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    Special Stations to Visit

    Perhaps by bus to Greenbank station. https://bustimes.org/services/48-frodsham-kingsley-hatchmere-northwich
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    Future of Wrexham-Bidston line, inc. possible franchise swap etc.

    Yes, like the one at Oakland Airport, California. It had not occurred to me that Peel's ripoff profits from airport parking and drop off charges were the major obstacle to progress. But I think you have hit the nail on the head. Thank you.
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    Future of Wrexham-Bidston line, inc. possible franchise swap etc.

    Given that the 230s are rebuilt London Underground rolling stock, it seems a shame not to leave the collector shoes in place for use to recharge the batteries.
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    When buying a car costs less than your train journey....

    Yes, exactly, the highest fares are too high and need to be reduced. Who gets caught paying those highest fares? Usually the foreign tourist or someone just arrived from overseas on a flight. It leaves a bad taste with the very people whom it is not good to offend.
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    Row over female-only compartments being used by transgender people on Caledonian sleeper service

    Yes. QED. You have correctly identified the problem.
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    Row over female-only compartments being used by transgender people on Caledonian sleeper service

    The simple answer is that it costs "the earth" to provide a private cabin. In the case of a family or a group there is some social benefit. So a single traveller who insists on a private cabin should pay more, or at least the same, as a group occupying the same space. Basically it is fair to...
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    Row over female-only compartments being used by transgender people on Caledonian sleeper service

    Thank you, you made my day! lol Really, the solution is couchettes for solitary travellers and cabins only for families or groups travelling and booking together. And if a solitary traveller really needs a private cabin then a hefty fee for that. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Couchette
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    Row over female-only compartments being used by transgender people on Caledonian sleeper service

    Yes indeed. There is a market and a need at a price point for bays of four bunks with no door and the passengers expected to sleep fully clothed. Then the issue of people whose gendered appearance is in any way problematic simply goes away. And private cabins should be two bunks convertible...
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    "Train passenger fined £470 for not paying £2 fare (after he'd just spent £200 on another ticket)"

    This kind of thing is exactly why my elderly sister, who is nearing 80 years old, still drives more than 50 miles each way to visit her son every few weeks. She could easily make the journey by rail and her son begs her to, but she doesn't want to make an honest mistake and fall afoul of this...
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    Trespass incident at Manchester Piccadilly (11/03)

    Indeed when I was a child there were a number of disused railways and children thought nothing of walking on the tracks. And for example on the line to the Winsford salt mines which, I seem to recall, had one (steam) train a week in the late 1950s. The West Coast mainline in nearby Weaverham was...
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    Trespass incident at Manchester Piccadilly (11/03)

    A simple answer - in most other countries it is allowed to walk on the railway provided it is safe to do so. And these protesters likely had foreign nexuses, or they wouldn't have been in that protest and thereby used to foreign practices. To be clear, I'm not justifying what they did, merely...
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    Crewe Hub government paper March 2018

    One possibility would be to make Platform 13, and only Platform 13 UIC GC. Plus UIC GC clearances North of the station up to the HS junction - but not in Phase 2a, only in Phase 2b. Doing that would add considerable flexibility, especially in times of engineering possessions.
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    Crewe Hub government paper March 2018

    In that report is talk of a new transfer deck over the entire width of the station East to West. Presumably with passenger waiting areas and perhaps retail business on the station upper level. I read that as meaning that, with some track realignment, there can be a narrow island platform with...
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    Crewe Hub government paper March 2018

    Crewe Hub government paper March 2018 Although the paper title says: High Speed Two: Crewe Hub Consultation Response Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Transport by Command of Her Majesty March 2018 - actually, a lot of the paper is not specifically about HS2. For example...
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    North West & Wales cross-border alliance

    One of the comments to that newspaper article raises a good point. That a healthy slice of the benefit could be realised at low cost by simply adding two platforms and a car park where the Mid-Cheshire line passes over the WCML. And calling them part of Hartford Station and building a footpath...

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