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by dave holladay
21 Oct 2011, 9:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A place to record cyclists using trains
Replies: 220
Views: 31833

Re: A place to record cyclists using trains

The Severn Beach line commuters - reverse flow mainly from Stapleton Road to Avonmouth or Severn Beach is popular for cycle-rail commuting. No sane person would leave a bike parked overnight on open racks at Severn Beach & Avonmouth, and employment locations can be 2-3 miles from station with no...
by dave holladay
21 Oct 2011, 8:28pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A place to record cyclists using trains
Replies: 220
Views: 31833

Re: A place to record cyclists using trains

pal - various types of Northern Train on the Blackpool route, but the refurbished class 156's have heeded a lot of ideas which were input by cyclists. The sliding doors have been completely removed from the cross-passages by the end doors, and this make it much easier to get around the corner (at l...
by dave holladay
8 Sep 2011, 1:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help! Need a lawyer - fork failure
Replies: 22
Views: 2542

Re: Help! Need a lawyer - fork failure

That is an aluminium alloy fork and in the initial photo there is a scratch on the upper section which matches a small triangular patch of a differnt colour to the surrounding fracture. From the look of the fracture the crack has been developing over a period as only about a third of the section (ar...
by dave holladay
8 Sep 2011, 12:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike damaged by easyjet
Replies: 28
Views: 5283

Re: Bike damaged by easyjet

Did you sign a limited release waiver? This effectively limits the liability of the carrier under the Montreal Convention (and sometimes EU legislation) on passengers rights for personal injury and loss. The limited release is where they get you to sign away rights for items that are fragile, like b...
by dave holladay
24 Aug 2011, 1:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Beware Gatwick / Norwegian airline & unpacked bikes
Replies: 39
Views: 24015

Re: Beware Gatwick / Norwegian airline & unpacked bikes

I've current contact with BA to make sure all keeps stable - big benefit at LHR is that Terminal 5 is all in house operation, and we did know that at one stage of checking selectivly reduced samples of the baggage bikes won't fit the scanning system. However they have a protocol to by-pass that stag...
by dave holladay
9 Aug 2011, 8:59am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: HS2
Replies: 608
Views: 81016

Re: HS2

Because these projects have such a narrow focus thay deliver a worse journey that previously Cambridge busway journey times are longer than you could do 50 years ago when there were trains on the line HS2 49 minutes needs to add on 25 to 30 minutes to transfer from Birmingham NS (22 minutes BHM to M...
by dave holladay
25 Jul 2011, 6:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Taking ba bike back across Europe via train
Replies: 14
Views: 1107

Re: Taking ba bike back across Europe via train

Eurostar were actually selling a lighter and thinner equivalent for this very purpose from the counter at Eurodespatch - I'll see what is happening here. You did reduce the size to the 120x90 for carry on suitcase I presume? or did they quibble about size?
by dave holladay
24 Jul 2011, 10:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: BMI Baby - Bikes - CTC bags OK ?
Replies: 1
Views: 474

Re: BMI Baby - Bikes - CTC bags OK ?

I did deal with BMI a couple of years ago and it was OK - we had a big party going LHR to Eastern Europe on 1 flight per day and they had a 3 bike limit notionally on the flight but arranging all to check in together, and use a full luggage trailer sorted the issue. Bigger problem is that Cardiff (&...
by dave holladay
24 Jul 2011, 10:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How to get from Ullapool
Replies: 33
Views: 9556

Re: How to get from Ullapool

Bike carriage helped Tim to keep service going in some years and bus runs return trip to Durness. If only a few bikes they go inside the bus, so he need notice to run with the trailer - used to have capacity for 1 tandem Remember that a default clause in bus contract on Western Isles requires most s...
by dave holladay
23 Jul 2011, 2:32am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: HS2
Replies: 608
Views: 81016

Re: HS2

PS The Spanish High Speed line has closed after barely 6 months as only 9 passngers per day were reported to be using it - but in creating this route they have destroyed to old slow service and now there are no trains at all. No one has bid to build a £13bn high speed line in Brazil and the governme...
by dave holladay
23 Jul 2011, 2:22am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: HS2
Replies: 608
Views: 81016

Re: HS2

Everyone seems to be focussed on this faster journey between places people don't really want of go to or from, and ignores the fact that real journeys are made door to door. The current network works much better for this and can deliver remarkable door to door journey times by combining the consiste...
by dave holladay
22 Jul 2011, 11:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How to get to Montpellier.
Replies: 10
Views: 993

Re: How to get to Montpellier.

Given the time to check-in and other hassles of flying London to Montpelier by rail is around 6 hours - just a couple of hours longer than flying once all the hanging about and checking in is completed. For speed book the bike for £30 from STP and you can grab it directly if you present the doquet t...
by dave holladay
22 Jul 2011, 11:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Taking ba bike back across Europe via train
Replies: 14
Views: 1107

Re: Taking ba bike back across Europe via train

See the CTC sheet on flying with a bike and the CTC bike bag info. Basically if you can meet the dimensions for accepted carry-on luggage with the packed bike you take it on as luggage. In 1980's I almost never paid the £3 fee with BR and never paid the fee on SNCB/DB by whipping out the wheels on t...
by dave holladay
22 Jul 2011, 11:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany ferries French fares compared to British
Replies: 13
Views: 1138

Re: Brittany ferries French fares compared to British

Just to let you know, having seen the mention of Harwich and Newcastle sailings, I've been dealing with DFDS and they are closing bookings for foot passengers and cyclists, but keeping the sailing available for those travelling with a car - basic commercial reality but a rather ridiculous contra-sus...
by dave holladay
22 Jul 2011, 11:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Harwich-Esbjerg Ferry!
Replies: 21
Views: 3261

Re: Harwich-Esbjerg Ferry!

Update Missed call on Mobile from 0191 number - was from DFDS and I called back - They do operate yield management program with capacity on boats, and position seems to be changeable right up to sailing time. If they have likely car demand, the foot and cycle bookings suppressed (ie closed) and cars...