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  1. Envoy

    TFW 2024 Timetable consultation.

    To not fulfil their promise of 2 trains an hour on the Vale of Glamorgan Coast Line is unforgivable. Not only is a short cut between Barry & Bridgend but also the growing population in Llantwit Major and St.Athan are adding to the overloaded roads such as the A48 through St,. Nicholas and the...
  2. Envoy

    South Wales 'Metro' updates

    Ah - I see, it is the Penarth trains that have been removed and switched to buses.
  3. Envoy

    South Wales 'Metro' updates

    How can it be that with Queen Street closed for engineering, valley lines trains are diverted via the City Line at high frequency to/from Cardiff Central and continue to/from Barry following reversal at Central? It has been stated that they can’t improve the frequency on the City Line beyond...
  4. Envoy

    Michael Portillo's railway programme Geat British Railway journeys.

    They are not Great British Railway Journeys. They are simply Portillo wandering from place to place looking for interesting stories. He might just as well travel by car.
  5. Envoy

    Ex LNER (and Grand Central) Mark 4 sets for TfW

    All they need to do is to have some common sense.
  6. Envoy

    Ex LNER (and Grand Central) Mark 4 sets for TfW

    Absolutely appalling that they send the Milford train west from Cardiff at exactly the same time as the service from Manchester arrives on the adjoining platform.
  7. Envoy

    South Wales 'Metro' updates

    it is a lot of hassle for passengers arriving off mainline services at Central to then go to P6 and take a train to Queen Street and then transfer to another train to the Bay. In fact, it would be easier to just exit Central south side and catch a bus. (The Cardiff Bus 6 now goes direct to Bay...
  8. Envoy

    South Wales 'Metro' updates

    More on the Central to Bay link:> https://www.wales247.co.uk/new-design-and-build-partner-set-to-be-appointed-for-cardiff-crossrail
  9. Envoy

    South Wales 'Metro' updates

    I really wonder how many buses are going to use the so called Transport Interchange on the NE side of Central station? I heard that National Express were not going to use it and will stay in Sophia Gardens. (It would be impossible to use the new Transport Interchange when fans are in the city...
  10. Envoy

    South Wales 'Metro' updates

    Looking at that map, it is not clear if the new tram route is elevated or crossing roads with traffic? Why does it spend so long on the road south of the Central station and not get straight off the road into what is now the car park? The last thing we need is on street running delaying...
  11. Envoy

    TrainSplit beta site

    They asked us to tell them what we think ion the new site yet gave us no way of doing this. I think that they should clearly ask “Do you want full flexibility”? as a lot of people won’t understand what ‘Open Return’ means. It is only by selecting Open Return that we get rid of the specific...
  12. Envoy

    South Wales 'Metro' updates

    I see a vacant patch of land in Cardiff between the Bay branch and where the valley lines approach Central near Bute Street. That land is currently being cleared presumably for another tower block? I really do wonder if a chord could have been inserted across this land to enable the tram-trains...
  13. Envoy

    Why aren't the FLIRTs more nationally widespread?

    I like the level boarding/ride but the seats on the TfW ones are not a good shape and too hard. Apart form those above the bogey, the seats are set too low.
  14. Envoy

    Staff Vaping

    I have just read the British Airways uniform policy and think that some of the train companies can learn a thing or two from it. They would certainly never allow vaping by staff in public. I also note that non natural hair colours are forbidden as are visible tattoos - presumably because this...
  15. Envoy

    Staff Vaping

    Many thanks everyone for your comments thus far. I wonder what the attitude to vaping in public whilst by your workplace is in other professions? Do we see airline crews hanging around the entrances to airports vaping? What about teachers vaping in the yard surrounded by the children or at the...
  16. Envoy

    South Wales 'Metro' updates

    Thanks for that Mike. I did see the trench & pipe.
  17. Envoy

    South Wales 'Metro' updates

    I have just been to Cardiff Bay. Very disappointing to see the lack of progress.
  18. Envoy

    Staff Vaping

    I just saw a number of GWR staff waiting outside the main entrance to Cardiff Central vaping. Not a good look. Presumably TOC’s don’t mind uniformed staff vaping in public view?
  19. Envoy

    South Wales 'Metro' updates

    The new transport interchange at Barry Dock station is not exactly off to a roaring start. https://busandtrainuser.com/2024/02/01/bus-less-transport-interchange-gets-a-bus/#more-55234 The money would have been better spent making the rammed car park at Cogan bigger by utilising all the...
  20. Envoy

    South Wales 'Metro' updates

    A load of 756’s have been sitting in sidings in Barry since last summer - with the occasional test run. They could now be making use of the electrified lines in the central valleys if TfW had got on and up-trained the staff already used to the 231’s. I can’t help but think that TfW are...

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