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  1. Any pax heading for Portsmouth between these dates from Southern stations note that the line between Chichester/Barnham and Havant will be closed. Buses will run from both ends with an express service as well as stoppers. Make sure you pick the right one! Weekday journey times are about twenty minutes longer overall as far as I can tell so far, weekends may be different. Ticket acceptance is NOT, repeat NOT, in place on the SWR Portsmouth Direct routes, except for lengthy seasons. More information here
  2. That reminds me of the time I boarded an HST at Reading (1st stop) to go down to Plymouth. The lady opposite had clearly laid out what was obviously an expensive cashmere sweater on the seat next to her for the purpose of deterring others. When she got off at Taunton or Exeter St D, I can't recall which, she was so reluctant to show what she had done she had to leave the thing there!
  3. And learn absolutely nothing a value only of price.
  4. If BF can't get jobs done properly by contractors - and posts on here for months now seem to show they can't - then the solution is obvious.
  5. I know it's a typo but I love the idea of a ticket bending machine but I 'd like a ticket lending machine more 😊
  6. The Steam Railway issued a statement a couple of weeks ago confirming that the St John's Road scheme was dead. In my view they would have been misguided to have even thought it was worthwhile. As for the rest of it I do wonder if some thought will be given to demolishing the remains of the old tramway pier before it collapses. It is well over time for the Esplanade 'interchange' to get a facelift it really is getting to look very drab. Most of all though there needs to be some determination to actually collect the fares due. The last times I've travelled no attempt has been made to either check tickets or make sales. Yet it is impossible to buy through day return tickets from many mainland stations to Island Line destinations.
  7. As one who has spent most of his adult life with seemingly one group after another threatening to blow me up or hijack me - bomb scare evacuations became sooooooo tedious in the seventies - if I was offered the choice (which I never have been) I'd prefer to do without all the security, the lot, and take my chance. Any other approach and, sorry, they - whoever it is - have won!
  8. There is all the difference in the world between doing a job properly and the cheap and cheerful antics we have now. I said they don't make me feel any more secure and they darned well don't. I am not talking about border controls I am talking about 'security'.
  9. You might feel more secure with these precautions - I don't. Sadly minimally trained personnel in some cases, not Portsmouth, who have little English 'going through the motions' dies not make me feel any more secure at all. If you want to see how we got where we are google 'new public management' - yes it's 'Tina' who's got us to a point where the public service is a laughing stock. It behaves in the way it thinks private business does without of course understanding business at all. Current travel security is a farce designed to comfort the gullible and infuriate the innocent.
  10. If approaching Portsmouth from the East there is one in Emsworth A259, South Street Car Park. It is cleverly designed to look like a petrol pump which must say something about someone's mind-set! The hour or so can be well spent here especially if you need to eat before an evening departure - the choice is wide.
  11. Yes but I seem to recall that even when folk were complaining about lack of capacity over all alternative modes BF reported that at no time did they not have space on any route. It was almost as if they didn't exist for some who were paying vast amounts to various opportunists.
  12. Interestingly, but coincidental, in June the City of London announced plans to consolidate all its wholesale markets (New Spits, Billingsgate & Smithfield) on a new site just up the road at Dagenham Dock. This too was chosen on access grounds amongst other considerations.
  13. Millsy


    When I lived oop there they used to prefer their cheddar red, as in this colour, in the North of England
  14. When they were first mooted as a replacement for the Dennys the promotional material went big on a 15 minute crossing, and for commuters wanting an omnibus service that was probably a plus. But for the leisure traveller they were almost completely misguided and the lack of an outside deck was a massive, really massive, error. I disliked them intensely and find the present vessels an improvement. As for the current service frequency I travelled both ways on Bank Holiday Sunday and the loadings were surprisingly light, I would have thought the frequencies were about right. Mind you you have to be my age to know how the carryings have fallen away since the days when the queues could stretch a third of the way down the pier on a summer evening. BR used to run a seven car shuttle train from Pier Head to Esplanade as well as the Shanklin train in connection with each sailing at peak times.
  15. The chap was called Michael Rayner and the glassware was very fine indeed. It was certainly there in 1979 because we bought my in-laws a very nice red vase for their Ruby Wedding. I think the premises are now a Fish and Chip shop. The IoW glass produced now is not of the same quality.
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