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    Most exhilarating station approach

    Oh, definitely. So count the line from London Bridge to Charing Cross in this one!
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    Most exhilarating station approach

    Dundee's got quite an approach, too. Just ask William Topaz McGonagall. (North Queensferry also, if you count that as major...)
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    Most exhilarating station approach

    Newcastle, from the King Edward Bridge, surely has to be a contender.
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    Cambridgeshire CAM consultation

    Yes, but I haven't seen it :) I have had the pleasure of driving through one of the 'big dig' tunnels towards the airport, though. That was an odd experience. Longer, more winding tunnels than even Brussels!
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    Cambridgeshire CAM consultation

    Oddly enough, the only other place I've seen a similar scheme is in Cambridge, Massachusetts!
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    Commuter Ferries

    I recently experienced the Tilbury-Gravesend ferry. It's definitely an experience in faded grandeur. You can peer into the derelict terminal at Tilbury - it's quite a sorry sight now. The landing at Gravesend does give the best possible approach to the town, though (even if the pier is mostly...
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    Nexus Metro & Merseyrail: What is the difference?

    When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful, a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical. Oh no, my mistake, sorry.
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    Trivia: Place names that you're not sure how to pronounce

    Thanks goodness for retention tanks, eh? Don't think there's been an announcement for "Sapsed" (Sawbridgeworth) in quite a few years, either...
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    Are we the only country in Europe to have overcrowding issues on trains?

    By that point, I'd stopped noticing such things :)
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    £6m upgrade of Teesside Airport Railway Station

    The only way I can see this working is if they "do a Southend" and rebuild near the railway. But that's dependent on MME sustaining stable passenger volumes, which is far from guaranteed. The only other airport stations I can think of that have comparable outside walks from the terminal to the...
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    Are we the only country in Europe to have overcrowding issues on trains?

    And back to Europe. Yes, there is obviously overcrowding in trains elsewhere. I used to commute out from Amsterdam Zuid to the Schiphol/Hoofddorp business parks, and you could struggle to board even the big double-deckers there. I used to wait for the Germany-Schiphol train (a short-lived...
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    Are we the only country in Europe to have overcrowding issues on trains?

    It was a rather interesting series - featuring the famous Mumbai "super dense crush load". I know this is OT for the thread, but a lot of Indian cities have been really struggling with transport. The suburban rail networks of the big cities weren't built for the two-way commuting that a lot of...
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    Aviation Discussion

    Easy journey by bus, or you can do the route via Gilmour Street. The walk from Gilmour Street to the airport has little to recommend it, to be honest, it's not the best part of town, and there's little of note for the visitor. I do like the station and County Square though - much smartened up...
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    Trivia: Place names that you're not sure how to pronounce

    And let's not forget that you can get a train from Bosham (Bozzum) to Cosham (Cosh-um) with a quick change at Havant.
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    Trivia: Place names that you're not sure how to pronounce

    That's accent more than anything else, though. "Oh" sounds often come out at "oo" in East Angular accents, just as glo'al stops are frequently deployed.
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    Aviation Discussion

    IIRC, it depends on the aircraft. The new ones that have them throughout, have them at every seat. The older ones only have them at front, in the section usually reserved for Business and Economy Comfort. The refurb may be further on these days, though. You get a (basic) drink and a...
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    Aviation Discussion

    Yes, roughly weekly for about 4 years! My knowledge may be slightly outdated now, though, but happy to help if I can.
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    Delayed due to "passengers causing a disturbance"?

    Or, from recent experience: "You need to come to hospital urgently, but we literally have no ambulances we can send to you. Is there anyone nearby who can drive you immediately?" Nearest hospital is about half an hour away, btw.
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    LNER First Class cheaper than standard, surely an error?

    Happens all the time. I used to be an expert at seeking out services where 1st was cheaper, in order to satisfy the only criterion that would let me travel 1st for work... (Used to work on Premium Economy for flights, too...)
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    Questions for people who have used e-tickets

    I had my second e-ticket experience last week. My first one had been smooth enough. I used an app (TrainPal - for the discounts). However, preparing the app for the barriers at Ipswich, the app just crashed band refused to restart. Thankfully, a phone restart sorted it. What would happen in...

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