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  1. Having worked in the bus industry on and off I'm with Natalie. Assuming her report is correct the driver was behaving not just boorishly but dangerously. The green signal means "go if it is safe to do so" which means the driver (NG in this case) still has a responsibility to check it is safe before proceeding, blowing the horn in this way may result in the driver in front not using their judgement. NG's report would have been taken seriously, but would not, on it's own, cost the driver his job. If there were already similar reports on file it might. even further there are good and bad bus drivers around, and most companies have some idea which is which. The worst example of a bad driver I heard of was from a firm in Cambridgeshire, who on the last bus of the night decided he couldn't be bothered finishing the route and turfed his sole passenger, an elderly lady, off five miles from the end. When the letter of complaint came in, he then tried to justify it by saying it was a waste of company money to go to the end of the route with just one passenger. He was fired on the spot. (Heard this from the MD of the company)
  2. I haven't heard anything but BW need to be careful. Bugsworth is a scheduled ancient monument and thus has far greater protection in law than any normal canal site. It is likely that even the change from short term to long term moorings requires SAM (Scheduled Ancient Monument) consent, and it is certain that any minor change such as moored boater putting something on the bank next to their boat, such as a workbench or tub of flowers, will contravene the SAM order. An unofficial liveaboard would also attract far, far more attention there as well, and it wouldn't just be the boater, but BW, as guardians of the SAM, that would be in trouble.
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  5. Alnwick, I thought I knew you better than either of these comments suggest As for the first comment, there are many answers, including Carlt's. But in logistics it isn't the quickest but the most cost effective solution that usually gets the contract, and even if a barge is slower than a train, speeding it up makes it more cost effective. Speed is one of many cost factors. No one in the OP (or most subsequent Ps) was suggesting damaging or dangerous short cuts, but today's LEISURE canals are busy. It;s all very well to lean on the tiller, have a chat to the local, smoke a pipe and quietly finish your pint while in the lock, but if forty boats wish to get through said lock that day then you are restricting capacity. Spend all day moored, but if you are moving, move in a way that lets everyone else do so as well. You are looking through modern eyes, and still thinking motorway timings. Fuel was rationed in the war, and we had no motorways. The canal carrying infrastructure was there, the road infrastructure wasn't. The railways (and everything else) were working flat out. labour was also cheaper comparative to fuel than it is now. In any event, 37 hours Birmingham to London? A train might (then) do it in three but once you add marshalling and waiting around in sidings... Traffic in the 60's was that left over, a vestige of a previous age, it survived because of inertia. It made commercial sense because the industries using it were not geared to road or rail and perhaps didn't have the capital to reinvest. It is significant that most traffics died when the industry they served closed.
  6. Best Wishes David, and best of luck, if proximity has any effect on the efficacious effect of positive thoughts, and you are in the hospital I think you are, then for much of the working day I am less than a mile away. Even if I'm wrong it's not that far. So prayers/thoughts/fingers crossed here
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  8. At braunston in dry summers there was a rule that you had to wait thirty minutes to see if another boat turned up, there were signs saying so. In practice you never would have to wait that long unless it was early morning or late evening
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  11. There were several schemes to link London to the south coast without going through the Straits of Dover, some of them ship canal schemes so the English Fleet didn't have to risk the passage. The one built was the Wey and Arun, which wasn't a ship canal but did allow vituals, bullion and aremaments to rech the south coast. Unfortunatley by the time it was finished our last war with France was over
  12. This shows the hazard in signing these things. I would strongly recommend that anyone who is thinking of opposing or supporting a development checks what is actually proposed, not just what the activists say. The file is usually available over the internet these days although large plans can be a beggar to download and, if the original was A1 or even A0 may be unreadable on a small screen. That said, details like a fixed bridge will be in the supporting text.
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  14. Well, on Monday the mighty Magpies play Bamber Bridge in a local derby, if I was in Chorley I'd be at that :lol: There is Astley Hall, as well, in Astley Park. A short train ride away is Blackburn, which has an impressive cathedral, and will at least have different shops and cafes to those you know in Chorley. I'm not sure if there are trains to Clitheroe, but that's a nice little town to visit.
  15. In a word yes, and moorings ain't exactly easy to come by. The question is, would you enjoy it. Do you live aboard? If not, the Gloucester and Sharpness is an easy drive, and much less congested
  16. seconded: I've given my professional opinion on one aspect, that is, if the sole access is via the swing bridge, then there will be far weightier objections than ours. In planning law anyone has the right to object to a planning proposal, you do not need a "casus belli" or a "locus standi" (Latin for justification for war and sufficient connection to, in legalese they amount to making a legitimate complaint). I have the right to object to this. The state has the right not to take my objection that seriously, but if I objected on the grounds of that swing bridge, it would be valid and would probably carry weight. I suspect however that the proposed development has another access
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  19. Can I just add my professional tuppence worth here The swing bridge is claimed to be a problem. Is it the only access? If so, this will not be acceptable to the emergency services 550 homes is a heck of a lot off one access anyway, normally anything over 200 needs two accesses
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  21. Well, there is a bridge in Bath they didn't go through, you can go to both sides, but not through it Edited to add, can't make the link work, if you go onto Google maps and find Lansdown View in Bath, it's there
  22. Hmmm, I've got a truckers atlas with all the low bridges marked. How high are those cameras would you say?
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