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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Pilning - the station, services, viability and closure of down platform - ongoing discussion on: Yesterday at 01:00:21 am
Today, allowing for inflation, that single fare for an 8hp+ car would be around 25.

I suppose the calculation back then would have been the time/cost of the trip through the tunnel, versus the time/cost for the Aust Ferry. Or versus the drive via Gloucester. Other influences would be one's susceptibility to seasickness, the vagaries of tides in the estuary that sometimes stopped the ferries from running, and ultimate destination.

The Severn Bridge certainly reduced the cost of the crossing. Today, that cost is zero.

Anyone know how much the ferry cost in the early 1950s? I've tried Google but no joy.
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Caption competition. on: April 18, 2019, 10:50:08 pm
The legislation, the Equality Act 2010, only refers to assistance dogs.

However, it could be possible to bring a case under the act for general discrimination if a disabled person and their assistance horse were denied access to a business or service.

There are only a few assistance horses in the UK at present but there are already people advocating a change in the wording of the act, from 'dog' to 'animal'.

Another article about Digby:

If small horses are allowed in hospitals then I don't think there's any justifiable reason to deny them access to businesses and services. Yes, I've seen a small horse in a hospital. When my stepfather was in Yeovil District Hospital over Christmas 2017 he was visited by a Shetland pony!

3  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Park and ride developments - Lyme Regis on: April 18, 2019, 01:39:04 pm
Any one who doesn't have control of their dog and doesn't clear up after them should be dealt with as laws and byelaws allow.

To ban all dog owners for the actions of a few is an overreaction.

I agree with summer bans when beaches are busy, but late autumn through to late spring, when the beaches are quieter, should see them remain available for dog exercise.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Park and ride developments - Lyme Regis on: April 18, 2019, 10:09:33 am
There are people in Lyme pressing for an all year ban. The result of too many dogs not being under proper control.
They are allowed on Monmouth, Cobb Gate and East Beach all year. This link provides useful information

I always check where and where not Finn is allowed to go. Fully aware of the high season restrictions in Lyme.

If the locals want a year round ban then we'll go elsewhere. Taking the lunch/pint/shop spend with us.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Park and ride developments - Lyme Regis on: April 18, 2019, 09:14:09 am
Lyme Regis is one of my go to places for dog walkies. However, even off season it can be a pain to park.

I avoid Lyme Regis during the summer though. Not because traffic and tourists become unbearable, but because Finn isn't allowed on the beach from May to September!
6  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Re: Climate change protests to target overground? on: April 17, 2019, 06:33:56 pm
Government inaction? The UK has reduced carbon dioxide emissions more than any other country in the G20 since 2010.

A large part of that reduction is thanks to renewable energy generation. Wind power is now contributing close to 20% of the UK's electricity. Solar generation is approaching 4%. Total renewable energy generation in the UK now stands at 30%. Up from less than 5% fifteen years ago. A remarkable achievement that should be applauded.

That could easily reach 50% by 2030 and with the will of government we could have nuclear solely picking up the balance by 2040. Meaning the UK could be totally free of fossil fuel electricity generation before mid 21st century.

I agree with TG. In this area of policy, governments of the last fifteen years have been far from inactive.

The current protests are misguided.

7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: My final ride on a full length HST? on: April 17, 2019, 03:17:08 pm
I wish!

I did sit in the secondman's seat of a Class 57 used by GWR the other day. It wasn't going very fast though.

8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: My final ride on a full length HST? on: April 17, 2019, 03:12:21 pm
Just bought my ticket and reserved my seat.
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: South Western Railways says it wasn't to blame for blocking Flying Scotsman view on: April 17, 2019, 12:04:15 am
SWR/SWT have form for daring to operate their scheduled services for the benefit of passengers rather than kettle spotters.

10  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: Locomotive haulage in The Valleys from May (2019) on: April 15, 2019, 09:32:48 pm
There are also rumours of TfW hiring in two HST sets to cover for maintenance needs in the Class 175 fleet used between South and North Wales.
11  Journey by Journey / Chiltern Railways services / Re: Drivers fighting Banbury train station car park operator over "unfair fines" on: April 15, 2019, 10:12:26 am
For the record, nobody has been fined. Only a court can do that.

Folk have been issued speculative invoices (Parking Charge Notice) for perceived infringement of rules or alleged non-payment of parking tariffs.

With the Private Parking Company Britannia and Chiltern adamant that Chiltern do not have an interest in the car park any more (I suspect Chiltern do, having merely engaged Britannia to 'manage') then neither should have recourse to Railway Byelaws to enforce parking 'rules'.

What's needed is for motorists to start challenging the PCNs. Not just meekly paying up.
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: East Midlands, South Eastern & West Coast Franchise Updates April 2019 on: April 15, 2019, 10:01:45 am
We are more likely to see the likes of SNCF and DB buying into UK railway

Deutsche Bahn are looking to sell their UK based subsidiary, Arriva.

SNCF do not operate, and have never bid for, franchises in their own right. They've only ever been a minority partner in bids. Their subsidiary Keolis (which they 70% own) operates one heavy rail franchise in the UK, Transport for Wales, but that is a joint 50/50 partnership with Amey. Keolis are also minority partners in Govia, the operators of the Govia Thameslink Railway and Southeastern franchises.

SNCF's involvement in UK heavy rail is very diluted. To the extent that UK listed companies are the majority partner in any venture they are involved in. I don't see that changing.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: Train named after Cornish 9/11 hero Rick Rescorla on: April 14, 2019, 06:26:45 pm
Those who do Facebook (link may work without log in) can view the second naming ceremony for 802008, 'Solomon Browne' here:
14  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: 13.4.2019 - Longrock depot open day on: April 14, 2019, 04:14:23 pm
A selection of images from the open day.

15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Pianos at Stations on: April 14, 2019, 02:54:58 pm
in fact I was sometimes hankering for the odd "Les Dawson" moment.

Here you are then.

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