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« Reply #510 on: June 25, 2018, 09:24:41 pm »

Its official name is Stoke Gifford Transport Link...

I'm old enough to remember when the official name for the QE2 was 'Q4'... I seem to remember they followed the build on 'Blue Peter'.
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« Reply #511 on: June 25, 2018, 10:32:28 pm »

Its official name is Stoke Gifford Transport Link...

I'm old enough to remember when the official name for the QE2 was 'Q4'... I seem to remember they followed the build on 'Blue Peter'.

I don't remember Spike Milligan on Blue Peter 😉
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« Reply #512 on: June 25, 2018, 10:56:06 pm »

I don't remember Spike Milligan on Blue Peter 😉

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« Reply #513 on: June 26, 2018, 09:25:27 am »

Its official name is Stoke Gifford Transport Link...

I'm old enough to remember when the official name for the QE2 was 'Q4'... I seem to remember they followed the build on 'Blue Peter'.
Was it in the Sunken Garden?
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« Reply #514 on: June 26, 2018, 06:15:00 pm »

Wokingham Borough Council have just rejected a planning application from Reading Borough Council for their (small) bit of the Reading Mass Rapid Transit - a bus lane on stilts. As neighbours go, these two never have been particularly friendly, but this one stings quite a bit.

Wokingham, on the other hand, mainly make do with access roads provided for big housing developments under section 106. then they call them bypasses or ring roads, even if they were not designed as such and will route heavy vehicle through these new residential areas.

The latest to open - Winnersh bypass* - is now all 30 mph, but with some odd features such as 30 mph signs on entering side roads and blanked out repeater signs. When new, for a day or two, it was 40 mph (as I recall). The road it bypasses is 40 mph and wider, though sharing unconvincingly with cycle lanes. I wonder: which will be better used? I note it has no road signs at either end, as if they are not sure what traffic they want to use it.

*apart from the bit WBC are building, which they haven't started on yet.
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« Reply #515 on: June 28, 2018, 04:55:18 pm »

Was it in the Sunken Garden?

Possibly in the Night Garden, starring one of only two actors to have been knighted in more than on one country.

Oh no! It's the Ninky Nonk!

If you don't know what I am talking about, then you have no grandchildren and have never taken hallucinogenic drugs. I couldn't possibly comment.
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« Reply #516 on: June 28, 2018, 05:16:45 pm »

My favourite bit of In The Night Garden was the sequence at the end, when David Cameron fell over.
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« Reply #517 on: June 28, 2018, 11:04:00 pm »

Red Squirrel on acid. Now, there's a thought.

(And I have met him!)

Wasn't it Iggle Piggle? My daughter met Dave, both officially and otherwise, at RAF Brize Norton, and the Ganges in Witney. Plus Ed Sheeran, Gary Barlow, Katie Melhua, the Princess Royal, some French guy whose name eludes her, that Obama fellow.

Dave, BTW, arrived unannounced on his bike, to sort out servicemens problems over a brew. Didn't do him much harm politivcally.
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« Reply #518 on: July 12, 2018, 03:41:25 pm »

Bristol Evening Post has an article and some pictures of what could be some further difficulties with testing on the Ashton Avenue swing bridge.

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/watch-what-happened-metrobus-test-1767786

Cannot draw any firm conclusion but a successful test would be a normal service speed run though surely?
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« Reply #519 on: July 12, 2018, 04:09:43 pm »

I don't think you would want to do a clearance test/check at normal speed.  The railway certainly doesn't.
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« Reply #520 on: July 12, 2018, 04:22:06 pm »

I don't think you would want to do a clearance test/check at normal speed.  The railway certainly doesn't.

Ah yes, I put that rather badly. A clearance test needs to be done gradually, clearly. It's probably the lack of any reported successful run though that drew my attention.
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« Reply #521 on: July 12, 2018, 04:41:14 pm »

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Oh no! It looks as if the buses cannot fit through the newly-built guiderails near Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge!
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« Reply #522 on: July 12, 2018, 05:43:59 pm »

Next time I see my Metrobus insider I'll ask him whats up but I did hear earlier in the week that rectifications to the guide rails could cost up to £2 million as they, the guide rails, have to be modified to allow "vertical springing" to take into account the varying depth of tread on the vehicles tyres using the guided busway. Incidentally, the bus shown in the BEP article was not a Metrobus vehicle but one of the fleet that operates the A1 Bristol Bus Station - Bristol Airport service which I think has a shorter wheelbase to the M3 Emersons Green route vehicles and which will be diverted to use the guided busway when/if it ever becomes a reality. The intended rerouting is not going down very well with airline/travel company staff who work at the airport and travel from the Bedminster area particularly those who are billeted in the Mercure Hotel on Redcliffe Hill and are not always provided with a crew minibus to/from the airport.
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« Reply #523 on: July 12, 2018, 09:41:29 pm »

Lay some CWR and get some flanged steel wheel vehicles. Problems solved.
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« Reply #524 on: July 12, 2018, 09:49:32 pm »

Lay some CWR and get some flanged steel wheel vehicles. Problems solved.

It does seem to me that guided buses take all the worst elements of trains, trams and buses and combine them together.
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