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 on: Today at 12:07:35 pm 
Started by grahame - Last post by froome
I think the 3rd photo is Taunton bound for Minehead....or perhaps Clovelly..... Huh

Whereas the second is obviously Severn Beach, with a remarkably placid Severn at high tide.  Grin

 on: Today at 11:48:11 am 
Started by grahame - Last post by grahame
Alterations to services between Bath Spa and Chippenham
Due to trespassers on the railway between Bath Spa and Chippenham the line is blocked.
Train services running through these stations may be delayed by up to 45 minutes or diverted. Disruption is expected until 13:00 24/03.

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We're sorry for journey disruption today.

We will update this message with more information when we have it.

Stagecoach bus route 55: Swindon (Bus Station) - Chippenham (Station) are conveying passengers between Chippenham and Swindon in both directions until further notice. Arrangements have been made for Great Western Railway rail tickets to be accepted for these journeys.

1. I notice that there's no ticket acceptance on the x31 Bath to Chippenham bus.   I know that a sudden influx of passengers bursts capacity on the x31, and that the service is painfully slow if taken all the way, but never the less ...

2. When Box tunnel was closed for almost-electrification, Bradford Junction reversal signalling was added, so it should be possible to maintain all station calls.  I note that reversal is hardly ever used ... I wonder why that is (and I'm very sad that the Bradford North Curve was no re-instated instead of the reversal there even though it was in the initial plans.

3. Once the Westbury - Swindon service is up to an appropriate (i.e. hourly) frequency,  a Swindon to Chippenham (direct) and Chippenham to Bath (change at Trowbridge) will be available whenever Thingley Junction to Bathampton Junction is closed.

 on: Today at 11:40:30 am 
Started by infoman - Last post by Noggin
Just a it seemed to me that WECA» (West of England Combined Authority - about) or more specifically our Metro Mayor had put the whole issue of underground mass transit out of the question, along comes this different take on matters from New Civil Engineer:

So, is it back on with WECA or isn't it?  I'm confused (as regulars to the Coffee Shop will likely already know).

Or perhaps it was just horse-trading? WECA pay £13.8m consultants fee to kick the project into the grass long enough for Marv to be out of office. Marv gets to say "I got this transformational idea to the next stage". Marv stops blocking WECA. WECA include in the report scope some stuff they might actually be interested in.

In the scope of the report they include a bunch of stuff 

 on: Today at 11:34:02 am 
Started by infoman - Last post by Noggin
Has anyone actually managed to connect to the site


Because I have not.

I see a login page but if you go to in Google Chrome and ignore the security messages you can see something on the A38 upgrade which may or may not be news.

 on: Today at 11:26:55 am 
Started by ChrisB - Last post by Noggin
Have lost the link but the strategy document (which I presume this is based on) published a few weeks ago is an interesting read, very pragmatic and well thought out.

It's a shame that the headline figure is the one that's got picked up as it outlined a lot of relatively inexpensive things that could be done within this decade to get station re-openings and services to half hourly (including Portishead branch), with the big-ticket items such as quadrupling in the more distant future when presumably they could be avoided no more.

As I read it I wondered if the extent of the quadrupling proposed was a tactic to get Bristol Parkway to Westerleigh Jcn (which is probably the most needed) over the line. 

IIRC (if I recall/remember/read correctly), Electrification was only mentioned once but was effectively "electrify all the things"

There was also the separate union connectivity review which seemed to be a rather nice excuse to get funding from Westminster for a lot of new stations in South East Wales (no problem with that, good on em)

 on: Today at 11:19:56 am 
Started by grahame - Last post by chuffed
I think the 3rd photo is Taunton bound for Minehead....or perhaps Clovelly..... Huh

 on: Today at 09:04:07 am 
Started by ChrisB - Last post by Red Squirrel
Looks like they were filmed at Glass Wharf, which is where Burges Salmon have their offices.

This initiative seems to be backed by the Western Gateway Partnership, which is not to be confused with the Western Gateway STB. The Partnership covers Bristol, Cardiff, Newport and Bath, while the STB covers Bristol, Bath and Bournemouth-Christchurch-Poole. It’s confusing!

The STB has backed a strategy which would see four tracking from Bristol Parkway to Westerleigh and Keynsham to Bath, as well as capacity improvements between the Severn Tunnel and Bristol Parkway (Pilning anyone?). It’s easy to see how this could soak up a fair chunk of the £8bn they quote, especially if we add electrification to the mix.

 on: Today at 07:32:58 am 
Started by SandTEngineer - Last post by eightonedee
There's a good interpretation centre at Cruachan I would highly recommend if you are in the area. I recall that the display and film showed a lack of high vis, hard hats etc. during construction, and indicated that working conditions were tough, albeit that pay rates reflected them.

Not something that would be tolerated now.

 on: Today at 07:32:48 am 
Started by ChrisB - Last post by infoman
BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) points west had some film footage,and on top  of one of the buildings opp BTM (Bristol Temple Meads (strictly, it should be BRI))(not sure which one).

approx 15 minutes

available for 24 hours only

 on: Today at 07:24:07 am 
Started by grahame - Last post by infoman
ChrisB,if I sign up for any more travel sites,it will take all day to read them.

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