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  1. gembo
    Member

    Strategic to write this for the DailyMail? Or has Carlton gone to the dark side?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  2. chdot
    Admin

    My piece on ⁦ @travelmail ⁩ is also on the Mail homepage so is attracting some, ahem, interesting comments. My favourite so far is “Well la dee da for this dilettante.”

    https://mobile.twitter.com/carltonreid/status/1607701316901502979

    Posted 1 year ago #
  3. chdot
    Admin

    If you don’t want to click on a link to the Mail, article is also here - http://authory.com/CarltonReid

    Posted 1 year ago #
  4. gembo
    Member

    Thanks that is better

    Posted 1 year ago #
  5. LaidBack
    Member

    Eco Ferry from England to France.
    Smaller than an oligarchs yacht though but not a threat to planet or Stena Line!
    https://saillink.co.uk/

    Did many family bike, ferry and train journeys - they were a lot of fun but always more expensive and mystified our friends! (Edinburgh Airport being their normal start versus a long drive or train to ferry in south). Lot less ferries now from Scotland and Newcastle. Even Shetland has lost Smyril Line connect.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  6. gembo
    Member

    Bending down to retrieve the soap, I don’t recommend

    Posted 1 year ago #
  7. ejstubbs
    Member

    “Well la dee da for this dilettante.”

    I can only presume that the writer of that comment was ignorant of the meaning of the word "dilettante", given that Carlton does this kind of thing for a living.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  8. chdot
    Admin

  9. chdot
    Admin

    The ScotRail increase has been postponed for at least three months until March at the earliest, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced in September. Fares on cross-Border operators like LNER and Avanti West Coast will not rise until March 5 and be capped at 5.9 per cent – less than half the current inflation rate – the UK Government said before Christmas.

    But the changes in how much we pay to travel by train – and bus – may go far further than that. South of the Border, a £2 limit on most bus fares is due to be introduced next week and last until March, while the Scottish Government could also cut ticket prices as part of its Fair Fares review, which was launched as part of the SNP’s power-sharing agreement with the Scottish Greens in 2021.

    https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/new-year-rail-fares-hike-no-more-with-potentially-dramatic-changes-to-come-3969052

    Posted 1 year ago #
  10. chdot
    Admin

    Video of progress on Levenmouth line -

    https://twitter.com/NetworkRailSCOT/status/1612498938082299916

    Posted 1 year ago #
  11. chdot
    Admin

    THE transport minister has said she is constrained by UK law to consider the continued use of outsourcing firm Serco which has the £800m franchise to operate overnight rail passenger services between Scotland and London.

    https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/23246808.ministers-betrayal-highest-order-caledonian-sleeper/

    Posted 1 year ago #
  12. Arellcat
    Moderator

    And some good discussion about the target demographic of Caley Sleeper passengers:

    https://twitter.com/MiriamBrett/status/1613198805255479299

    It all sounds a bit like how British Airways determined appropriate ticket prices for flights on Concorde. When they surveyed passengers, it became apparent that most of them were well-to-do business travellers who were unaware of the exact prices: one had one's secretary make the bookings; one had one's accountant take care of the budgets. When BA asked them what they thought the price was, the answers were noticeably higher than what they were charging, and consequently BA put up the prices to match.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  13. chdot
    Admin

  14. chdot
    Admin

    Customers can buy their discounted tickets between Thursday, 26 January and Thursday, 2 February 2023 inclusive, with travel valid between 26 January and 28 February 2023 inclusive.

    https://www.scotrail.co.uk/about-scotrail/news/scotrail-half-price-sale-launches-millions-tickets-available

    Posted 1 year ago #
  15. chdot
    Admin

    Is there a danger that all the noise around driving, e-cars, and parking at railway stations is drowning out the reality: that most passengers walk, take the bus and cycle to the station? By only listening to the hype and hysteria around driving, and parking, statutory bodies risk ignoring the potential for increasing clean and healthy travel.....

    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/most-passengers-walk-station-john-lauder

    Posted 1 year ago #
  16. chdot
    Admin

    HIGH SPEED FAIL HS2 shambles as it’s revealed £60billion high speed rail project may not go to central LONDON

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/21179002/hs2-chaos-may-not-reach-central-london

    BBC says ‘ministers not denying it’.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  17. chdot
    Admin

    One of London’s largest construction sites can be found at Old Oak Common in west London, where a huge new railway station is being built. When it opens in 2029-33, it’ll offer direct interchanges between the HS2 railway, the Elizabeth line and the Great West Main Line, mainly GWR services, out to south Wales and the west of England. It’ll also include provision for a future London Overground station next door, and even Chiltern Railways could call here.

    https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/articles/see-inside-h2s-new-old-oak-common-railway-station-60166/

    Posted 1 year ago #
  18. chdot
    Admin

    HS2 will run to central London, Jeremy Hunt says

    Chancellor moves to quash reports that high-speed rail link might not terminate at Euston

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/jan/27/hs2-rail-may-not-reach-central-london-cost-project-soars

    Posted 1 year ago #
  19. chdot
    Admin

    ASLEF - 1 and 3 February 2023 The upcoming strike action by rail union, ASLEF, on 1 and 3 February, doesn’t involve ScotRail drivers and our services will not be affected.

    https://www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/passenger-disruption/industrial-action

    Posted 1 year ago #
  20. chdot
    Admin

  21. Arellcat
    Moderator

    Interesting thread on the bird site:

    Yamesh
    @yamesh
    What was the logic behind the current system in the first
    place (assuming there was some...)

    The Man in Seat 61
    @seatsixtyone

    Good question! £80 return, but £79 one-way does seem an odd system to introduce in the first place. Well, once upon a time in a galaxy far far away, only a hefty standard one-way fare and a hefty standard return fare existed...

    https://twitter.com/seatsixtyone/status/1622335070903091201

    Posted 1 year ago #
  22. LaidBack
    Member

    Could ScotGov not have done this before now?
    Railfares are looking increasingly luxurious - went to Celtic Connections and the anytime return was £27 (had to travel at congestion time).
    The concert at Oran Mor cost less. Train is fast though and Subway connects.

    If the single fare was less then more 'entitlted'
    people might use bus one way and train the other. Over summer I ended uo with several unused returns.
    Planning train journeys takes time and spent too much time on family holidays doing that. Now I just want a fair price with some flexibility.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  23. chdot
    Admin

  24. steveo
    Member

    The advanced singles introduced a few years ago were a huge advantage on the old returns. I often buy to and from different stations now. Unthinkable in the old days.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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  29. neddie
    Member

    Anyone know if it’s easy / possible to get a bike on the HST sets to Perth via Stirling?

    Does the bike need booked?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  30. Tulyar
    Member

    @neddie Faster & Cheaper to catch Ember coach (St Andrew Square) & get off at Friarton Interchange with off road path (but stream to cross) along river to Perth, or ride road (a bit busy)

    Also stops by request at Bridge of Earn junction (slip roads) & you cycle in on Perth-Newburgh road (old A90 via Glenfarg)

    Edinburgh-Dundee service (E1/E2)runs 24 hr Edinburgh-Dundee 1hr 10m off peak

    Bike reservations (free) normally 2 per coach but pre booking can have 6 bikes on back carrier.

    Posted 1 year ago #

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