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Author Topic: Worcestershire Parkway Station project - ongoing discussion  (Read 100239 times)
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« Reply #225 on: October 23, 2020, 09:16:40 »

I know. I call it wilful squirrel-bating.
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« Reply #226 on: October 23, 2020, 09:25:55 »

I know. I call it wilful squirrel-bating.

Is that "bating" the aphetic form of "abating"? Or a typo for batting? Or beating? Or bathing, or even boating?
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« Reply #227 on: October 23, 2020, 09:56:13 »

I know. I call it wilful squirrel-bating.

Is that "bating" the aphetic form of "abating"? Or a typo for batting? Or beating? Or bathing, or even boating?

Or maybe a good use of a somewhat archaic term? I await the answer with bated breath.
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« Reply #228 on: October 23, 2020, 10:01:26 »

The natural habitat of station codes is the data feeds, where they are defined in the stations file of each set of files (fares, timetabling, and routeing guide). In the Routeing guide they are CRS codes (in 2017). In the timetable information they are CRS codes (in 2018), and the file also has the OS (Ordnance Survey) grid reference as well as the name (uo to 26 characters) and TIPLOC. In 2012, the definition document for this file called them 3-Alpha codes! So less new than old-ish.

The fares feed has to deal with locations that are not NR» (Network Rail - home page) stations, so its file uses additional codes. There is an internal unique identifier code (UIC), CRS, NLC (National Location Code), RESV (international reservation code), ERS (Eurostar), UTS (used on Underground ticket magnetic stripes), and then other coded location data (Administrative area - '70'=Britain, ERS country, county, PTE (Passenger Transport Executive), zone, NLC for zone, UK (United Kingdom) region, ... and maybe I missed a few).
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« Reply #229 on: October 23, 2020, 10:14:01 »

I know. I call it wilful squirrel-bating.

Is that "bating" the aphetic form of "abating"? Or a typo for batting? Or beating? Or bathing, or even boating?

Or maybe a good use of a somewhat archaic term? I await the answer with bated breath.

It was a spelling misteak.
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« Reply #230 on: October 23, 2020, 22:15:52 »

It was a spelling misteak.

I always blame the spill chucker.
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« Reply #231 on: October 25, 2020, 09:03:49 »

It was a spelling misteak.

I always blame the spill chucker.

As does grahame!!
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« Reply #232 on: July 23, 2023, 16:18:32 »

I hadn't realised until recently how bad the "rear access" is to Worcestershire Parkway. (Spoiler: it doesn't really have any.)

Part of the appeal of the station is that it's in easy access of Worcester's southern suburbia. It's 1.5 miles from Norton, 2.5 miles from St Peters. There's a fancy new cycle/footbridge over the southern bypass, dedicated signage, and traffic calming on the minor roads, together designed to make it easy to cycle to Parkway. (Here's a map: https://cycle.travel/map?from=&to=&fromLL=52.171032,-2.201800&toLL=52.156044,-2.161293)

There's then a cycleway/footpath that takes you up to the Birmingham-bound platform. "Up to", but not "onto". You park your bike in the stands provided (fine so far). But then: you have to climb n steps up onto a separate footbridge over the CrossCountry line; descend the steps on the other side; perform a swift U-turn into the station building; climb n steps again up onto the main station footbridge; finally, descend n steps onto the Birmingham platform.

n*4 steps in order to get five yards from the bike parking to the Birmingham platform. I could understand it (though perhaps not agree with it) if Parkway were a gated station, but it isn't.
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« Reply #233 on: July 23, 2023, 20:55:04 »

Station security....how do you stop people entering station at night if that was open?
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« Reply #234 on: July 24, 2023, 09:39:33 »

A lockable gate? Doesn’t seem to be an issue at the majority of smaller stations- even on mainlines.
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« Reply #235 on: September 16, 2023, 13:32:16 »

I mentioned that I thought the station was doing rather well after being unfortunate in that it opened just as Covid-19 hit the world.

This press release confirms that:
https://news.gwr.com/news/worcestershire-parkway-passenger-numbers-exceed-all-expectations

I remember there being a groundswell of opinion at the time full approval was given that it would be a white elephant and complete waste of money, borne out by most of the comments on this article:
https://news.gwr.com/news/worcestershire-parkway-passenger-numbers-exceed-all-expectations

And from one vocal former member of this forum:
This station will be a complete waste of money. I am horrified that Network Rail are letting it proceed (they must be furious).

Just goes to show.  Wink

I am hopeful that these usage figures will mean CrossCountry will stop trains on their Manchester<>Bristol axis soon (May 2024?), which I know a number of influential people are pushing for.  It might even help with regaining momentum regarding the aspiration of a 2tph GWR (Great Western Railway) service between Worcester and Paddington.  Think what the usage would be with eight trains an hour calling!
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« Reply #236 on: September 17, 2023, 20:50:56 »

I'm hearing that first thoughts are being given to putting up an extra deck in the car park, it's regularly over 80% full now. (500 spaces, except for the EV charging spaces, that is!)
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« Reply #237 on: September 20, 2023, 15:21:20 »

I use it fairly regularly and can confirm it's a well-used station. The early morning XC (Cross Country Trains (franchise)) services to Birmingham and GWR (Great Western Railway) services to London in particular always attract a large crowd of passengers. I don't think I've ever seen the car park less than half full either. Although my one criticism is regarding the two pay machines, one at either end of the car park. For months now, both of them have had a sheen of condensation on the inside of the glass in front of the LCD screen. I can navigate the interface by memory as I've done it so often, so don't actually need to see what the screen says. But several times I have had to stop and help people who can't see what the screen is saying due to the condensation. Someone needs to take away the glass in front of the screens and give them a proper wipe down!
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« Reply #238 on: September 21, 2023, 13:35:02 »


I have assumed you have not reported this matter to Apcoa so I have done it for you …I suggest if the car park machines are not cleaned soon that you contact Apcoa direct

This is their email for the future .. UK (United Kingdom) Customer Complaints <UK_Customer_Complaints@apcoa.com>
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« Reply #239 on: November 27, 2023, 20:46:45 »

I can confirm that the updated announcements with the female voice are now in use on IETs (Intercity Express Train).

The station announcements at Pershore however stiil say WOP.

A couple of other things I have spotted:

The Station location GPS data seems to be missing from the database used by the National rail enquiries APP. I tried to look up trains at Worcestershire parkway while stood on the station using the nearest stations tab and Parkway was not listed.

I was at Newport recently awaiting the arrival of a Nottingham service. The English language automated station announcement included Worcestershire Parkway. However the Welsh language announcement missed it out entirely not even WOP It jumped straight from Ashcurch for Tewkesbury to University (all in English I should add).
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