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Andy Capp
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QUOTE (On the edge @ May 25 2018, 07:36 PM) *
Again, can't see the real connection between physical use and violent order. I suspect that funny business has been going on in the Gents for decades. The violence, as usual, is doubtless overspill gang warfare. And doubtless some gangs might be supplying drugs. If it wasn't drugs it would be something else.

Perhaps if the employed more sniffer dogs...
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Andy Capp
Posted on: May 17 2018, 07:04 PM


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People donít expect velodrome standard roads, just roads that are safe enough so that one need not swerve to avoid. In my view OTE is talking absolute myopic ignorant bollox.
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Andy Capp
Posted on: May 15 2018, 10:07 AM


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OK so I canít get off at Feltham from my carriage, thanks for the warning you POS service!
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Andy Capp
Posted on: May 15 2018, 06:19 AM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ May 13 2018, 07:15 AM) *
We don't put 30mph signs up on every single road so that's no answer. If the emergency services are seriously objecting, then they'd have had the humps removed, even bus drivers, where such traffic calming measures cause serious issues have failed on that one. Answer is straightforward, drive at the right speed.

You dodged the point I was making: the random unexpected nature of some potholes make them dangerous for all road users, whether driving at the speed limit or not.
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Andy Capp
Posted on: May 13 2018, 01:01 AM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ May 12 2018, 05:20 PM) *
The road safety experts disagree, hence strangely positioned and sharp height road humps, rumble strips and the like.

Tell that to the emergency services, besides, unlike potholes, those obstacles are signposted.
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Andy Capp
Posted on: May 12 2018, 02:37 PM


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Thereís nothing safer about having to concentrate on where in the road you may drive or ride.
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Andy Capp
Posted on: May 12 2018, 05:22 AM


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Exactly; itís a health risk for other road users, especially two wheeled vehicles and emergency services.
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Andy Capp
Posted on: May 7 2018, 06:50 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ May 7 2018, 06:38 PM) *
Thatís not really much of an argument. Donít worry because although although Rees Mogg would like to abolish abortion for girls raped by their fathers, parliament wonít let him. dry.gif

You may think it isnít much of an argument, but it is effective and that is all we need.
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Andy Capp
Posted on: May 7 2018, 04:47 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ May 6 2018, 03:32 PM) *
They are a pair of bufoons, but one is much more malign than the other. Boris is just an idiot, but Rees Mogg is a religious fundamentalist.

In a parliamentary democracy, MPs having certain personality traits are tempered.
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Andy Capp
Posted on: May 7 2018, 04:41 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ May 6 2018, 11:50 AM) *
Yeah, Labour are doing rubbish arenít they. laugh.gif

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cz3nmp2ey...-elections-2018

Yes they are: ďBut swings to Labour in London mean that overall they have lost councillors compared to the last time these seats were up, in 2014.Ē
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Andy Capp
Posted on: May 6 2018, 08:34 AM


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Thereís almost no chance of JC for PM; thereís barely anything going for him. If he canít make big gains now, he never will. Even if he deserves it, I donít think he does, we canít have McDonnell and Abbott in government.
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Andy Capp
Posted on: May 3 2018, 07:07 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ May 3 2018, 05:51 PM) *
Aren't all commercial companies contemptuous of their customers? Surely as Adam Smith defined all those years ago, that's capitalism.

We can usually choose to avoid those that demonstrably do.
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Andy Capp
Posted on: May 2 2018, 07:33 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ May 2 2018, 06:44 PM) *
So what, I'd put money on 'the public' telling surveys they are being ripped off on anything they pay for. Petrol, beer, electricity, mobile phones, groceries, etc.etc.etc. Again, that's market forces, everyone is trying to pull one over. All I was attempting to do was work out if you had a justifiable grievance. Cheap is a weasle word, one man's cheap is another's expensive.

I do not have a grievance; I just disagreed. You decided to make an issue out of it. If it ainít cheap for me then it ainít cheap; period.

It is a mistake on your part to assume common = happy.

My grievance is that I believe train operators are contemptuous of its customers.
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Andy Capp
Posted on: May 2 2018, 04:55 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ May 2 2018, 10:19 AM) *
We'd all like inexpensive everything. Again, like it or not, rail fares are what the market bears, that they are 'packing them in' proves that. As for reliability, the railway industry is arguing that they are investing millions to dramatically improve it. So there is a bit of pain before the job is done. There would be no point if service and standards remain as they are. I agree it's a monopoly service and alternatives are substitutes, however the State appointed Regulator, whose job, by statute, is primarily to protect customer interests, seems to be quite satisfied.

So, in the pure market forces approach we as a nation want, our railway system is working well and effectively. The odd thing is that many still have serious complaints, is that simply a covert personal marketing ploy; never be happy and they'll give you more?

I didn't say the price was wrong, I just said the price isn't cheap. Since then it looks like you have been attempting to pick a fight in a phone box.

Most people believe train companies are ripping them off

Survey of British train passengers found overall satisfaction was down
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Andy Capp
Posted on: May 2 2018, 07:06 AM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ May 2 2018, 07:40 AM) *
It's difficult to see who, apart from the passenger, benefits from the subsidy. Arguably, subsidies encourage the sub-optimal use of land for housing and the concentration of commerce in node cities. Issues recognised by economists since the 1900s. To bring back the balance, market forces dogma has it that price and price alone would do that.

If the London peaks were flattened, London employers would not have access to such a large supply of labour and would consequently look at other alternatives, such as moving to other less crowded locations and encouraging the creation of more affordable and comfortable homes in the City itself. So, this effect round here would lead to more firms and so 'easy travel' jobs in Newbury.

So, we are spending money on something not providing much value and arguably quite the reverse, which would be better deployed elsewhere, NHS, Education, Police etc.

Hard I know, but Conservatives are apparently willing to take the long view.

I donít think it is hard to see the benefits of an inexpensive and reliable rail system for all. Most of the people Iím routinely packed in with appear to be regular Joes.

Our company moved to Reading principally for the rail hub location.
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Andy Capp
Posted on: May 1 2018, 11:43 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ May 1 2018, 11:43 AM) *
And who is going to pay for this? Unfortunately we still subsidise many public transport services, train and bus. It might be a superficially attractive proposition but who is going to pick up the tab?

We all do, seeing as we all benefit, whether directly or indirectly.
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Andy Capp
Posted on: May 1 2018, 07:04 AM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ May 1 2018, 06:48 AM) *
You'll only get cheap if someone subsidises, i.e. someone takes a hit. Why should the railway staff, directors and shareholders take a hit simply to subsidise the life styles of others? Would you do more than you need to for customers at work for no reward?

Iím sorry, but that routinely happens in many professions to people paid poorly; however, I maintain: it is not cheap.
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Andy Capp
Posted on: Apr 30 2018, 01:35 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Apr 30 2018, 07:45 AM) *
Well, as was forcably pointed out to some colleagues of mine, arguing with a Conservative MP, market forces are working and demonstrating the railway service is acceptable and adequate.

Yes, the franchise makes the railway service a minopoly, but it's role is in providing a means of transport, so there are viable substitutes. Secondly, because some of the other market elements, as seen in the Porter model are absent, the Government has appointed a Regulator to represent the customer.

As definitions of what represents good service is almost personal, the only real measure of satisfaction is price. So, if for the level of business the operators want and the price they set is accepted by the customers - all is well. Any customer that still feels dissatisfied can complain to the Regulator. If he has what he deems a sufficient number of complaints, then he is obliged to act.

So, right now, customers are still paying, not choosing the substitute, and not complaining, therefore, the railways are therefore doing a good job.

None of that = cheap.
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Posted on: Apr 29 2018, 09:35 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Apr 29 2018, 03:49 PM) *
If you want the higher earnings commuting brings, be prepared to pay the price. Why should the rest if us subsidise already padded earnings?

Because many people use the service including the less socially mobile and essential service staff.
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Posted on: Apr 29 2018, 09:29 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Apr 29 2018, 02:48 PM) *
Quite. And when the railway doesn't work you have the bus. 2 hours to get from Reading when it normally takes 15 mins on the train!! Took half an hour to get out of the car park!!

I avoid rush hour going home; the direct bus takes about an hour after rush hour.

The bus is quite pleasant actually; comfy seat all to yourself. The down side is that I am charged peak rate to get me in to Reading at the same time as the cheap rate train.
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Posted on: Apr 29 2018, 09:22 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Apr 29 2018, 01:28 PM) *
Surely ticket prices even at peak times are reasonable? Market forces are working, passengers, in large numbers, are willing to pay the price asked rather than use the alternatives. Sure, they grumble, but then people grumble about the price of many other things.

Market forces are not working, as I am not able to choose an alternative train they have a captive customer base.

I would use a car except I have incorporated the 2 mile walk to the station as a part of my weekly exercise routine.

As for the options, I am aware of the options; however, that doesnít invalidate my entitlement to complain; HOWEVER, I wasnít originally complaining about the price, as uncheap as it is, it was the shoddy service.
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Posted on: Apr 28 2018, 09:37 AM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Apr 28 2018, 08:33 AM) *
Relatively?

I prefer Ďoff-peakí. Thereís nothing cheap about our railway, except the quality.

I also notice the ticket office now issue the crap ticket design the self service machines issue.
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Posted on: Apr 27 2018, 11:44 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Apr 27 2018, 09:46 AM) *
Punish the cheapskates using a cheap day return.😂

ďCheapĒ? ohmy.gif
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Andy Capp
Posted on: Apr 27 2018, 08:14 AM


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Bloody 2 carriages for the 08:58! GWR tossers.
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Posted on: Apr 23 2018, 03:10 PM


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Vintage TV seems to have disappeared. sad.gif
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