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    Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus Discussion

    I was fortunate to be able to visit Dublin in 2019, and was struck by the state of the bus network there. To me, as a passenger with little knowledge of the network, but with a lot of experience using buses elsewhere, the entire experience was chaotic to say the least. The very poor...
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    Onboard announcements on buses set to become standard?

    Given that many bus stops still don't have consistent, unique (at least for the area) names that are usable for journey planners/timetables, even that would be a start!
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    Former UN rapporteur claims UK bus privatisation breached basic rights

    This is where the fundamental disagreement lies between the British view of public transport and the view taken in much of Europe and the rest of the world. In several countries such a right is written into law. That right ensures that everyone has a basic level of independence. The moment...
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    Vaccine Progress, Approval, and Deployment

    I think while it's true, that sending people round door to door will not persuade everyone, I do think that it's possible that it can work for a certain proportion of people - at the very least it can give them some more information, allow them to ask questions directly, and motivate them to do...
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    about SBB Re4/4, Re6/6, EWII withdrawal and replacement trains

    A lot of the EW IV coaches are apparently not in great condition. Some of them have had extensive corrosion repair work done on them, but those are likely the ones to be kept. I'm not sure there are many coaches to be withdrawn that would be worth buying anywhere else. International trains and...
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    about SBB Re4/4, Re6/6, EWII withdrawal and replacement trains

    I think a couple of coaches have been handed to SBB Historic, so they will still be around in heritage trains for a while yet.
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    about SBB Re4/4, Re6/6, EWII withdrawal and replacement trains

    "withdrawn" is probably the best word. I don't know whether some of them are still in a siding somewhere, but they are no longer in service and will be scrapped eventually.
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    If a cyclist, do you use dedicated cycle paths?

    A shared use pedestrian/bike path is not good cycle infrastructure, in most cases it's a cop-out. So no, in most cases they are not a good use of money and there are often perfectly good reasons why they don't get used. That doesn't mean that good cycle infrastructure (that also costs money)...
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    Station announcements too long

    The alternative is to have one or several "standard" stopping patterns, with any modifications being announced. For example, the Metropolitan line does this. You have "all stations", "semi-fast" and "fast" services, with standard stopping patterns. For those fast trains that call at Wembley...
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    Cyclists - your experiences on the road

    Blame is not absolute. The right question is, why is only the cyclist to blame (Hint: they're not). Riding in thick fog without lights is monumentally stupid and neglegent, but you're right that a driver must also drive to the conditions in such a scenario. But that brings us back to the...
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    Where will we be able to go Abroad restriction free from May 17th ? (Europe)

    I think that statement says more about you than it does about the Germans. I've yet to meet a German who views Europe in the way you're suggesting.
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    about SBB Re4/4, Re6/6, EWII withdrawal and replacement trains

    As far as I know the new RABe 511 units are only 160 km/h and are mainly destined for the slower IC and regional services where 200 km/h is not necessary. That is likely also a reason (apart from the significant issues with the RABDe 502 units), why no further RABDe 502s were ordered (the 200...
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    Cyclists - your experiences on the road

    The motor is there to reduce the effort needed by the rider to turn the pedals, which makes cycling more accessible and attractive to those that would struggle otherwise. A London bike courier on a road bike won't be any slower than an ebike, but not everyone is young or fit enough to ride that...
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    (Austria) OBB cancel Talent 3 EMU order for Vorarlberg S-Bahn, decision on Tyrol fleet to be made imminently.

    One of the things you test, is that if something fails, that it does so safely. That doesn't mean it has to work as it's supposed to :D
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    (Austria) OBB cancel Talent 3 EMU order for Vorarlberg S-Bahn, decision on Tyrol fleet to be made imminently.

    From what I've heard Bombardier also outsourced much of their software development, which seems not to have gone so well. The problem with software on trains is that much of it is safety critical, meaning it has to be tested and verified very carefully, and this verification is enormously...
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    Why do we have to press a button to open train doors in the UK and European countries?

    I suspect this approach also makes dispatch slightly easier too. If the door is closed, it is likely there is nothing obstructing or stuck in it. If there is, it can be opened again in good time (although personally I've never seen that happen, the sensors are very reliable and react almost...
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    (Austria) OBB cancel Talent 3 EMU order for Vorarlberg S-Bahn, decision on Tyrol fleet to be made imminently.

    I think the point is if you can't get regulatory approval for your trains after so long, then at some point ÖBB must be able to cut their losses. Clearly they have decided that now is the time.
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    (Austria) OBB cancel Talent 3 EMU order for Vorarlberg S-Bahn, decision on Tyrol fleet to be made imminently.

    The funny part of this whole story is that Alstom are still insisting that they will deliver the trains to ÖBB "as per the contract", despite ÖBB no longer wanting them. And then there's the fact that under the merger agreement, Alstom have to sell the Talent platform to another manufacturer...
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    about SBB Re4/4, Re6/6, EWII withdrawal and replacement trains

    The platforms at Thalwil have been somewhat controversially shortened to 300m usable length during level-boarding platform height adjustments (there is a very active rolling programme of rebuilding platforms to the Swiss 55cm standard, due to equality legislation that comes into force in January...
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    about SBB Re4/4, Re6/6, EWII withdrawal and replacement trains

    I don't know the details, but I'm guessing they are crewed the same as the planned train where possible. I've definitely seen Ersatzzüge with EW IV that have guards/conductors.

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