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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: New Stations for Bristol Commuters on: Today at 01:48:12 am
The original Horfield station site is too close to Filton Abbey Wood, although it was probably just far enough away from Filton. The site at Constable Road favoured by some is not too close to the site at Ashley Down favoured by many - if the line is electrified and suitable rolling stock used. I'm not sure of the distance though - greater or less than Clifton Down to Redland, Redland to Montpelier, or Stapleton Road to Lawrence Hill. They are all within a stroll of each other on a nice day, but very well used.
2  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Bristol Temple Meads Station redevelopment on: Today at 01:36:35 am
I remember when the café was called the merchantman, why was the name changed.

Dunno.  And why was "The Reckless Engineer" renamed "The Sidings".   Does it relate to political correctness to encourage technical people to take care, or is it an indication that it's managers and accountants who run the railways these days with those with detailed knowledge of how to work things out on the side tracks?

You would need to write to someone at British Rail for an answer.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: Today at 01:30:15 am
Nice! I might get to use that next July.
4  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: Yesterday at 05:34:21 pm
As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly, or so I understand. I said some time ago that the answer to the problems caused by having bus services running over long routes through the Centre was unlikely to be found by starting new bus services running over long routes through the centre. The revised layout of the Centre has helped, but there are still too many pinch-points, especially south of the New Cut.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Crossrail - The Elizabeth Line - ongoing discussion, merged topics on: Yesterday at 03:14:29 pm
Indeed.  It’s a bit of a waste seeing dozens of brand new trains sat in Old Oak Common doing precious little, and would be rather embarrassing if that continued to be the case for years.

Could,nt they use them on other lines for now, make sense would,nt it.

They could, but it probably wouldn't. By the time drivers have been trained, maintenance issues worked out,  and routes tested, it will be time for them to get ready for Crossrail. Plus try taking shiny new trains away from anyone who has got used to them.
6  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: Yesterday at 12:37:50 pm
For the sake of completeness, the forthcoming M1 timetable is here. This is the one I think will be most problematic. It has the longest route, rather convoluted, the majority of which is on ordinary roads. With a 10-minute frequency, I think we will see them running in twos and threes before long. One hour 25 minutes for the peak-time journey end to end seems unlikely.
Unlike the others, it at least stops by a railway station, even if it is only Parson Street.
7  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Station alert ... have we missed a closure consultation process? on: December 13, 2018, 11:32:58 pm
Yes - I meant "Parly" not "Party" - sorry about that.  Autocorrect rather than misrouted finger for once - nearly had the same thing happen as I confirmed the amendment.

Whoever invented autocorrect should burn in hello.
8  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Level Crossing Collision - Gunnislake Branch 13 December 2018 on: December 13, 2018, 07:37:24 pm
Ouch! I'm glad no-one was hurt.

Journey check says:

19:13 Gunnislake to Plymouth due 19:58 will be cancelled.
This is due to a road vehicle colliding with level crossing barriers.

which doesn't seem to match the photo.
9  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: December 13, 2018, 05:08:28 pm
[Come last September when it was these embarrassed (useless) officials that realised (privately) that their computer model had got it wrong and the U3 service was introduced operating only between the city centre and UWE but not able to operate via the bus only M32 links. From my observations, the U3 would amply cover its running costs with the volume of student travel alone and its only the student travel usage of the m3 that keeps this service on its 20 minute interval service throughout the day. It would be interesting to see passenger loadings on the m3 between Emersons Green and UWE in both directions outside of the peak hours but I don't think the relevant bodies will put a casual observer (usually a retired person) on the route to accurately record actual numbers using the service and give us council taxpayers exactly how much 'fresh air' is being carried between Emersons Green and UWE off peak, must be in the greater than 90% figure.

If they didn't see this one coming, they are dafter than I thought. What student, given the choice of a ride to town in a brand new bus that goes over the bus only bridge and doesn't stop at Begbrook would choose instead to ride on a 15-year old bus, going the long way round?

As for studies of usage, that won't be so straightforward now it's all one fare. It will need someone on board to count. I know that the issue of buses not stopping at Begbrook has been the subject of correspondence with the local MP as the councillors weren't getting very far.

Edit: The new timetable confirms that the M3X will be non-stop from Hambrook to Cabot Circus. A bit like the X48 service that was scrapped when MetroBust kicked off. Plus ca change, eh? This hasn't gone down well in the area around the Stoke Park and Begbrook stops.
10  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: December 13, 2018, 10:19:33 am
Seen a copy of new m3 timetable to be operated from 06.012.2019.

5 inbound morning peak services Hambrook - Cabot Circus and 7 outbound afternoon peak services Cabot Circus - Hambrook will operate directly between these locations, i.e.will not operate via UWE and the route designation will be m3x for these services.

That makes perfect sense, except that it will be an express express service, which I thought was expressly forbidden.
11  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: December 12, 2018, 04:52:54 pm
Think it varies driver to driver, as I've had some not even touch the brakes, others bring the speed right down to a few mph.

I've had one trip to the airport where the driver drove straight through at a constant speed, and got it absolutely perfect. The other drivers I have had experience of have slowed down, save one, who gave us rather a jolt.
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Crossrail - The Elizabeth Line - ongoing discussion, merged topics on: December 10, 2018, 10:43:42 am
Although I could make up some story that I really meant 1 milliard on the old long scale, it was a late night typo by me for £1bn. It was Harold Wilson who set that the Government would use the short scale numbers exclusively in 1974, contrary to past UK practice plus that extensively elsewhere in Europe.

As my grandfather used to say "Good old Mr Wilson!" I have no ideas whether he meant it or not. It makes perfect sense to use what I was told at school were the American definitions of billion and trillion. It avoids confusion, and also means no-one ever has to say that Crossrail costs sixteen thousand million.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Crossrail - The Elizabeth Line - ongoing discussion, merged topics on: December 10, 2018, 12:42:08 am
Crossrail set for further £1bn rescue as problems mount (FT)
FT reports Crossrail will seek £1M extra funding and full operation put back possibly more than a further year to late 2020.

Where is the other £999 million coming from?
14  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: December 10, 2018, 12:38:49 am

How did you pick that number, there are other numbers, G58 and G35 also.

where is G103?
15  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: December 09, 2018, 10:37:59 pm
There's a stretch of cycle path that runs alongside the MetroBus route between Brunel Way and the Ashton Swingbridge, which I just happened to be cycling along this afternoon when an A1 bus passed me heading for town. It slowed down, as it must, to engage its little wheels on the guideway, and from then on I was easily able to keep pace with it - until it got to the end of the guideway, when it sped off.

Did I miss a memo? I thought the point of the guideway was that it made the buses faster, not slower...

You're so funny...  Grin
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