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1  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Avanti introduces social distancing measures on its trains on: May 16, 2020, 10:38:41 pm
There are such things as the thin end of wedges.

I am concerned because both companies that have now announced compulsory reservations have sections of their routes that will be used by short distance commuter and leisure traffic. I dealt with the WCML in my post yesterday, and as a further example LNER run all or the vast majority of services on the route from Leeds through Wakefield, Doncaster, Retford, Grantham and Peterborough.

I can see some resistance developing to having to reserve a seat on these shorter runs, and this could discourage traffic, especially the leisure market.

Furthermore (and I could bang on about this as much as some can bang on about buffets...) it is not always possible to know what train(s) you are going to use. How long does a meeting take, for example? How can you specify with any degree of certainty what train you will be using if that would be reliant on connections (eg from other TOCs, airlines etc)? How long will it take you to go around the shops?

If his procedure looks like it might become permanent, I can see it driving (no pun intended) a lot of people back into their cars.

We could lose 20 years progress in a few months if weíre not careful.


Erm, but compulsory reservations are what leisure travellers have been calling for for years as the trains are always "overbooked" and "dangerously overcrowded".  We're [sic] getting what we've [sic] been moaning for.
2  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: The TWaT market on: May 10, 2020, 08:50:53 am
Can I do my broken-record thing here about GWR's Cornwall & Devon three-day season tickets, which are wonderful, and which should be rolled out nationwide? I may have mentioned them once or twice or three million times before.

There certainly was thinking at GWR about rolling out part time seasons across their network before CV19 hit, whether that has taken a back seat or will be made higher priority remains to be seen.
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Your least used possession at present? [DotD 11.4.2020] on: April 11, 2020, 04:36:00 pm
The van. It hasn't moved in 3 weeks.  I start it up from time to time to make sure the battery is still healthy.
4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Good Friday quiz on: April 10, 2020, 08:28:21 am
6. Truro Cathedral
5  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: All subway trains to run clockwise in Glasgow on: March 28, 2020, 10:52:13 am
Unfortunately, it doesn't go anywhere useful.  It misses most people attractors by a whisker - Central, Queen Street, Kevingrove and nowhere near the SECC, Riverside Museum or People's Palace.
6  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: All subway trains to run clockwise in Glasgow on: March 28, 2020, 07:31:46 am
The Glasgow subway is and only ever was a circular underground railway, with 2 tunnels running in opposite directions.

Govan is where the depot is located, so could be considered the start/end as trains come into/go out of service there or pause  briefly to change drivers.
7  Journey by Journey / London to Swindon and Bristol / Five Don't get to Bristol Faster on: March 27, 2020, 10:32:09 pm
Another ASA Complaint against GWR means they have to withdraw part of the Five get there Faster campaign.

No details on the ASA's website yet if it was a ruling or the Informally Resolved complaint from 1 person on 4 March.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Coronavirus: Great Western Railway reduced services on: March 22, 2020, 08:38:26 pm
Updated timetable has made it on to GWR's online journey planner but not National Rail.
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Plants and planters (mostly daffodils!) on: March 15, 2020, 10:03:48 am
9 - Par
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Oh for a bit of standardisation on: March 13, 2020, 08:18:11 pm
Unfortunately no, not since the begining of this year where the accessibility regulations state that ramps must be secured to the train. 
Gone are the days where you could thrown any ramp down, now each has to be sized specifially to the width of the door and fit in to lugs in the step.
Initially there was 1 standard ramp, then a slightly wider but shorter one came along.  When the 220/221s arrived they had to have a special ramp that fitted the doors and blocked the auto-close, the IETs then had to have special ramps for the fold-away steps.  The 255s use the old HST ramp which now have lugs fitted, which leaves the units with the wider ramp but also converted with lugs.
11  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Dawlish - permanent resilience work - ongoing discussions on: January 28, 2020, 05:01:27 pm
Class 143s have now joined Voyager "do not go there" status.

From now on, any class 143 traversing the sea wall during Network Rail's Dawlish Amber or worse statuses must be locked out of public use between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot.
12  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Dawlish - permanent resilience work - ongoing discussions on: January 16, 2020, 06:06:33 pm
Hoping this picture uploads
13  All across the Great Western territory / Smoke and Mirrors / Re: Minimum service agreements setting strike limits on: December 20, 2019, 09:45:20 pm
After the end of January not something that can be tested against European Human Rights?

European Court of Human Rights is a product of the Council of Europe and was set up after World War II with a significant amount of input by British jurists. It predates the EU, and it predecessors, and its area of jurisdiction will be just the same in February as it is now.

Not necessarily.  The Conservatives have already threatended to withdraw from the ECHR and repeal the Human Rights Act but backed down.  However, now Johnson has a stonking mandate to do what he wants.

Think what a coup that would give to Russia (a member of the Council of Europe) if we were to join Belarus as the only European Country who wasn't a member. 

It's what the will of the people voted for.  And it's already started.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Smoke and Mirrors / Re: Minimum service agreements setting strike limits on: December 20, 2019, 11:47:25 am
After the end of January not something that can be tested against European Human Rights?

European Court of Human Rights is a product of the Council of Europe and was set up after World War II with a significant amount of input by British jurists. It predates the EU, and it predecessors, and its area of jurisdiction will be just the same in February as it is now.

Not necessarily.  The Conservatives have already threatended to withdraw from the ECHR and repeal the Human Rights Act but backed down.  However, now Johnson has a stonking mandate to do what he wants.
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Old technology on: November 30, 2019, 07:44:17 pm
Did the lights change when you stood on them?
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