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PhilipInCoventry
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1051 of 1076  Thu 1st Aug 2019 8:26am  
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Morning all Wave 31 Jul from BBC news. Call to open two new railway stations Local Democracy Reporting Service There have been calls to reopen a Coventry railway station which closed in 1965 and build another, brand new one. The Conservatives on Coventry City Council say it would help reduce congestion and pollution and perhaps avoid the need for an unpopular pollution charge for motorists entering the city. The Conservative group leader, councillor Gary Ridley, pointed out there was no station between Coventry and Rugby and added: "The city is under represented in terms of train stations." The party has been leafleting people living near the former Coundon Road railway station and has received support from the Conservative West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street. Site of the original Brandon & Wolston station now, picture below from over sixty years ago. My opinion is that any replacement of the former Brandon & Wolston, needs to be a user friendly park & ride.
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1052 of 1076  Fri 2nd Aug 2019 8:42am  
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Given the incredibly high prices quoted for station building I can see no way this will ever happen. Kenilworth cost £4.3m for 50 people an hour - hardly an economic no-brainer
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1053 of 1076  Wed 14th Aug 2019 9:52am  
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Virgin Trains lose West Coast Mainline franchise to FirstGroup
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PhilipInCoventry
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1054 of 1076  Sat 24th Aug 2019 2:42pm  
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Hi all Wave A visit by train to Kenilworth. The location in Kenilworth, at the end of Station Road, is ten minutes walk for me from the High Street area. Enjoyed a good coffee & bacon roll in the Rocking Horse cafe. Not cheap, but neither was the bacon & coffee. It was top quality. Maybe some sort of bus liaison is needed. Not easy getting joined up thinking between local authorities, railways & bus operators. View looking towards Coventry.
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1055 of 1076  Sun 25th Aug 2019 12:53am  
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There was a bus - but not enough people used it. It was withdrawn at the end of May. Bus service to be withdrawn from Kenilworth Station Peter.
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PhilipInCoventry
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1056 of 1076  Sun 25th Aug 2019 7:42am  
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Hi Peter Wave Thank you for that. Cheers A shuttle service was always going to be dubious, most reopened railway stations are slow burners, the through service from Nuneaton has only recently started, which from my experience yesterday has generated more passenger usage who alighted at Kenilworth, than that I saw twelve months ago. Maybe re-routing one of the through bus services might be of use. Yesterday was such a good experience of speed & comfort on the train, leaving the Ricoh at 10.28am & arrived in Kenilworth sixteen minutes later. Returning at midday on a hot day, the aircon was fab on the train. In contrast to yesterday’s lovely summer heat, a picture for you Peter, the coldest midday temperature ever recorded in January 1963, the River Severn frozen right across.
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1057 of 1076  Sun 25th Aug 2019 5:49pm  
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Hi Philip, I'm glad you are getting out and about again. Cheers The 1963 picture has a nice cooling effect (very slightly before my time). Operating railways in extreme heat or cold is no fun. The equipment gets very temperamental and doesn't work properly (the same can be said of the staff). I've read elsewhere that it takes about three years for a new train service to reach its full potential. The first passenger usage figures for Kenilworth should be published in December. The "Station Approach", the road from Kenilworth station to the main shopping street, has two sections of one way, both away from the Waitrose car park so is no use as a through route and any bus using the station would miss the main shopping street and the "bus interchange", probably losing more passengers than it gained. I think most people who get on a bus in Kenilworth stay on it until Coventry or Leamington as it will also cut out the walk from the station at the other end. Peter.
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PhilipInCoventry
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1058 of 1076  Mon 26th Aug 2019 1:15am  
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Hi Peter, Wave There will always be winners & losers in re-routing or even altering the road access, & on a dry day like Saturday, for me it was a pleasant ten minute walk. I suppose part of my gripe is the politics of getting folks out of their cars in aid of the carbon footprint, but not providing a suitable alternative for ease of access. At least the lady in my next picture had a shopping trolley, as it would not be so convenient for anyone disabled.
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1059 of 1076  Tue 27th Aug 2019 12:09am  
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Hi Philip, Unfortunately an hourly rail service will have little attraction to most motorists. Nobody wants to finish their shopping/meeting and find they have a 55 minute wait. In the Midlands only the Cross-City line and Metro have turn up and go frequencies. Coventry and Wolverhampton to Birmingham (but not the local stations) just about manages it. I could drive to Birmingham in the 40 minutes I have had to wait at Canley. Peter.
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PhilipInCoventry
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1060 of 1076  Tue 27th Aug 2019 7:51am  
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Hi Peter, Wave I had an office in the centre of Birmingham for many years, the only time I was late was when I used my car. It's so long ago, when Coventry first joined the West Midlands conurbation, the go anywhere in the West Midlands bus ticket was 75p. I well remember the expression on the face of the company cashier when I presented my ticket with my expense claim, when others’ expense claims were several pounds. I could travel on the train with it, but was restricted to the local services only, not the intercity trains. That was soon relaxed as there were no local services on Sunday afternoons back then. My Pam still has cancer, so I am not as free to be out & about like I once was, so I use what opportunities arise. I am meeting my chum this morning all being well at the No1 coffee lounge, not sure where we go to after that - Coffee#1 Coventry. Hope you have a good day. I love us sharing banter, with the experiences that we have. One lump or two? I'm zero sugar now.
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1061 of 1076  Tue 27th Aug 2019 7:15pm  
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Hi Phil, They (Council or Network Rail) are installing new kerbing on the approach to Coundon Road Level Crossing. It looks hopeful that the original spear-top fencing will be re-installed. Several of the uprights remain in place. Peter. ps I am free most Tuesdays. PM me if you want to meet up for coffee (milk, no sugar).
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MisterD-Di
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1062 of 1076  Tue 27th Aug 2019 11:43pm  
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On 27th Aug 2019 7:51am, PhilipInCoventry said: I had an office in the centre of Birmingham for many years, the only time I was late was when I used my car.
That must have been a very long time ago. Our experience was very different and the poor rail service between Coventry and Birmingham was a major reason for us moving out of Coventry in the mid 90s. We lived in the centre of Coventry and my wife worked in the centre of Birmingham, so commuting should have been easy. I worked in Sutton Coldfield and would drop her at Coventry Station every morning. However, the service was so unreliable that she would often arrive an hour and a half after I dropped her. The homeward journey was just as bad. The refunds on her season ticket were a monthly admission of shame. I tried dropping her in Sutton at Wylde Green station near my office but it was still hopeless. Eventually we sold up and moved to Sutton, and became a two car family. She still drives into Birmingham every day, even though the Cross City line has improved, as we don't live near a station. On a different tack, I do use my senior travel pass on local trains and in fact I'm going to Coventry tomorrow with it. However, it is frustrating that you can use it on trains all over the West Midlands but not to get to Leamington, Kenilworth, Rugby or Nuneaton. It would be great if it extended to Warwickshire too.
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PhilipInCoventry
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1063 of 1076  Wed 28th Aug 2019 12:25am  
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Hello MisterD-Di Wave My Birmingham commuting time started in 1973, usually just one day a week, more if the company had high volume foreign currency business. There were disruptions from time to time, rail strikes were a nuisance, but on such occasions I used the bus, Midland Red 159, even if it meant starting out from home around six am. What was a pain was when I had to swap stations at Wolverhampton, to low level when I was visiting Wrekin Construction. That was unreliable. The issue of no free access to Warwickshire county locations is not only a frustration for us living in the West Midlands, it’s a source of bad feelings for folk living in Warwickshire, who have no free rail access whatsoever. A postcode lottery. Nice hearing from you.
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1064 of 1076  Wed 28th Aug 2019 8:25am  
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On 27th Aug 2019 11:43pm, MisterD-Di said: On a different tack, I do use my senior travel pass on local trains and in fact I'm going to Coventry tomorrow with it. However, it is frustrating that you can use it on trains all over the West Midlands but not to get to Leamington, Kenilworth, Rugby or Nuneaton. It would be great if it extended to Warwickshire too.
Mr D-Di, I envy you having such a pass - because I'm a bit younger than you, I have to wait a long time for mine! I think the problem you have stems from the fact that Warwickshire used to encompass Coventry, Solihull and a lot of Birmingham. Then in the early 70s, the powers that be invented this new "county" of West Midlands, which is quite distinct from Warwickshire, in which I live. Long live the them and us. I have a senior railcard of course, which gets me a third off all fares. But it's still much more expensive by train from Leamington to Brum than it is from Cov. So I tend to go from Tile Hill or Canley.
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1065 of 1076  Wed 28th Aug 2019 9:19am  
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Good to hear of the possible re-use Peter. This section at the exit of the underpass was amazingly bent by a growing tree which they have now disposed of! Google Map'ed
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