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Author Topic: Portishead Line reopening for passengers - ongoing discussion  (Read 210477 times)
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« Reply #705 on: June 05, 2019, 10:05:41 am »

Barry Cash is a well known figure in Bristol. I believe he was at one point a city councillor for the LibDems, he also engages in long running disputes by letter in the Bristol Post. And apparently, in a burst of nominative determinism, he owns a cash and carry!

Edit: On closer inspection it's not a cash and carry, unfortunately.
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« Reply #706 on: June 05, 2019, 04:12:56 pm »

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It is, though, excellent to test ideas / plans / directions against independent ideas;

I absolutely and entirely agree. However, in order to avoid one's new idea being shot down in flames before the ink is dry, and/or to stop oneself looking like an ill-informed idiot, it is usually found best to do at least a little research on and testing of your idea before one announces it to the general public.

This Mr Cash appears to have failed to do. Dismally...

However, all has become more clear since this thread informed me that the man was once a City Councillor. Politicians, of all hues, are very good and publicising innovative and ground-breaking ideas to get themselves the headlines, before someone with more nouse comes along, costs it and discovers the pitfalls that there will inevitably be.

Perhaps he could stand for the new leader of the Tory party? Then to compliment the Boris Bridge and Boris Island non-schemes, we could have a Barry Brexit. This could involve renaming the country Utopia and then claiming that, whilst the old tired UK might still be in the EU, the new and forward-looking Utopia would not be. It seems as good an idea as anything that anybody else has come up with...

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« Reply #707 on: June 05, 2019, 05:57:15 pm »

From Grimsby Live

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Boris Johnson says he would reopen Suggitts Lane level crossing if he becomes Prime Minister


You are just so much better read than I am, grahame. Things quiet in Melksham?  Grin

Edit: On closer inspection it's not a cash and carry, unfortunately.

No, smash and grab is the other one.

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It is, though, excellent to test ideas / plans / directions against independent ideas;

I absolutely and entirely agree. However, in order to avoid one's new idea being shot down in flames before the ink is dry, and/or to stop oneself looking like an ill-informed idiot, it is usually found best to do at least a little research on and testing of your idea before one announces it to the general public.

This Mr Cash appears to have failed to do. Dismally...

To put it another way, he would look mad, even at a Liberal Democrat conference.

Now, where did I leave my coat...
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« Reply #708 on: June 05, 2019, 11:31:58 pm »

As the forum has slipped a little from its usual high standard on the reception of ideas for testing, here's a reminder that shared-use of rail route has its uses:

https://www.highland.gov.uk/news/article/11319/road_to_rail_traffic_management_in_place_at_stromeferry_bypass

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-45963730

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« Reply #709 on: June 06, 2019, 04:50:31 am »

As the forum has slipped a little from its usual high standard on the reception of ideas for testing, here's a reminder that shared-use of rail route has its uses:

https://www.highland.gov.uk/news/article/11319/road_to_rail_traffic_management_in_place_at_stromeferry_bypass

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-45963730


The things I recall about that setup was the incredibly long time needed to switch between the two types of traffic along the joint use section, and the weight limits on its use.  It was a partial temporary solution to a problem - I don't know about its expandability / changeability.   Previously was also done over the bridge at Connel Ferry?

 
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« Reply #710 on: June 06, 2019, 09:32:48 am »

There are various bridges in New Zealand which are shared use between rail and road. But those are specific points in areas without much road traffic (probably little rail traffic too) where the cost of a separate bridge presumably cannot be justified. "Longitudinal level crossings" as someone said. And it was way back in the 90s when I saw them, some might have been converted now.
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« Reply #711 on: June 13, 2019, 06:31:29 pm »

Big day tomorrow June 14th, WECA to approve 350 million spend on rail infrastructure works in the Bristol Area with
7 new stations including Portishead, Pill, Henbury, Filton North and Charfield. All old news re-cycled of course, as is the norm with our local (and national) politicians but this time with the added bonus words "will approve" but how long will it be before we see shovels on the ground ?
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« Reply #712 on: June 13, 2019, 11:11:06 pm »

Big day tomorrow June 14th, WECA to approve 350 million spend on rail infrastructure works in the Bristol Area with
7 new stations including Portishead, Pill, Henbury, Filton North and Charfield. All old news re-cycled of course, as is the norm with our local (and national) politicians but this time with the added bonus words "will approve" but how long will it be before we see shovels on the ground ?

Years await us. I assume the missing ones are Ashley Down / Ashley Hill and maybe Horfield?

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« Reply #713 on: June 14, 2019, 11:00:38 am »

Big day tomorrow June 14th, WECA to approve 350 million spend on rail infrastructure works in the Bristol Area with
7 new stations including Portishead, Pill, Henbury, Filton North and Charfield. All old news re-cycled of course, as is the norm with our local (and national) politicians but this time with the added bonus words "will approve" but how long will it be before we see shovels on the ground ?

Years await us. I assume the missing ones are Ashley Down / Ashley Hill and maybe Horfield?

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Some tweaks will be required to the final scheme to increase the benefit-to-cost ratio to the required threshold.
from the Bristol Post story. Not like MetroBust, then.

Sadly, no word of the Henbury Loop being revisited in the Bristol Post article but it's interesting to see Aztec West mentioned in a mass transit/suburban rail context.
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« Reply #714 on: June 14, 2019, 08:03:44 pm »

No mention of Ashton Gate Halt either in a resurrected Ashton Gate Interchange right alongside the Metrobus guided Busway. The local politicians got no vision, their only view is through the windscreen of their cars cos they consider themselves too high and mighty to use A BUS.
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