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    Introductions

    Hello :)
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    Autism

    Really glad you are moving forward with it :)
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    Autism

    I’m much the same on all of this :)
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    Autism

    This is a really valid point, maybe using technology so as guards/ station staff can be made available in advance of struggles may be useful - some kind of app or something, that way assistance is tailored to the individual
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    Autism

    It is a trait of ASD - change of routine or plans without notice or expecting it can cause a lot of people with ASD distress, so you are not alone on that one. I could waffle a lot more on traits, but I don’t want to bore you, but if I can be of more assistance, drop me a message :)
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    Autism

    I agree, I think awareness is key. Some have introduced lanyards which are supposed to identify people with hidden disabilities but I think it draws more attention to that person which in many cases isn’t what they want.
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    Alton Footbridge Removed

    Yeah in honesty I’m not 100 percent sure why the bids failed, but I think there was opposition from Network Rail who just wanted it gone.
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    Alton Footbridge Removed

    From what I understand, the group tried to get the whole structure listed more than once but failed in their bid to do so.
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    Autism

    I would hazard a guess, given the size of this community that I’m not the only one with ASD - in my case I’m at the high functioning Aspergers end of the spectrum and have a number of problematic traits (I shan’t list then all because frankly most aren’t relevant to my point) but I and many...
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    Alton Footbridge Removed

    Access into your neighbours garden?!:-p Not sure why you’d need it but the bridge would allow it! Actually given the span, could reach next door but one!
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    Alton Footbridge Removed

    Agreed, one would have thought given the costs involved a clear contract/ agreement would have been put in writing... even if it’s just letters or emails.
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    How truthful are Rail Companies' websites in reporting disruption?

    From a number of years working for big companies (albeit not train operating companies) I can honestly say we were generally forced to be quite sparing with the truth, especially where the actual issue was one caused internally by an error, fault, negligence or incompetence. So sometimes...
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    End of the Line for Weymouth Quay branch - March 2020

    That would have been too easy! Let’s face it government run agencies aren’t the most logical thinkers :-p
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    Alton Footbridge Removed

    :lol: That is genuinely the first thing to make me actually laugh this week! So thank you :)
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    How many of our Heritage Railways are in trouble?

    I believe the Watercress line were very well compensated for the line closure into Alton last year, though how much they lost in that year they couldn’t use Alton, I don’t know. They are also lucky they had The Flying Scotsman when they did... a couple of weeks later and Corona Virus would have...
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    How truthful are Rail Companies' websites in reporting disruption?

    I like it when the automated tannoy says one thing, the human announcer another and the platform screens a third reason... happened at Woking a month or two back!
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    Alton Footbridge Removed

    So it does seem like a lost cause. I’m all for preserving history but I’m struggling with this one... I suppose the only option would be to have it adapted so as it links the forecourt with platform 3 offering direct access to the Watercress Line (for those able to use steps of course) but that...
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    Alton Footbridge Removed

    Agreed, I believe FoAS still think the Watercress Line will take it, but don’t all their stations have bridges anyway? I think it will probably just end up rotting in a field somewhere.
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    Hypothetical: rail companies not accepting cash

    Not on the trains I’ve been on since the outbreak.
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    Hypothetical: rail companies not accepting cash

    I think you’d be completely justified to travel so long as you were willing to pay in cash when challenged, there cannot be any legal argument that you deliberately sought to travel for free on the basis that the option to buy the ticket through your desired method of cash wasn’t made available...

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