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1  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: Great British Railway Journeys - Michael Portillo's television series on: January 16, 2018, 10:21:00 PM
One of the responses to that tweet:

"... done up like Rupert Bear on acid."

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2  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Virgin Trains to stop selling Daily Mail on: January 16, 2018, 10:07:22 PM


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3  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Carillion - railway contractor / public services provider - financial concerns, 2017/18, now in on: January 16, 2018, 08:51:07 PM
Meanwhile, Treasury minister Liz Truss told the Commons on Tuesday that "it would be completely wrong for a public company that got itself in this state to be bailed out by the state".

Unless they are banks. I strongly suspect that if the banking crisis in the last decade had happened under a Conservative administration the banks would have been bailed out just the same.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / A358 dualling in Somerset. New consultation launched. on: January 16, 2018, 05:06:42 PM
Today, 16th January 2018, Highways England have begun a new consultation on capacity improvements to the A358 between the A303 at Ilminster (Southfields) and junction 25 of the M5 for Taunton.

The previous consultation only offered up one option and was roundly criticised by the majority of interested parties.

Highways England have now produced a further three options, and are showcasing these at various events in the area.

Information on the new consultation, along with details of the new options can be found on the Highways England website.

https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/taunton-to-southfields-dualling-scheme/

As someone who uses the A358 between Chard and Taunton/M5 on a regular basis, I have a keen interest in this consultation. I'm reading through the options and plan to attend one of the events in the coming days. Then I'll make my decision on which option I think is best.

I know we are a rail forum primarily, but I think this scheme is an important and much needed transport infrastructure improvement for Somerset and beyond. I've used it on numerous occasions to get to Taunton station!

I'd be interested to hear others opinions.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Other ways to travel: cycle routes, cycles, and how the railways deal with them / Re: IEP luggage racks on: January 16, 2018, 02:04:19 PM
As could a wheelie case that's been wheeled on a rainy day.

I was once sat on a Class 150 and complained to the TE that water was dripping from the roof onto me. Turned out it was my damp wheelie case!
6  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Virgin Trains to stop selling Daily Mail on: January 16, 2018, 02:44:35 AM
,it's gratifying that Beardie has acknowledged his error and reversed his position.

Not his error. The 'error' was on the part of more principled managers, with a better moral compass, at Virgin Trains.
7  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Carillion - railway contractor / public services provider - financial concerns, 2017/18, now in on: January 16, 2018, 12:25:49 AM
Has the liquidator stopped work, otherwise for the moment still is...

A company in liquidation, rather than administration, ceases trading. So it should be refered to in the past tense.

Carillion had no viable parts of its business that an administrator could continue to run. It also had no viable assets for an administrator to sell to keep the business going until a buyer could be found.

Carillion was, in short, up a certain creek with no paddle.
8  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Carillion - railway contractor / public services provider - financial concerns, 2017/18, now in on: January 16, 2018, 12:10:13 AM
I'm reading elsewhere that HMG did plan to throw a life line this morning.

Unfortunately, due to a civil servant's typo, they bailed out Marillion instead.

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9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: SandTEngineers Spot the Railway Location Photograph Quiz on: January 15, 2018, 11:16:04 PM
My first though was that someone had reversed the colours of St Piran's flag.  Tongue Wink Grin
10  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Carillion - railway contractor / public services provider - financial concerns, 2017/18, now in liquidation on: January 15, 2018, 10:40:20 PM
The scale of the problems caused by Carillion's collapse is shown by the fact that HMG has, this afternoon (Monday 15th January 2018), convened a meeting of the government's emergency response committee, Cobra.


Edited to correct year to 2018. Carillion have been in trouble for a while, but Cobra hasn't been sitting since January last year!
11  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Carillion - railway contractor / public services provider - financial concerns, 2017/18, now in liquidation on: January 15, 2018, 06:53:26 PM
Somerset County Council won't now get any recompense for the poor workmanship and delays to the Inner Relief Road in Taunton.

SCC were suing Carillion. The road was opened 27 months late. Carillion also tapped SCC for an extra 3 million to complete the job after seemingly under-bidding for the contract. Although the road is open there is still outstanding work - drainage, surface dressing, pavements - that needs completing.
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Carillion - railway contractor / public services provider - financial concerns, 2017/18, now in liquidation on: January 15, 2018, 02:11:49 PM
HMG at least did the right thing eventually, by doing nothing to prevent Carillion going bust.

Whether they should have continued awarding large contracts over the past year is questionable.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Other ways to travel: cycle routes, cycles, and how the railways deal with them / Re: IEP luggage racks on: January 14, 2018, 09:49:47 PM
A Brompton fits the overhead racks and can be safely stowed.

One falling on your bonce would injure, but then, so would a similar weight hardshell case.
14  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Plane comes off Bristol Airport runway after landing on: January 14, 2018, 09:44:22 PM
"Runway excursion incident"

Well done to the airline for stating the bleedin' obvious.

Now, what would cause such a deviation from the centre line?
15  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Virgin Trains to stop selling Daily Mail on: January 13, 2018, 08:54:47 PM
The next step has been taken.



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