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« Reply #75 on: July 31, 2017, 10:14:46 pm »

Maybe the extra four years of delay has had an inflationary effect.

You mean they're now considering something like a bouncy castle?
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« Reply #76 on: July 31, 2017, 10:20:05 pm »

Maybe the extra four years of delay has had an inflationary effect.

You mean they're now considering something like a bouncy castle?

Now that will make boarding and alighting  much more fun.
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« Reply #77 on: August 01, 2017, 02:40:09 am »

The £550,000-odd not being met by DfT will presumably be picked up by Bristol City Council alone - I shall look at the report for the next council meeting. It looks as if the original idea of a simple platform may have been slightly upgraded - Portway Parkway sounds a little grand.

Does the £2.23 million include a 60% optimism uplift?   If so, the calculated cost prior to uplift is £1.4 million, leaving change from the DfT's £1.672 million - no half million needed locally.  Of course, that's assuming they don't find newts, bats, a roman villa, a Georgian well, a slipping embankment or a retired lawyer who objects nearby.
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« Reply #78 on: August 01, 2017, 07:54:02 am »

Roman remains of a sort are closer to SML  Sea Mills just down the road a bit !.
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« Reply #79 on: August 01, 2017, 12:47:51 pm »

Roman remains of a sort are closer to SML  Sea Mills just down the road a bit !.

Long Cross in nearby Lawrence Weston follows the route of a Roman road from Sea Mills to Gloucester. It was found during building work for the council estate, and quickly concreted over.
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« Reply #80 on: August 01, 2017, 01:07:41 pm »

Roman remains of a sort are closer to SML  Sea Mills just down the road a bit !.

Long Cross in nearby Lawrence Weston follows the route of a Roman road from Sea Mills to Gloucester. It was found during building work for the council estate, and quickly concreted over.

What a shame it wasn't used as the basis for a new rail line .....
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« Reply #81 on: August 01, 2017, 10:28:56 pm »

Maybe the extra four years of delay has had an inflationary effect.

You mean they're now considering something like a bouncy castle?

Value engineering taken to the limits of absurdity. I just hope no-one from the LEP saw that post, as they'll be on the phone to Atkins asking for a £5 million feasibility study.
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« Reply #82 on: August 08, 2017, 01:23:41 pm »

...at least thought of a footbridge would possibly save a few quid when the day comes.

Ha, ha, ha, he says with a note of heavy irony. One of these days you'll bite your tongue off.
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« Reply #83 on: August 09, 2017, 07:57:32 pm »

Doesn't say much but at least the Henbury loop looks like it's not totally dead in the water yet.

https://mobile.twitter.com/darrenpjones/status/894861618609348608
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« Reply #84 on: August 09, 2017, 09:35:11 pm »

Yes, let's hope the Western Super Mayor has the clout and desire to revive Henbury Loop plans.
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« Reply #85 on: August 10, 2017, 10:50:13 pm »

Yes, let's hope the Western Super Mayor has the clout and desire to revive Henbury Loop plans.

Well it would appear that Andy Street managed to shoehorn in the reopening of Wolverhampton to Walsall to passenger trains (with two intermediate station reopenings) in the new WM franchise, which is cause for optimism.
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« Reply #86 on: August 15, 2017, 10:41:30 pm »

The Evening Post headline rather gives the impression of greater activity than it transpires there actually is but it is progress all the same:


http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/portway-park-ride-train-station-326954
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« Reply #87 on: August 31, 2017, 10:14:34 pm »

Can anyone tell me if the Vivarail Dtrain has a narrow enough gauge to negate the problems of the tunnels on the Portishead line reopening?
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« Reply #88 on: August 31, 2017, 10:32:46 pm »

Can anyone tell me if the Vivarail Dtrain has a narrow enough gauge to negate the problems of the tunnels on the Portishead line reopening?

Given the size of the freight traffic through those tunnels, and the lowering of the floor in 2000-2001, I am not sure that gauge is the issue.
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« Reply #89 on: September 01, 2017, 10:05:09 am »

The Evening Post headline rather gives the impression of greater activity than it transpires there actually is but it is progress all the same:


http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/portway-park-ride-train-station-326954

I found it amusing to compare this with the press release on the Bristol City Council website which, one has to presume, was its source - a bit like marking the homework of someone whose tried to disguise the fact that they copied it from Wikipedia, but couldn't quite be bothered. 
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