Recent content by Mathew S

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    WCML disruption - Grayrigg 28/06

    Don't blame you. I'd only been at Central about 15 minutes when this unit arrived, so I was lucky. I don't envy the people that had been waiting hours and hours in that queue.
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    WCML disruption - Grayrigg 28/06

    The 0710 from Euston arrived Glasgow about 20 minutes ago. Very quick turnaround and now on its way back south (with me on it thankfully). Every praise for the staff at Glasgow - and a trainload of very sensible, socially distanced passengers.
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    Greater Manchester Traincard prices, June 2021

    Thanks @jfollows - idk why I didn't think to look on there myself :oops:
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    Greater Manchester Traincard prices, June 2021

    Does anyone know the current weekly, monthly and annual costs for a Greater Manchester Traincard? I've tried asking Northern who sent me to TfGM, and TfGM said I would have to go to a ticket office and ask in person. Cheers
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    Metrolink coming to Bolton (?) - Shapps

    To be fair, if the last year's proved anything it's that almost all office jobs can be done remotely.
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    Metrolink coming to Bolton (?) - Shapps

    The current thinking within TfGM/GMCA seems to be that Middleton is top of the list for Metrolink extensions, though there are other options for sure. As for Bolton/Stockport, it would be wrong to assume that 'bringing Metrolink to' a borough has to mean trams. Local control of stations is...
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    People who prefer the restricted things

    I think probably it's to do that most un-British of things and talk to a stranger :lol: Seriously though, to build on what I said in an earlier post (and this is in no way aimed at anyone in particular, just an explanation of how I, and I believe some others, will feel): If someone just comes...
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    People who prefer the restricted things

    Where's that 'like' button when you need it...
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    People who prefer the restricted things

    Depends on the mask, how it's used, fit testing, etc. And anyway, I'm perfectly capable of embarrassingly injuring myself without a mask over my eyes (me + angry goose = written off Ford Ka and Sunday afternoon at Salford Royal is one of many stories :lol:).
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    People who prefer the restricted things

    I'd forgotten about JVT, I agree he would be a good choice.
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    People who prefer the restricted things

    No problem, they're reasonable questions. A few reasons, I guess. I've been vaccinated, but no vaccine is 100% effective and I don't know the vaccination status of the other person. I've had a very close friend lose both parents to Covid around this time last year, and another friend become very...
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    People who prefer the restricted things

    Personally, I will most likely be continuing to wear a mask (in certain situations) for a fair while yet. At a guess, maybe until Spring 2022, in supermarkets, on the train, etc. By then, we’ll have had one more winter and hopefully be more certain about where we stand with Covid on an ongoing...
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    Entire 800/801/802 fleet stood down for safety checks

    GWR have now tweeted: "Due to some of our Intercity Express Trains being withdrawn from service for precautionary checks, there will be network wide disruption to services today. Please check before you travel at https://t.co/kSQp5pCyxo Follow us for service updates and further information."...
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    Mature student season pass

    It might be (slightly) cheaper to buy a TfGM Traincard which will cover your journey between New Mills Newtown and Manchester, and then purchase an additional Buxton - New Mills Newtown season ticket, but I think the combined price is still ~£290 a month (although the Traincard might also save...
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    dailymail - One in five train services could be axed as treasury tightens purse strings

    That's what people want, though... in my experience anyway. If we're going to get people back out of their cars and onto trains - the train has to be a convenient way to travel. And once an hour, or even half-hour, just is not convenient enough to compete with the car.

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