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    Travel this Christmas

    There is advance info on Engineering works on the national rail website. The Southeastern Page is being updated. However I am reasonably confident that your friends journey will be possible by rail. 27th will generally be a Saturday service. Confirmed timetables for Christmas week won’t be...
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    Why do people have rose tinted views of British Rail?

    @tbtc meant Edinburgh or Glasgow - Manchester, and yes they were definitely marketed as Inter City Cross Country.
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    Duty Free to the EU is Back

    Won’t be doing that on a day return...
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    Network Rail rail and underground season tickets subsidies

    Strictly speaking, not every employee is entitled to it. All new employees are, however. It is 75% off Standard Class season tickets, for annual or 6 month tickets only. The subsidy is 75% of the cost, up to a maximum subsidy of £2,750 for an annual ticket (ie ticket price of £3666.66)...
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    Blackpool trams

    Willing to bet that the hotel has some of the best occupancy rates in the town when things get back to normal. Lack of car park will be irrelevant.
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    Overground from Imperial Wharf to Victoria

    Err, why would it be a lifesaver? As others have said, it’s about 20 minutes maximum allowing for the change at Clapham Junction. A direct service wouldn’t be much less than 15 minutes given the lines it would have to traverse. (Low speed, lots of junctions). And that’s before the fact that...
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    European Sleepers - What routes would be feasible?

    Rather ambitious! Berlin - Barcelona is 15hours minimum, using the existing high speed lines. Hardly a ‘day train’.
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    Duty Free to the EU is Back

    As a foot passenger on the ferry, how are you going to get from Calais port to Le Touquet? And I’ll repeat, it’s going to cost you to get to Dover from London. Seems a lot of hassle to save a few quid on some fags.
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    How, in practice, does a wheelchair user travel on a DOO service?

    If their bid had not included DOO on the Southern ‘outer’ services, they would have been non compliant to the tender and couldn’t have won. have won. So, really, it wasn’t a decision for GoVia to make. Of course it was also an extension of DOO, as Southern and Thameslink already had it.
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    Western Rail link to Heathrow delayed again

    AIUI the plan is (was) for Southern link services to Woking be extensions of HEx, Southern link services ex Waterloo to terminate at T5, and Western link to be extensions of EL, which then go on to Reading. Of course, Southern Link services need more infrastructure than just the Southern link.
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    How, in practice, does a wheelchair user travel on a DOO service?

    It isn’t, for two reasons: 1) DOO has been in place well before TOCs were even a thing. 2) DOO does not mean there must not be a second member of staff And, as @flitwickbeds has pointed out, it doesn’t matter how many members of staff are on the train, if the platform isn’t accessible to /...
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    How, in practice, does a wheelchair user travel on a DOO service?

    I find it hard to believe that DOO makes a difference to the decision process of any individual with reduced mobility whether they will travel by train or not. There’s so many other factors in the decision process.
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    Why do people have rose tinted views of British Rail?

    NSE fares rose by 37% above inflation in the 8 years it was in existence and the 2 years prior. Fares went up to choke off demand in the economic boom of the late 80s, and in the early 90s recession fares rose again to cover the revenue shortfall.
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    Differences in style/leadership/etc between the RMT and ASLEF

    I think that’s unfair on Cash. Whilst he is (obviously) left leaning, his issue is trying to contain the (very) ‘loony left’ in the National Exec Committee. If you want to see a model for diversity, have a look at the NEC for how it should not be done. It’s hardly surprising they come out with...
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    Why do people have rose tinted views of British Rail?

    I’m quite enjoying the multiple references to NSE. It was in existence for less than 8 years, and for the first two of those the implementation of it were variable. It was also the but of many, many jokes.
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    How, in practice, does a wheelchair user travel on a DOO service?

    This may be controversial... but I really struggle to grasp the mindset of anyone who, knowing they will need help to complete a certain activity because they have a different level of ability than is typical, deliberately sets out on that activity without asking for that help. I write this as...
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    Differences in style/leadership/etc between the RMT and ASLEF

    It was. The redundancy letters were printed though.
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    Temporary bridges?

    Yes I read that when I researched my post last night, but as that was the first time I’d heard it, and I’d read several other accounts of the diversion being built in a day or so, I kept wit h my original understanding. I will admit, though, that a ‘pre prepared’ diversion does seem plausible.
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    Western Rail link to Heathrow delayed again

    Surely project was only going to proceed if the prime beneficiary (Heathrow) contributed? One assumes they don’t have much cash to throw about at present.

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