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1  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: August 12, 2018, 03:24:09 pm
I agree. I presume the reason we're stuck with ticket machines is because we don't have the funding available to set up an electronic system. And maybe because only TfL is powerful enough to get multiple operators to use one system.

We are stuck with ticket machines because of a complete lack of vision. The "multiple operators" will be down by one soon, as Wessex goes the way of all flesh, and First aren't looking too secure. A loss of over 300 million has put the rat among the pigeons, and Stagecoach are rumoured to be looking at cherry picking. There are also Turners, Buglers, Eastville Coaches, ABus, and a lot of others, but most run one route somewhat irregularly. If the Western Super Mayor would stop worrying about MetroBust and concentrate on improvements to public transport instead, we could have a properly joined up network similar to how London works. We have the technology already - the bus machines are all ITSO compliant, and there has been a substantial "back office" to divvy up the fares for more years than there have been bus operators running the system. The totems could remain to give information about next buses, some of it accurate, but where is the sense in having to use a bank card to buy a ticket when you could use the card to board the bus?
2  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: August 10, 2018, 03:26:03 pm
You can't - the only way is with a card, either Oyster or contactless debit / credit. It's brilliant, IMHO, with a flat fare so you don't have to tap out at the end of the journey, and a daily cap. It's what we should have in Bristol, instead of the monolithic ticket machines.
3  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: August 09, 2018, 11:25:46 am
So we have a gold standard service between Bristol City Centre and UWE.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: The Consultation is On! on: August 09, 2018, 12:07:30 am
Condemn me if you wish but I did not take part in the consultation because my days of long distance rail travel looks to be a relic of the past, Glasgow is where I fledge my wings to and when I can get one way fares on Easyjet from / to Bristol for as little as 22.66 to and 24.68 from Scotlands second city then regards competing modes of transport there is "no contest".

I have now moved to within 3 miles of Tiverton Parkway. I thought I would visit my sister in Norwich, and on looking up rail fares thought of a crowd funding approach to pay for the rental of the trains, or maybe purchase. Then I found that Flybe will take me there from Exeter for twenty quid each way.

What should I do?  Grin
5  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Turbos on Severn Beach line from 03 Jul 17 on: August 09, 2018, 12:03:51 am
My first trip on a 165 on the beach was three weeks ago.

Mine was earlier. It seemed a little unsettling, almost like a modern railway. I must have been lucky.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: August 08, 2018, 10:47:00 pm
Yea, got my C and A mixed, correcting post.

I'm told that can bring tears to the eyes.
7  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Tardis - the latest way to travel around Bristol? on: August 08, 2018, 10:23:00 pm
Not like spam, then? I looooove spam.

An opportunity clearly missed by GWR catering. 😀

One amongst many.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: The Consultation is On! on: August 07, 2018, 10:45:18 pm
Why change? What is wrong with the air of mystery and the fact that those of us "in the know" can play the system to our advantage? Almost the only fun in my monthly trips to Blackpool to visit my late mother in the nursing home was in seeing how cheaply I could manage the trip - usually under 25 each way. My cousin recently sent her 17-year-old son to stay with his uncle in the north of Scotland, buying a Cross Country ticket from Bicester the night before and wondering a) why it cost so much and b) why she couldn't reserve a seat for him. It wasn't a trip planned at the last minute, just badly planned in terms of transport. People like her effectively subsidise those of us who know the value of booking at least a few days in advance.
9  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Tardis - the latest way to travel around Bristol? on: August 07, 2018, 10:07:19 pm
Not like spam, then? I looooove spam.
10  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Tardis - the latest way to travel around Bristol? on: August 06, 2018, 09:02:27 pm

24 blades in a Rolls Royce Trent 900 engine...

I've just counted the blades in the Trent 900 I've just finished mounting in my Norton Commando (handles like a pig, but goes like stink) and I can tell you that there are a lot more than 24. However, if we just count the fan blades...

There are blades and blades and blades in a RR Trent 900 cos there is the Low Pressure Compressor, Intermediate Pressure Compressor and High Pressure Compressor and then there are more blades or to use the technical term for them at the back end, stators, on each of the High Pressure Turbine, the Intermediate Pressure Turbine and the Low Pressure Turbine. Most of the air that goes in at the front end of the engine passes over the bulk of the engine and sort of forms a noise absorption barrier to absorb the majority of the noise that comes out of the back end. It is known as a Turbo Fan or triple spool engine. Hence all the positive comments when RR's 211 came out on the L-1011, comments on how quiet it was. Compare it to the Olympus used on Concorde, a twin spool engine. 

Listen, I said I didn't know! I didn't expect a sort of Spanish Inquisition.
11  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Tardis - the latest way to travel around Bristol? on: August 04, 2018, 11:44:27 pm
I don't know. Clearly the more technical the item under consideration, the more engaged and knowledgeable you need to be to give any useful input. The non-technical attendees can still be useful to give a sense of what end-users would like; subject to all the caveats about representation.

Often, it isn't the pure technical side that is being discussed, if the papers for the meetings are anything to go by. And after all, you don't need to know why there are 24 blades in a Rolls Royce Trent 900 engine* to tell easyJet that their Croque Monsieurs stick to the cardboard in the packet when heated.

(*I don't know either.)
12  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: August 04, 2018, 11:27:21 pm
Bristol Parkway to be closed from 15 September - 07 October and from 27 October - 19 November trains will not run between Temple Meads and Parkway and will include the Severn Beach line. I presume this will be to connect up and commission the four tracking.

Will the Crosscountry trains be using the Henbury loop again?
13  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: August 03, 2018, 11:15:14 pm
Apologies for what is probably such an obvious question, but I thought the M2 service was supposed to go to Temple Meads?

Just looking at the new timetable (as linked above) but only shows service going to St Mary Redclife

It's no less obvious than anything else to do with MetroBust. It goes from somewhere near Temple Meads to somewhere near Ashton Gate. There will be one every 20 minutes, which will also serve the park and ride, if it can get past the hordes of football fans walking down the busway.

You would probably have a shorter walk from Temple Meads if you catch a train to Parson Street. First recommends taking the ABus shuttle from Temple Meads, which they say will be faster than using the new 60 million bus route. Speaks volumes...
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Crossrail - The Elizabeth Line - ongoing discussion, merged topics on: July 30, 2018, 05:32:47 pm
It will also be popular with those people on the existing services who will no longer have to share trains with those ramming the Crossrail service.
15  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Tardis - the latest way to travel around Bristol? on: July 28, 2018, 06:54:04 pm
Next WECA meeting is Friday 28 September - it will be where WECA will publish the consultation draft of the Joint Local Transport Plan.

Expect more MetroBust, following the soaraway success of the one that actually opened.
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