.
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