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1  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Exeter Airport - Sat 04/07 Resumption Of Commercial Flights (COVID-19) on: Today at 07:06:20 am
The people have decided!? Despite the 'essential travel only' advice from the FCO regarding Spain , Ryanair have added mid-week services (Alicante<>Exeter - Tuesday evening & Malaga<>Exeter - Wednesday morning) to their schedule. I haven't checked but I would very surprised if the same is not happening at other regional airports.
2  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Marsh Barton Station on: August 01, 2020, 10:37:16 am
Hopefully this will now proceed without further delay. The only quibble I have is allowing private motor vehicle access to the station site - given it's principal raison d'Ítre it should be accessible only on foot, by bicycle or a frequent Marsh Barton Trading Estate shuttle bus service preferably using electric or hybrid vehicles.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Exeter Airport - Sat 04/07 Resumption Of Commercial Flights (COVID-19) on: July 27, 2020, 12:00:27 pm
...you can also helicopter from Penzance to either St Mary's or Tresco from £245 return!

Having just run through the booking process - as a test, I am not planning any trips just now - it appears to be £245 one-way and, therefore, £490 for a roundtrip.

It seems that the companies providing transport services between the mainland & IOS have settled on their target market!
4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Sillies from automated systems ... on: July 27, 2020, 11:42:47 am
At Digby & Sowton I have noticed that the 'The Next Train At Platform 1 Is The hhmm Service To Exmouth' PA announcement often kicks in after the train has departed. 
5  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Exeter Airport - Sat 04/07 Resumption Of Commercial Flights (COVID-19) on: July 27, 2020, 09:05:57 am
In other news...Isles of Scilly Skybus are resuming direct flights between Exeter & St.Marys later this week - Exeter>IOS on Wednesday and Friday in the opposite direction. Currently one has to get to Lands End Airport for an air service, otherwise it's the Scillonian ferry from Penzance - or your own boat! This is however most decidedly not Ryanair standard; an adult Exeter>IOS single will set you back £170 for the dubious privilege of being transported in a DHC6 Twin Otter (good views though).
6  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Exeter Airport - Sat 04/07 Resumption Of Commercial Flights (COVID-19) on: July 26, 2020, 08:16:09 am
Loganair commence flying between Edinburgh & Exeter tomorrow 27th July; somewhat earlier than we had been led to expect. Another former Flybe route. Starting with a seemingly random schedule the service settles down to a 'Daily except Wednesday' routine by the beginning of September. It can surely only be to the good that all flights at a particular regional airport are not in the hands of a single operator.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Exeter Airport - Sat 04/07 Resumption Of Commercial Flights (COVID-19) on: July 25, 2020, 07:51:33 am
The air travel situation in this neck of the woods is improving / deteriorating - depending on your view of such things - fairly rapidly; TUI have recently announced the recommencement of their full holiday schedule (5 European countries, 9 individual destinations) from/to Exeter from 1st August and Aer Lingus Regional (aka Stobart Air) are restarting the former Flymaybe Belfast City<>Exeter route on 28th August. A degree of confidence that they can succeed seems to be indicated by an initial 5 return flights per week with a stated aspiration to run daily by 'early 2021'.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IRJ: £1.2bn rail upgrade proposed for southwest Britain on: July 23, 2020, 03:46:58 pm
Looking at the image of the Monkerton bridge it appears to me that the main decking might be wide enough for, with a little engineering ingenuity, new sidewalls to be built 'outside' those that already exist to provide the necessary width clearance for double tracking.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Public transport -"essential travel only" replaced with "no staying away"? on: July 11, 2020, 10:47:58 am
.....Before Corvid...

In addition to a quite nasty virus are we now being attacked by an assortment of crows, ravens, rooks, etc which have been persuaded to follow Alfred Hitchcock's social media promptings?  Grin
10  All across the Great Western territory / Active travel: Cyclists and walkers, including how the railways deal with them / Re: E-scooter trials - but rental only. What do members think? on: July 03, 2020, 08:57:06 am
I will be sticking with my pedal cycle; I am unconvinced that allowing eScooters to use cycle paths/lanes - given the potential speed differential - is a good idea. Also does the ban on eScooters using pavements extend to footways which have been changed into shared pedestrian/cycle facilities?
11  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Exeter Airport - Sat 04/07 Resumption Of Commercial Flights (COVID-19) on: July 03, 2020, 08:47:10 am
Living directly under the take-off flight path when the wind is westerly(ish) I might not consider this qualifies as good news - 3 months+ of comparative quiet (rudely interrupted occasionally by an RAF C70 or A400M from Brize Norton using Exeter for 'circuits & bumps' training) has been most welcome.

First scheduled services Ryanair FR2796 Alicante 1435 > Exeter 1600 & FR2797 Exeter 1635 > Alicante 2000. (A short notice EXT>ALC ticket will set you back £145, possibly indicating a pretty full aircraft).

For the moment weekly Alicante<>Exeter (Saturday) & Malaga<>Exeter (Sunday) services are the limit of Ryanair's ambition.

Aurigny, Blue Islands & Loganair services to/from Guernsey, Jersey & Glasgow/Edinburgh/Manchester are currently pencilled in for various dates in August.

12  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Electric trains to Exeter? How do you see it happening? on: June 27, 2020, 07:05:18 pm
The much mentioned - by Network Rail anyway - rolling programme of 25kV electrification must proceed. The first fairly immediate step on the B&H should be wiring to Bedwyn, so the IET's can be replaced by 387's. Follow that with electrification in stages to Westbury (new electric service to include the projected Devizes Parkway station), Taunton & Exeter.

The electrification project teams have enough recent practice, particularly in terms of what not to do, on this route to complete the work in 5-7 years.

(At the same time perhaps the DfT & NR would care to remove their collective head from the orifice in which it currently resides and authorise full completion of the wiring on the routes to BRI.)
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The West - but NOT trains in the West / Re: Will there be enough places for your (UK-stay)cation this summer? on: June 26, 2020, 08:13:09 am
Judging by the very recent experiences of one of our sons, who currently resides in Yorkshire, booking a 'staycation' in Cornwall or Devon over the next few months would be an excellent idea but you won't be able to afford it!
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The West - but NOT trains in the West / Re: Monumental Lockdown: A period of Rejuvenation for Stonehenge on: June 22, 2020, 08:13:58 am
Certainly wasn't the last time the Royal Artillery had problems pointing things in the right direction.

Not RA specific, and on a much bigger scale, Singapore in February 1942 would probably be top of the list!
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / You're A Journalist? Really? on: May 29, 2020, 09:04:08 am
https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/met-office-expert-gives-verdict-4171331

Towards the end of the specified article the author has referenced something called the 'fern effect'. As somebody who has a significant grounding in Earth Sciences I immediately knew that the Met Office rep was actually referring to the 'foehn effect'.

How standards have slipped!
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