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    Trains told to get rid of torrent of 'Tannoy spam'

    Surely the Transport Secretary has more pressing things to attend to? Then again perhaps not. All the big decisions on transport are taken by the Treasury.
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    Why the fear/anger (or similar) emotions around mask wearing?

    There was a very long and from the sounds of it acrimonious debate about mandatory use of seatbelts, including questioning of the science, libertarian arguments and so on. Of course everyone who had been against making them compulsory went very quiet when the legal requirement to wear them...
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    Why is Thameslink so terrible?

    Ooh, now then... I wouldn't go around Railforums saying things like that. You run the grave risk of the other person turning around and telling you they have indeed read it, and what's more found it a very engaging book which sheds a lot of light on the decisions made during the BR era and on...
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    Why is Thameslink so terrible?

    Um, do you seriously think that's how the rail network works? "Hello, is that Network Rail?" "Yes indeed" "This is Thameslink" "Ah, our most valued customer, how can we help you today?" "Our trains keep getting delayed around Norwood Junction" "I'm dreadfully sorry about that. We'll...
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    Conservative Government on Mission to destroy the BBC

    The BBC is far from perfect, except in one area. It is the perfect organisation for anyone with an axe to grind to have a go at. As this thread demonstrates.
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    HS2: "Zero Carbon From The Start"

    More renewables More storage Demand management Hydrogen CO2 capture of remaining gas operations. More info: Net Zero system overview - Engineering Net Zero
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    HS2: "Zero Carbon From The Start"

    Sure. I wasn't intending the two years make any sort of trend. I included 2019 to show a more typical year. Nevertheless, the proportion of electricity supply from gas will drop significantly by the time HS2 opens. CCS is also a long term possibility but unlikely to be significant by the...
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    HS2: "Zero Carbon From The Start"

    A couple of brief points. Firstly gas is significantly lower than 50% of electricity production - 41% in 2019, 36% in 2020. Secondly we would expect this to have reduce significantly by the time HS2 opens. As for saying it's zero carbon you may have a point. There might be an argument to say...
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    Transpennine Route Upgrade and Electrification updates, CP6

    A bit longer, but probably no bigger diameter. The GWR piles were massively overdesigned - 2-3 times longer than they needed to be.
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    Transpennine Route Upgrade and Electrification updates, CP6

    Half the number of foundation though. Even if the piles need to be a bit longer, that's got to be a fair saving.
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    Telegraph: Secret Whitehall plan to cut one in four trains blamed for rail chaos

    Yes, leisure travel was successfully promoted by ramping up advance tickets. But then BR had done this in various ways and its 'Apex' fares were the forerunner of advance ticketing, so it may well have happened anyway, much as it has in other countries with nationalised railways. The key is to...
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    NPR - the shambles continues

    @HSTEd thanks for the detail reply, which deserves a detailed response. Leeds to Birmingham and Leeds to London: Current time Via Manc (your numbers) Via HS2E (journey times stated by HS2) to Brum 2hrs 80m (IRP numbers) 49m to Lndn 2h10-2h15...
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    NPR - the shambles continues

    Marsden is not Near Leeds. NPR as it stand doesn't give you an F network. But assuming a new build line from Marsden to Leeds is built, it gives you: - improved Leeds-Birmingham times - improved Leeds-London times and - consequent relief to the existing network. However, none of these...
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    Ban on building level crossings

    I presume that a crossing on a new or reopened line would be subject to the standard ALARP (as low as reasonably practicable) approach enshrined in UK health and safety legislation. To open a new level crossing you would have to demonstrate that the cost of an alternative bridge or underpass was...
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    NPR - the shambles continues

    I'm not ideologically wedded to any shape of network. Provided it achieves what is required, I'd be happy with whatever network is most efficient. All these different high level options were looked at right at the start of the process, and the Y network emerged as the best option. I can't see...

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