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27 minutes ago, Never to the dark side said:

Liam Fox MP will raise the issue of portishead line in  the house of commons today (Tuesday 14 June) not sure of the time though.

3 or 4 normally 

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12 minutes ago, Monkeh said:

Since we are talking about rail,

Don't travel by train on 21, 23 and 25th June,

There will be a limited service across the country due to coordinated strike action

Absolute carnage for Glastonbury

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1 hour ago, Monkeh said:

Since we are talking about rail,

Don't travel by train on 21, 23 and 25th June,

There will be a limited service across the country due to coordinated strike action

and the dates in between as the trains will not be in the correct starting locations

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37 minutes ago, phantom said:

and the dates in between as the trains will not be in the correct starting locations

Indeed, it coincides with strikes on the underground as well,

We may well have a long summer of it as well

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Rather glad my walking of the Wales Coast Path and using the rail line between Aberystwyth and Pwllheli is this week. Also helps that the weather is beautiful!

On that note, many millions have already been spent on repairing the Barmouth Viaduct and more will be spent this autumn to complete the job. Of course, transport is a devolved issue, so the Welsh can decide where they want money spent, so they maintain vital lines even if only small populations. And they have reopened lines and stations relatively quickly while at the same time the arguments about the Portishead line have been going round and round but getting nowhere thanks to Network Rail and the Department of Transport. Just proves having a Tory MP in a “safe seat” gets the electorate nothing from Johnson and co.

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Just now, Dr Balls said:

Rather glad my walking of the Wales Coast Path and using the rail line between Aberystwyth and Pwllheli is this week. Also helps that the weather is beautiful!

On that note, many millions have already been spent on repairing the Barmouth Viaduct and more will be spent this autumn to complete the job. Of course, transport is a devolved issue, so the Welsh can decide where they want money spent, so they maintain vital lines even if only small populations. And they have reopened lines and stations relatively quickly while at the same time the arguments about the Portishead line have been going round and round but getting nowhere thanks to Network Rail and the Department of Transport. Just proves having a Tory MP in a “safe seat” gets the electorate nothing from Johnson and co.

Barmouth viaduct decision was funded by the uk government I think and decision made in cp5 before powers were devolved I think that line isn't part of the devolved lines run by tfw, and is ran by network rail and they all report to the dft anyway

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8 minutes ago, Monkeh said:

Barmouth viaduct decision was funded by the uk government I think and decision made in cp5 before powers were devolved I think that line isn't part of the devolved lines run by tfw, and is ran by network rail and they all report to the dft anyway

Runs TFW trains on it, so I assumed it was funded by them. Whatever it can’t be cheap to repair, and certainly having more spent on it than the Portishead line as it stands.

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13 hours ago, Dr Balls said:

Runs TFW trains on it, so I assumed it was funded by them. Whatever it can’t be cheap to repair, and certainly having more spent on it than the Portishead line as it stands.

Of course it was.

Anyone who thinks funding in our part of the world is anywhere near on a par with what Wales gets from the UK taxpayer is simply dreaming.

My mother in law lives in Pembrokeshire & has a railway station in her village that seems to have about 5 passengers a week.

Like a lot in Wales it was somehow saved under Beeching whilst the South West was totally decimated.

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20 hours ago, Mr X said:

What did Liam Fox have to say about the railway line?

@Roger Red Hat was right: there were about 4 MPs in the house. (I wonder if Rees Mogg was there leaving notes for the missing ones)

I didn’t hear the speech, but on TV subsequently he was basically saying that the funding shortfall is £15m, that he’s pushing for this to be found from existing budgets, that he’s hopeful it will be, and looks forward to the money being found shortly. 

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9 minutes ago, italian dave said:

@Roger Red Hat was right: there were about 4 MPs in the house. (I wonder if Rees Mogg was there leaving notes for the missing ones)

I didn’t hear the speech, but on TV subsequently he was basically saying that the funding shortfall is £15m, that he’s pushing for this to be found from existing budgets, that he’s hopeful it will be, and looks forward to the money being found shortly. 

Good for him.

Not ever going to vote Tory, but him & my MP Karin Smyth need to work together on this (she was also there) because no other ****** will help us.

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2 minutes ago, GrahamC said:

Good for him.

Not ever going to vote Tory, but him & my MP Karin Smyth need to work together on this (she was also there) because no other ****** will help us.

Indeed. And he made a very good point about the line being a two way benefit now. Historically it was always about Portishead residents getting to work in Bristol. But nowadays it would help residents from S Bristol to access jobs in Portishead.

Mind you, he then went on to talk about pylons and how the national grid don’t compensate farmers properly: he’s a staunch opponent, apparently, of those in positions of power who think they can ignore the law or ride roughshod over it without being held to account by an independent arbitrator. And he had the nerve to say that without a hint of irony. 

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C4 News reporting live from Portishead on the report today about all the homes and businesses that will be lost to climate change and rising sea levels over the next 30 years. North Somerset has the highest number of any local authority in the country, and Portishead has a high proportion of those.

So maybe it’s not going to be worth bothering with the railway line….

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1 hour ago, italian dave said:

C4 News reporting live from Portishead on the report today about all the homes and businesses that will be lost to climate change and rising sea levels over the next 30 years. North Somerset has the highest number of any local authority in the country, and Portishead has a high proportion of those.

So maybe it’s not going to be worth bothering with the railway line….

Maybe we should suggest building the whole line in a tunnel that can be made waterproof!

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12 hours ago, italian dave said:

C4 News reporting live from Portishead on the report today about all the homes and businesses that will be lost to climate change and rising sea levels over the next 30 years. North Somerset has the highest number of any local authority in the country, and Portishead has a high proportion of those.

So maybe it’s not going to be worth bothering with the railway line….

I didn't see the report, but unless there has been a dramatic change the tipping point was predicted by a report in 2008 to be in around 150 years.

I am sure it will change again anyway, if you go to the Natural History museum they have an exhibit about the changing shape of Britain of the years (the Thames ran through where Norwich is now at one time!}, at different times it shows no Bristol Channel at all and at other times Glastonbury Tor as an island in the Somerset Levels. I know we saw bad flooding in the levels in recent times, but this was for a 1000 year period less than 5000 years ago.

 

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52 minutes ago, Port Said Red said:

I didn't see the report, but unless there has been a dramatic change the tipping point was predicted by a report in 2008 to be in around 150 years.

I am sure it will change again anyway, if you go to the Natural History museum they have an exhibit about the changing shape of Britain of the years (the Thames ran through where Norwich is now at one time!}, at different times it shows no Bristol Channel at all and at other times Glastonbury Tor as an island in the Somerset Levels. I know we saw bad flooding in the levels in recent times, but this was for a 1000 year period less than 5000 years ago.

 

Alfred the Great hid in the Somerset Levels when it was a boggy marsh - which of course was over 1000 years ago 

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56 minutes ago, Barrs Court Red said:

Alfred the Great hid in the Somerset Levels when it was a boggy marsh - which of course was over 1000 years ago 

As this is my view of Wales from my bedroom, I am obviously hoping any change is a few years away. :)

 

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