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1  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Bristol's Temple Gate layout change planned in ^21m revamp on: Yesterday at 10:48:20 pm
Apparently Marv's plan is to relocate Bristol's main railway station to a new location near Stoke Gifford...
2  All across the Great Western territory / Other ways to travel: cycle routes, cycles, and how the railways deal with them / Re: Halifax - Keighley cycle route through tunnel? on: July 20, 2018, 11:15:20 pm
I seem to remember that the safety argument was used by those who opposed the Two Tunnels scheme in Bath...
3  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Bristol's Temple Gate layout change planned in ^21m revamp on: July 20, 2018, 08:53:19 am
I think you could describe it as more-or-less a Quango.

A fizzy orange drink?  Tongue

Near enough. https://youtu.be/CroeBR_xMQY
4  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Bristol's Temple Gate layout change planned in ^21m revamp on: July 19, 2018, 07:44:34 pm
...another BCC offshoot, the Temple Quarter.

Not really a BCC offshoot; it's an Enterprize Zone - I think you could describe it as more-or-less a Quango.

And Broughton House, I think, you could more-or-less describe as a block of flats.
5  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Bristol's Temple Gate layout change planned in ^21m revamp on: July 19, 2018, 05:54:05 pm
I can't speak for FTN, obviously, but it's certainly the first I've heard of it. CHP is generally a good thing (I think) but it's not clear from this https://www.energyservicebristol.co.uk/business/heat-networks/ that the heat network they speak of is actually CHP – it sounds more like district heating.

Maybe that's what Marv has up his sleeve - instead of the Arenal, we're getting a CHP power station fuelled by unicorn farts.
6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Renamed trains on: July 19, 2018, 12:20:15 pm
Just checking: Has anyone suggested 'Trainy McTrainface'?
7  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Bristol's Temple Gate layout change planned in ^21m revamp on: July 19, 2018, 11:45:33 am
For them as finds this kind of thing entertaining, here is a drone's-eye view of the future road layout outside Temple Meads: https://youtu.be/RXsDo_mYRfc

Apparently it's all been delayed because they discovered the wrong kind of cellar when they got their diggers out... see, it's not just 'the railway' that cocks this kind of thing up. It's almost like it would be quite a good idea for someone to record where all the services were buried - if only we had access to the kind of technology that would make that cheap and easy.

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Council apologises for extended Temple Circus roadworks

Major works to improve the Temple Circus junction have been extended due to unforeseen problems on the site.

The scheme is now due to be completed in autumn 2019 following a series of unexpected discoveries under the road – unrecorded electricity cables and water pipes as well as uncharted cellars under the roundabout and Victoria Street – all requiring major change to the planned programme. The installation of heat networks, vital to meeting the city’s carbon reduction targets, have also added an extra layer of complexity to the project, making progress slower than expected.

Source: Bristol Temple Quarter

8  All across the Great Western territory / Other ways to travel: cycle routes, cycles, and how the railways deal with them / Re: Bath's Combe Down Two Tunnels railway path project on: July 18, 2018, 09:37:35 am
For anyone who is going to do the round trip including the K&A towpath, which I would thoroughly recommend, note that the towpath does get very busy with pedestrians, particularly at weekends, not to mention anglers, boat users and others.

Is there scope for a dual carriageway towpath - left bank towards Bath, right bank towards Reading?

No.
9  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Turbos on Severn Beach line from 03 Jul 17 on: July 17, 2018, 01:52:58 pm
Is anyone in the know if the Beach Line is running again? Don't want to pootle down to Redland Station later if the signalling issues that scuppered yesterday's services have not been fixed yet.

Normal today so far

Just had an entertaining morning trip MTP - BRI - BPW - BRI - MTP, just for the fun of it. Everything seemed to be running just fine; lots of orange folk about doing this and that, and not a Lambeg drum in sight.
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Portishead Line reopening for passengers - ongoing discussion on: July 17, 2018, 10:31:42 am
... there hasn't been a single freight train that has used the line since it was 'resignalled' back in April 2018. 

Blimey. How come?
11  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: July 16, 2018, 03:12:39 pm
Well that saves me the bother of posting the identical photo I took yesterday!  Smiley
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: The London Underground on: July 16, 2018, 10:26:19 am
A propos:

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From The BBC:

World Cup 2018: Tube station named Gareth Southgate

A London Underground station has been temporarily named after England's football manager.

Southgate Tube station was rebranded Gareth Southgate station from Monday morning for 48 hours, after the squad finished fourth in the World Cup.

It was England's best result since 1990 when they also lost in the semi-final.

"We're delighted to be able to show our appreciation to Gareth and the team by renaming the station in his honour," Transport for London said.

The Piccadilly Line station, in Enfield, north London, will display the manager's name on its signs until the end of Tuesday.
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Has banksy been trespassing on railway property? on: July 16, 2018, 10:17:23 am
I had heard that 60009 was turin the area... but probably best if my thoughts on this matter remain shrouded in mystery.
14  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Tardis - the latest way to travel around Bristol? on: July 15, 2018, 11:21:28 pm
Warmley. And isn't it a 'Turdis'?
15  All across the Great Western territory / Other ways to travel: cycle routes, cycles, and how the railways deal with them / Re: Bath's Combe Down Two Tunnels railway path project on: July 15, 2018, 10:39:57 am
On a very hot day a couple of weeks ago, together with a friend who's a bit of a fair-weather cyclist, I went there on a bike ride starting at Newbridge Road Park and Ride. We headed out to Dundas on the K&A towpath, looped round through Monkton Combe (initially talking in a bit of the Somerset Coal Canal and Camerton Branch), getting onto the S&D at what was Midford Goods, before crossing over Tucking Mill viaduct and heading back into Bath via the Two Tunnels. An excellent ride on a hot day - plenty of shade (especially in the tunnels!), and not too far at around 25km. I meant to take a 'where was I today' photo in Combe Down tunnel, but I was so carried away with the amazingness of the whole enterprise that I clean forgot!

If you haven't been yet, go!
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