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1  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: June 21, 2018, 06:51:12 pm
Hello, is there a good reason the M3 doesn't do a loop of the city centre, following the route of the M2, before heading back north? Surely a fast bus between Temple Meads and UWE would be very beneficial and well used.

I like that suggestion but not a loop, just continue to Temple Meads via Prince Street, The Grove, Redcliffe Way and the Temple Mead Gyratory returning the same way but if the higher ups decree it should be a loop then I for one would be "just content" with that.
2  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: June 21, 2018, 06:42:35 pm
I wondered about that. If you did want to go from UWE to Temple Meads for some strange reason, like catching a train, you would need to change buses or walk. There seems to be only one common bus stop, and I haven't seen anything to say you can do it on one ticket. Which you would expect from a groundbreaking integrated transport system, like what the Welsh are getting.


Why not use the UWE to Temple Meads bus from UWE to Temple Meads, the 71, I think, without changing buses and on one single ticket. The First Bus Bristol Inner Zone day ticket will give a days travel within the Inner Zone or at a slightly higher price, the Bristol Rider day ticket which permits travel on any bus operators services in the Inner Zone. At a higher price, the Bristol Outer Zone ticket covers the area from Bath to Weston-Super-Mare. down south to Wells and north to Thornbury and Chipping Sodbury with the Avon Rider ticket covering all operators services in the outer Zone. If it is still marketed, the First day ticket which permitted travel on First Group buses in the Bristol Outer Zone and First Group rail services between Bath and Weston-Super-Mare and to Bristol Parkway and Yate.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Knock on effects - trains out of place on: June 18, 2018, 06:44:26 am
The 06:00 off Penzance (is that still scheduled to be the castle) is a really heavy loader with people coming in to Devonport and Plymouth for education - the part of the route that's been cut. 

The 06:47 off Penzance, an HST, will now call additionally at Devonport.

.... which will no doubt make many dockyard workers late for work this morning, case for a claim for consequential loss ?
4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Heathfield Branch Line - freight use and campaign to restore passenger services on: June 18, 2018, 06:31:46 am
According to their Facebook page, they have already had a conversation with Party People Mover and Vivarail. They were informed by Vivarail that purchasing a two car deisel/battery unit would be something in the region of 2.5 million if I recall correctly.

And having a single unit still leaves the question "what do we do when it needs an overhaul or is otherwise unavailable?".

I love the idea of a "Party People Mover".   I know that's an unintended autocorrect ... but it set me wondering about the idea of special trains for parties and other big events.

Why not trial a Parry People Mover as a tourist attraction like they did on the Bristol Harbour line a few years ago, caused quite a stir at the time if I remember.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Knock on effects - trains out of place on: June 18, 2018, 05:56:10 am
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06:00 Penzance to Exeter St Davids due 09:16
06:00 Penzance to Exeter St Davids due 09:16 will be started from Plymouth.
It will no longer call at Penzance, St Erth, Hayle, Camborne, Redruth, Truro, St Austell, Par, Lostwithiel, Bodmin Parkway, Liskeard, Menheniot, St Germans, Saltash, St Budeaux Ferry Road, Keyham, Dockyard and Devonport.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.
Additional Information
Cancellation as a result of alterations yesterday (Sunday 17th) causing a shortage of available trains in Penzance for the start of today's service.

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07:03 London Paddington to Paignton due 10:11
07:03 London Paddington to Paignton due 10:11 will be started from Newton Abbot.
It will no longer call at London Paddington, Reading, Newbury, Pewsey, Westbury, Taunton, Tiverton Parkway and Exeter St Davids.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.
Additional Information
Cancellation as a result of alterations yesterday (Sunday 17th) causing a shortage of available trains in London for the start of today's service.

Two nice ones to cancel. The 06:00 off Penzance (is that still scheduled to be the castle) is a really heavy loader with people coming in to Devonport and Plymouth for education - the part of the route that's been cut.  And the first westbound train from Pewsey this morning will now almost be this afternoon!



BUT GWR are contradicting themselves for first of all stating shortage of train crew for both these cancellations and latterly stating a shortage of available trains in Penzance and London, which is it, shortage of trains or shortage of train crew in Plymouth and Newton Abbot  Undecided
6  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Melkham Platform extension under way on: June 17, 2018, 07:35:25 pm
You have forgotten:

5  Electrification of the doubled track.


S o r r y .
7  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Melkham Platform extension under way on: June 17, 2018, 07:26:11 pm
1. Melkham Platform extension under way




.... then 2. clearing the vegetation on the upside

.... for 3. doubling the line before

....  finally 4. building platform 2.
8  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Seagulls nest in OHL gantry. on: June 17, 2018, 06:49:04 pm
Whilst waiting for a bus into Bristol yesterday I was gazing up at a gantry which had been installed for some weeks now on the operational overrun from Westerleigh Junction towards Yate station.

A seagull fluttered down and landed on the top of the gantry and then hopped down onto the lower ledge of the gantry and disappeared through one of the diamond holes in the RSJ which forms part of this gantry and then I noticed there was what looked like a nest between the two RSJs forming the gantry. Then another flutter and it was a second seagull inside the gantry but not being "a twitter" I couldn't establish whether it was the first seagulls mate or a seagull chick which had been reared at that location. So engrossed in that activity I did'nt see my bus approaching and hurriedly put my hand out to stop the bus which luckily it did. Will keep an eye out for further activity but there is no likelihood of singed seagulls here cos there is no live wires at present.

Whilst walking to and waiting at the same stop this morning I noticed seagull activity on the same gantry, two adult birds on the top of gantry plus one hatched chick and then on the lower ledge of the RSJ was a second chick with the two adults squawking like mad as if saying, "flap yer wings and come and join us up here and see the view" but unfortunately the bus came and I was denied the sight of what may have been a "maiden flight".

Driving past the said gantry this afternoon I noted that the dangly bits had been added in the last few days and all missing dangly bits to all other ganties and booms that were devoid of them earlier in the week, sadly it looks if Mr. and Mrs. Seagull and family have also been evicted from their gantry home in the process.
9  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Thameslink on: June 16, 2018, 05:11:14 am
I think Charles Horton has either quit before he was pushed or been made a scapegoat with a lovely golden handshake.

NR and the DfT are not totally blameless with the situation on GTR, yet itís the M.D. of the private TOC that pays the price. This is just an attempt to appease the passenger.  Give it some time and the M.D. merry go round will be in full swing!


Things will "improve" when that Mark Hopwood fellow hears there's a vacancy for a "top dog" over at Thameslink and applies successfully, then we might see an improvement on GWR, who knows, the 17:whatsit to Hereford might even get past Oxford occasionally.
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Portishead Line reopening for passengers - ongoing discussion on: June 16, 2018, 05:00:29 am
According to the Bristol Evening Post, North Somerset has worked with Gloucestershire County Council and Wiltshire Council to apply for money for the Portishead Line by submitting 'an expression of interest' in the government's Transforming Cities Fund'. Not sure what the chances are there nor why the other two councils would want to get involved. Come to think of it, I'm not sure what the fund is intended to achieve.

North Somerset got some hope, they did not want to be part of WECA and they sure do not even share a boundary with either Gloucestershire or Wiltshire. 
11  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Costs of congestion on: June 15, 2018, 05:59:37 pm
I'd also add the emotional impact of delays. I see it on a regular basis in my office when people turn up late after delays. Many are angry and frustrated others are upset. It's not only the missed meetings or shift start but I've found a bad journey stays with me for some of the day and probably makes me less productive or certainly less diplomatic.

Yes definitely. There was a piece on the radio a few minutes ago about a woman who had a breakdown after it was announced on the train she was sat on that it wouldn't be stopping at her station because of delays, and she had to sit on it watching her station pass by. It was the last straw, and she went to her doctor with stress and was laid up.

Yea I heard that, the missed station was Redhill.
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Thameslink on: June 15, 2018, 05:18:22 pm
He's not the only one who should be considering their position.

BBC Radio 4 just had an item on this and the reporter concluded the report by saying "and many customers are saying to me that Chris Grayling ought to be the next one to follow him along the plank".
13  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: June 14, 2018, 07:11:24 pm
Well it WAS MetroBust today. Waiting at the P&R stop today a, probably empty, vehicle passed heading for the next and last stop at Emersons Green terminus but was conspicuous in being a red liveried vehicle. Never mind, minutes later it appeared and all appeared fine. The journey seemed to be progressing without incident and the Ring Road traffic was a little bit heavier than on my previous journeys, probably due to a combination of the strong wind and the drizzle issuing from on high. When we arrived at UWE there was another vehicle at the M3 stop with a high-viz jacket wearing mechanic standing with the waiting passengers. Our driver hared off and spoke to the mechanic and returned to our bus and ordered everyone off and join the other bus but was very pleasant about it as his words were something like, "please would you all transfer to the bus in front for the remainder of your journey, I shall be driving" which we all did and this together with the heavier traffic resulted in leaving UWE 17 minutes late and thus picking up passengers for the next service which in theory should have been just 3 minutes behind us thus resulting in standing pax but non were left at any stop. A passenger spoke to the mechanic who said there was a minor fault on the vehicle and they did not want it breaking down on the M32. whilst we were stopped at Stoke Lane, the next stop from UWE, the original vehicle passed us and turned left onto the bus only road to the M32, stopping at the Allotments stop to advise pax of the delay and preceded us on the the M32 where we lost it in the dust. We finally arrived at the City Centre at about 22 minutes behind schedule. Oh well these things do happen. thats life !!!!
14  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / New Trains From Portishead, Well Portbury Actually on: June 14, 2018, 06:31:11 pm
Following a tip-off ;-

http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/O08611/2018/06/14/advanced

Was a light engine move from Leicester today to Portbury for tomorrows ;-

http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/O09026/2018/06/15/advanced

move to Manchester for new imported passenger stock.

Todays move was supposed to be 2 X GbRF 66's plus 2 barrier vehicles.

Anyone any clues.
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Unusual route on: June 13, 2018, 02:39:43 pm
.... Can an automated system make a typo?

.... unless its been told Melksham is between Thatcham and Theale and Midgham in the intermediate station on the TransWilts line between Chippenham and Trowbridge !!!!

Would it be that the WC to Padd service was capped at Midgham and a Zulu path put into the system to reverse from Midgham to operate via Melksham and Swindon to Padd.
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