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  1. HSTEd

    Vaccine passports or masks?

    I'd much rather put up with masks than create a system that the state can use forevermore to impose tailored lockdowns on any person or groups of person at will.
  2. HSTEd

    HS2 Eastern Leg updates

    So essentially, Toton is replaced with East Midlands Parkway and the line bypassing Sheffield is axed?
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    Is the leccy supply to the railway 'just enough'?

    Well it doesn't help that we don't appear to design systems for longevity, so we have to constantly reengineer everything every five minutes. With the availability of Linux and similar tools we have the capability to design "eternal software" and in many cases "eternal equipment", but we don't.
  4. HSTEd

    Why have climate change concerns suddenly increased?

    Because we've failed to achieve anything like the required decarbonisation for the last two decades and every year that goes by the line our emissions to follow has to get steeper and steeper.
  5. HSTEd

    Why is the Integrated rail plan delayed?

    Ultimately its been delayed because Sunak and the Treasury gutted the whole thing and Boris doesn't want the news getting out until after COP and its many photo opportunities is over.
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    Is the leccy supply to the railway 'just enough'?

    Also worth noting that historical successful computerised systems were built over years with the Formal B Method or similar rigorous development tools. Not the methods that many contractors resort to to cut costs these days....
  7. HSTEd

    HS2 Euston - number of platforms... again...

    Pendolinos to Euston today operate much longer journeys that what the HS2 stock will do. HS2 rolling stock will almost inevitably end up resembling the interior of A Class 185 more than a Class 390.
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    Is the leccy supply to the railway 'just enough'?

    Given the complexity of the station it may be considered desirable to have granularity in overhead wiring energisation in the station complex. So they can knock out platforms without taking them all out for example.
  9. HSTEd

    Is the leccy supply to the railway 'just enough'?

    I would humbly suggest that in the long run it would probably be better to pay for the railway to buy fully controlled rectifier substations than mess around with batteries all over the place. Battery availability is likely to be a constraint on decarbonisation for the next couple of decades...
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    Well ultimately I'd argue the opposite. If anything we need to impose restrictions everywhere but in schools. Ultimately the primary danger of schools having a major wave is that they will drive cases into the surrounding population, even if the cases wouldn't have occurred naturally. (A...
  11. HSTEd

    Is the leccy supply to the railway 'just enough'?

    One of the advantages of railways operating to a timetable is that, within reason, supplies can be tailored to requirements. People often rag on the BR electrification schemes for being done with extension leads or what not - but they delivered electrification on time and on budget, on budgets...
  12. HSTEd

    Health & Social Care Committee Pandemic response report released

    Well the Royal Dockyards were still building new vessels right up to the launch of HMS Andromeda in 1967. Or the Royal Ordnance or the Royal Arsenals etc etc etc
  13. HSTEd

    TfGM Bus franchising

    You could have all door boarding at a relative handful of stops and make a big difference, and those stops could potentially have infrastructure to support this installed in the long term. I hate to keep coming back to the Oxford Road corridor, but its the one I know best and its vicinity...
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    TfGM Bus franchising

    That won't stop the negative publicity with photogenic person number six who can't get the bus they need to do x y and z. The political capital cost is substantial and can't be ignored. Even with bus passes the ticket process still reduces the speed of loading, albeit less than with the cash...
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    TfGM Bus franchising

    London didn't just decide that cash fares were not welcome one day. They went through an entire multi year process involving a huge fleet of cash machines in the transition. If you try to skip that and say that no cash is permitted immediately this will not go down well. And the contactless...
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    TfGM Bus franchising

    Do we really expect to get much traffic and thus revenue from bus services that are less frequently than four per hour? Outside edge cases I'm not sure they are going to be more than a rounding error on total traffic. Well dual door is going to inevitably lead to a significant increase in bus...
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    TfGM Bus franchising

    Well our problem is that "direct routes" and journey lengths are to, a certain extent, in opposition. Since our enemy is the car, peple are not really going to be willing to plan their entire life around the bus timetable, so we have to adjust the journey time for the average (or even worst...
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    Your first car

    The first car I did significant amounts of driving in (apart from the instructor's) was my parent's 2001 Rover 45 diesel. It eventually failed the MOT due to rust and wasn't worth repairing, supposedly, although its on the drive and still starts in two or three seconds! It had some problems...
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    Health & Social Care Committee Pandemic response report released

    So the lesson they draw is that it is never too early to abandon civil liberties and impose lockdown. I'm sure this lesson will not come back to haunt us later.
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    Ferguson published a paper demanding cycling lockdowns forever and then decided that lockdown rules didn't apply to him - only to the worthless peasants.

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