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    Do restrictions apply on the use of public transport in Wales? Are leisure journeys allowed or not?

    I totally agree, we cannot control the virus, so we need some effective way of controlling the selfish idiots.
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    Applications of 90min Covid-19 tests

    There are two parts to a test: the sample kit, and the equipment that is used to test the sample. The sampling kit (such as the spit tube) can be mass-produced and easily available - the critical thing is the availability of the equipment used to test the sample. Having the test results...
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    Can I make a reservation without booking a ticket?

    Some TOCs are currently running services that are more or less reservation compulsory, e.g. XC, EC and Avanti WC. Last week, I was going to make a journey with a forward leg on one of these TOCs. I therefore tried to buy a ticket on-line, in order to get the required reservations. However...
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    Do restrictions apply on the use of public transport in Wales? Are leisure journeys allowed or not?

    And if we look over the border, we see increasingly large parts of the country going back into lockdown (large chunks of the NW going back into lockdown, and talk now of putting everything inside the M25 back into lockdown), pubs and restaurants likely having to shut again in order to reopen...
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    How busy have your trains been?

    I have made two trips on the Cambrian. Mostly very lightly loaded, even on the Birmingham - Shrewsbury leg which is full and standing normally. Perhaps the busiest stretch was between Barmouth and Towyn with the "bucket and spade" brigade, with over 50% of seats taken. Traffic seemed to have...
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    Applications of 90min Covid-19 tests

    A critical factor is how long the incubation delay is between you getting infected, and testing positive. All that a negative tests says is that you don't, at the time of testing, have the virus at significant strength to detect. At the time of testing, you may have been infected, but if the...
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    Loading Gauges Map

    Am I the only one who opened this topic expecting it to be about white "hangman" poles with a curved metal rod suspended from it? Perhaps I am showing my age!
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    Collection tickets when no office or machine

    In the company that I worked for, most of the support staff responsible for booking rail and other travel, rarely if ever travelled by train themselves. They were given some basic training on how to use the corporate booking system, and that was it. Asking for something like a ticket to London...
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    Collection tickets when no office or machine

    My experience has been exactly the opposite. No ticket vendor that I have ever used has stated, at the time of purchase, that you have to collect the ticket before travel. I always PDF print the booking confirmation screen (most vendors helpfully include a print button), in case the email...
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    Collection tickets when no office or machine

    What may not have been made clear, is that you can collect your ticket from any station with ticket-issuing facilities, regardless of what station you selected when buying the ticket. At one time, I think that you may have had to wait a bit longer before you could collect from a different...
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    Do restrictions apply on the use of public transport in Wales? Are leisure journeys allowed or not?

    Other businesses are not permitted to open if they can't do so in a covid-safe manner, so if Barry Island services can't be run in a covid-safe manner, they shouldn't run. However, I suspect that TfW Rail's contract does not allow this - they are being supported specifically to run services for...
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    Do restrictions apply on the use of public transport in Wales? Are leisure journeys allowed or not?

    I think TfW Rail are stuck between a rock and a hard place. They are required by the Welsh Govt to ensure that people can travel in a covid-safe manner, but have little to no powers to enforce anything. Their only option seems to be to make their messaging as off-putting as possible. If the...
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    Do restrictions apply on the use of public transport in Wales? Are leisure journeys allowed or not?

    Just to be clear: nobody was asked to explain why they were travelling. The guard merely pointed out politely what the government guidance was to those who were clearly breaching it.
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    Do restrictions apply on the use of public transport in Wales? Are leisure journeys allowed or not?

    At the moment. If too many people start getting confrontational with staff properly going about their duties, they may change it.
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    Do restrictions apply on the use of public transport in Wales? Are leisure journeys allowed or not?

    One thing that I forgot to mention: I tried to book my ticket on-line in order to get reservations on my selected trains, in the hope that this might give me some "right" to occupy those seats. However, while seat reservations are available on Cambrian services in normal times, they seem to be...

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