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  1. Fire and self-directed traffic seems to be the Achilles heal of these tunnels. With the experiences of Switzerland and Italy, I don't think we'll ever see the Tunnel being converted for car use. https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/editorials/road-tunnel-disasters-make-the-case-for-rail-5363611.html
  2. Thanks for your comprehensive answer Pegpilot. Glad to see it's not just certain Breton shipping companies which are experiencing unlucky timings for fleet replacement!
  3. As a matter of interest, what would be the main societal benefits used to justify an underground railway? Do you think the rail companies (those primarily involved in commuter lines)will see this pandemic as a 2-3 year blip or something thing that is going to cause a fundamental change to their business model?
  4. Good point! The journalist totally ignores the spin-off innovations that some of these projects can conceive.
  5. I'm not an accountant Gareth! but digging deeper, here is another article where the author seems to think it was not a success in the financial sense, at least https://www.ejrcf.or.jp/jrtr/jrtr11/f46_gra.html
  6. Ouch, maybe that is why the FT journalist believes it to be a poor commercial project.
  7. I was intrigued to read this comment by John Kay, a journalist for the FT during the week: "With political direction of innovation we regularly encounter grandiosity of ambition and scale; the belief that strength of commitment overcomes practical problems; an absence of honest feedback; the suppression of sceptical comment and marginalisation of sceptical commentators. All these were seen in Britain’s experience with Concorde, the Channel Tunnel and the AGR nuclear reactor programme, some of the worst commercial projects in history." (13/01/21) I can understand the bit about Concord
  8. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/ghostly-atmosphere-on-one-of-last-ferries-to-britain-before-brexit-takes-hold-1.4448048
  9. I see there in that video, there is a "Castro" lounge onboard. Is that BF giving a hat tip to Comrade Fidel?
  10. Unfortunately, in terms of corona virus propagation, a ship has a more elevated risk level than you public spaces on land. Look what happened some of the cruise lines. At the same time though, it's still a a lot safer than being ensconced in a metal tube at 35,000 feet!
  11. Yes, basically BF are going to culturally appropriate some Spanish culture and give us a version of Spain onboard that they think the British traveling public want. Not a fan of this approach TBH. The Breton theme was much more authentic seeing that the company is from Brittany.
  12. Well this one has become inextricably linked to BF.
  13. I think that chunk of metal at the back is in fact an advertising hoarding. Companies like DFS sofas and Virgin Media broadband could buy space on it. And if a passing freighter captain in the Bay of Biscay ever sees it he'll be like "Oh, I see DFS have a sale on...the sofa in the crew mess room is looking a bit ropy. I must pick up a new one when we get to Felixstowe..."
  14. Interesting article on further rail developments on Spain to UK route. http://www.fruitnet.com/fpj/article/183171/tesco-launches-rail-reefer-service-from-spain
  15. If there was ever a ferry version of Thomas the Tank Engine, Vinga would definitely be one of the cheekier ferries...
  16. She was quite unique in terms of atmosphere alright. I remember visiting Silverstones at around 10pm one night and had to make a hasty retreat. It was like a crowded working mans club at sea. However, the nice thing about the ship it's choice and size. Going up to the "Posh Bar" - atmosphere totally different. In fact, it was like being on another ship. During the daytime, Silverstones was just like a normal pub albeit some fantastic stern views of Bay of Biscay.
  17. Whatever the PoB lacked in modernity, she certainly made up for in atmosphere. Likewise, with MV Fortuny a very chill atmosphere onboard.
  18. Last summer, I stopped at a town in N. Spain called in Jaca, on the foothills of Pyrenees. It was a Thursday night, the town was heaving with tourists who were filling up the cafes, bars, pensions and hotels. A lot of the tourists were English speaking who from earshot we also mentioning words like "boat" "Santander" and "Bilbao". Of course, these were BF customers... I remember thinking to myself, some of these autonomous regions of Northern Spain should be giving Brittany Ferries a subvention for landing all these tourists on their doorstep. It's probably not going to happen. But the ec
  19. I remember Sealink used to promote their "Orient Express" (their ship not the train) cruise in their brochures.
  20. Between double testing protocols and onboard testing, I don't think I've seen another operator apply such stringent COVID-19 prevention measures. Interesting read: https://www.smyrilline.com/customer-service/covid-19-information
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