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« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2019, 01:17:44 pm »

Get a few old pacers down to Bristol City Centre next week. Ask the XR protestors to demonstrate how many can fit into a carriage standing..lock the doors and wait for the protests...and wait for them to pass out through lack of oxygen. Shocked

Is this supposed to be a joke?
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« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2019, 01:20:32 pm »

Agree it would be funny, if it wasn't already so true. For XR protestors read passengers, sorry customers. My last journey on a 142 from Leeds to York via Harrogate and Knaresbororugh was just like that.
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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2019, 02:38:29 pm »

Could they be arranged in Whitehall as new accommodation for the DfT?  I am sure they would find them luxurious.

Any overflow could be placed in an IET with a non existent trolley service.
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« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2019, 01:06:26 pm »

And yet ...  what are people looking for?   Frequency, route capacity, reliability; more comfort and higher speeds but only as the journey length increases.  If you offered the people of my home town of Melksham a choice between the service proposed for 2020, and a regular service of these converted old buses from Swindon every 30 minutes, alternating services carrying on beyond Westbury to Southampton Airport and to Yeovil Junction, I suspect many would go for the latter. 

Looks like I'm not alone in those thoughts ... from "up north" ...

IMHO they can keep the pacers on my line I use if it means they actually send a number of carriages that fit us all on.

I would understand keeping some as backups as new trains come on, I'd even be okay if they added more trains per hour.

Yes please.   Won't happen, of course, because it's not "policy"  Grin Grin.   "They" would far rather provide a nice train every 2 and a half hours than a bus on rails every 30 minutes.   

But just watch if a bus on rails was provided 4 times in 2.5 hours and then a "nice" train for the current service.   I doubt many people would let the bus on rails leave and say "no, I'll wait for the nice train in 30 minutes".

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« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2019, 09:05:10 pm »

It would be interesting if the August Meet the Manager hour brushed on this subject.

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