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1  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: Yesterday at 11:07:51 am
... currently referred to as Callowhill Court (Will that name stick? Hannah Callowhill, although feted in the USA, was married to William Penn, who was a bit a slave trader).
William Penn, the noted Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania, a bit of a slave trader? Seems highly unlikely. His father, the admiral, might have been. As for Callowhill, I don't think the name will be widely associated with a person at all (which doesn't mean it will stick though).

Yes I do mean him, but I'm guilty of terminological inexactitude: He owned them, rather than trading them. 12 in number, and being (as you say) a Quaker he tried to be nice to them, which I'm sure made them fell absolutely fine about the whole thing. Tongue

Hannah is (as you say) not that well known in this country, or indeed probably outside Pennsylvania, but the truth is out there...
2  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Not just GWR... on: Yesterday at 09:35:50 am
An honest question: Is this because every iota of contingency has been value-engineered into thin air?
3  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: May 20, 2018, 09:56:40 pm
Wine Street; ah, Wine Street. Bristol's main shopping street for maybe a touch less than 800 years, and look at it now. And don't blame the Luftwaffe; blame the planners.

Anyway where was I? Oh yeah: The 'Broadmead' brand is getting stretched a bit thin, isn't it? Once there was just Broadmead, then The Galleries, that transmogriified into the Mallory Galleries (or something); then we had the Merchant's Quarter Cabot Circus, and now they're about to knock down another chunk of it, currently referred to as Callowhill Court (Will that name stick? Hannah Callowhill, although feted in the USA, was married to William Penn, who was a bit a slave trader).

Maybe they should code the bus stops 'T', for 'The shops'.
4  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Crossrail for Bristol? on: May 17, 2018, 03:08:17 pm
Interesting - not a million miles from the Bristol and Clifton Railway Company's 1861 plan to build Bristol Central in Queen Square, with a line under the docks terminating at Brandon Hill. Things move so quickly round here, you could go dizzy - or is that the effect of the mushrooms?
5  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: May 16, 2018, 10:02:03 am
Cycle paths!  Smiley Wink Cheesy Grin Cool Huh Roll Eyes Tongue Embarrassed Lips sealed Undecided Kiss Cry
6  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: Train lines closed in 1960s under Dr Beeching report could be reopened on: May 12, 2018, 06:57:14 pm
I may be getting confused here: am I right in thinking that one of the objectors is Amber Grob, formerly Minister for Undrinkable Coffee?
7  Journey by Journey / Heathrow Express, Connect etc / Re: Consultation: Western Rail Link to Heathrow (11/5/2018 - 22/6/2018) on: May 11, 2018, 08:24:52 pm
I am in awe, stuving, I really am! Smiley
8  Journey by Journey / Heathrow Express, Connect etc / Re: Consultation: Western Rail Link to Heathrow (11/5/2018 - 22/6/2018) on: May 11, 2018, 06:15:25 pm
Intrigued to know what an 'intersection bridge' is. Would it be the thing that in the olden days we used to refer to as a 'bridge'?
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Bristol Undergound on: May 10, 2018, 11:23:21 pm
I'm going to let others comment on that; I am not a Bristolian and have enough different views and thoughts from experts, politicians and residents without me (none of those three) chucking another load of specifics and ideas in.  If it were me, I might suggest that Portishead could be served by a branch off a redoubled Severn Beach line at Sea Mills to Pill - a few hundred yards of straight and level track, with (admittedly) a bridge, that would make a huge saving through the gorge.

The problem with a bridge at Pill is headroom.  I believe that the requirement for tall ships to reach Bristol (which resulted in the very high M5 bridge at Avonmouth) still applies so your bridge will need to be a swing bridge.

Sea Mills - Change here for ferry to Pill.

You'd be better by far in the Duke or the Star...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9rZdEXRqt8
10  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: May 10, 2018, 10:44:54 pm
Thanks metalrail - I only get to see half of that from the Severn Riviera Limited.

Delighted to see that NR have added colourful decorations to the spraycrete - much of their work is so... utilitatian. I note that those bits of spare pointwork are still sat on the platform at Stapleton Road; wonder if they'll ever get round to recovering them?

11  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: May 10, 2018, 10:22:44 pm
.... let's not get away from the fact that the roadworks at The Centre constitute an improvement ....

Evidently you are too young to remember how the Centre looked in the early 1950's


Hey, you're arguing with the wrong bloke here - I wrote the Wikipedia article on The Centre. Wink

To be fair, I don't remember it from before the '57 remodelling, but it stayed much the same for 31 years after that - a God-forsaken stinking racetrack with hideous over-manicured lawns and only regimented Golden Irish Yews to lighten the mood. Anyone who hankers after that probably is probably nostalgic about  rickets and diphtheria.
12  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: May 04, 2018, 09:25:12 am

They're gonna use two of the remaining 57 in the hour for the re-routed Thornbury service 79 which will become the T1 and start from Colston Street which is effectively a cul-de-sac after all the upheaval and revamping in the centre and hope they've tested the feasibility of the buses to adequately perform a three point turn at the bottom of Colston Street outside the Colston Hall.

I'm all for criticising JustaBus, but let's not get away from the fact that the roadworks at The Centre constitute an improvement - it has been a hellish mess since they put the Inner Circuit Road through, so the upheaval of finally burying that was well worthwhile.

As for turning buses: I dare say they'll use the, er,  bus turning circle at the junction of Prince St and King St. Probably a bit easier than grahame's example!
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Henbury Loop Train Service on: May 01, 2018, 03:55:38 pm
An enhanced solution to Bristol's congestion problems can be achieved with a "3 loop solution".
Please refer attached.

I like it! Looks like a bedraggled spider wiv a big maaf! Which is how I feel a lot of the time.
14  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: April 29, 2018, 07:57:04 pm
We could always look for a precedent - presumably at least one of the hundreds of other operators worldwide who use this sort of system will have come up with a good answer.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Ten days in the life of ... ; in pictures on: April 29, 2018, 10:14:18 am
I'll let someone else have No.6..!
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