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  1. Commuting time trains are still fairly quiet, most still less than 50% of pre-Covid loadings. That will vary if one or more of the operators has a problem. Generally speaking go for the normally 6 coach TPE trains for speed, space and punctuality. Avoid East Midlands on their Liverpool-Norwich route. They have a shortage of carriages so when it should be a 4 car train it's often only 2. They're more often late and tend to cost more. Take an extra 20-25 minutes and the Northern stopping service is cheaper and they're operating longer and better carriages than the old Pacers of recent memory. Some days they may be 3 car new Class 195s.
  2. Don't know if anyone else has noticed but QPark seem to have withdrawn the 30 minutes free parking at Sheffield station. Consequently on Saturday morning the small short term car park was full and the drop off zone was totally blocked with parked cars.
  3. Engineered as a toll road (turnpike) by Thomas Telford construction was financed by the Dukes of Norfolk and Devonshire and opened in 1821. It was never a commercial success and was lightly used. The Snake Inn sign came from the Arms of the 6th Duke of Devonshire which depicted a serpent.
  4. The likely announcement will be spun as good news - electrifying the MML to Sheffield by 2030 (meaning 2035, then 2040) and pausing HS2 east until reassessment when Covid outcomes are clearer. Can kicked down the road until next Parliament (filed with projects like postponed Heathrow 3rd runway).
  5. Over 3 years since anyone last posted here until today. Examination of the Planning details show Network Rail engaging with Sheffield Planning as long ago as 2005. They'd been doing their internal planning for years before that. The entire business case would be different if started today, post Covid. Manchester bound commuter trains are no longer rammed thanks to TPE providing 6 coaches and so many now working from home. Traffic to ManchseterAirport has all but ceased and that link has been withdrawn, probably permanently. East Midlands are still struggling with old 158 andc 156 units, supposedly 4 car but often short formed with 2 - or cancelled thanks to a variety of stock and crew shortages, plus RMT industrial action. Northern's Pacers have gone and many trains are now new 195s, often 3 car, and 150s, sometimes 4 car - especially Saturdays and Sundays. Leisure users are returning far better than commuters. The original business case spoke of freight from the Hope Valley cement works and paid scant attention to aggregates from the Buxton area quarries. Aggregate traffic has grown enormously since this scheme was planned and is now the bigger user of freight paths . The scheme was originally formulated to provide 4 fast passenger paths per hour between Sheffield and Manchester, reduced to 3 before the public inquiry in 2016. Realistically it has to be questioned if that is still necessary. Two reliable fast services an hour with at least 4 carriages would currently suffice. Make them all 6 cars and it should cope for several years. Make the stoppers 4 car - and possibly extend the New Mills service limited stop from there to provide reserve capacity when the fasts fail for whatever reason! (Sending the Cleethorpes - Airport train to Liverpool instead, as is being planned, is unlikely to improve punctuaility.) That would leave more room for the aggregate trains with plenty of passenger capacity on a variety of services. Currently Northern fares undercut the other two by big margins at many times and on most days. On 195 and refurbished 150 trains the extra 20 minutes end to end is no hardship for very many.
  6. Much as I'd love HS2 to come to Sheffield, the logic of taking it to Manchester, then through Bradford and Leeds for York and the North East makes a lot of sense, not least because they already want a fast line across/through the Pennines on that route anyway. Sheffield lost out in the first wave of railway building and ended with a spur from Rotherham to the Wicker in 1840, having to wait until 1870 for the current tracks from Chesterfield to Midland. We're in dangerof losing out again. However, we may be better off pushing a lot harder for MML electrification as it should be possible to get that completed a lot more quickly. Done in conjuction with electification for Cross-Country routes from York through Sheffield and Derby to Birmingham gives other options, possibly electrified to Bristol. Unfortunately getting out of Sheffield to the north and east is a major challenge due to already congested tracks. Given the position of roads, rivers, the canal, buildings, viaducts and cuttings it won't be easy or cheap to resolve that. Only someone from the North West would suggest the best way from Sheffield to York is via both Doncaster and Leeds, rather than developing the middle and quicker way that exists via Moorthorpe, avoiding them both and still used as a diversion. However we still need good electrified connections to both Doncaster and Leeds.
  7. Sadly, even fewer will understand what this is all about than did about Brexit. Voting against a "strong leader" is rather simplistic. Equally a "more democratic model" is vague. This referendum seems to be more a vote of confidence in Julie Dore (who's taken it that way) and her crew as a city wide clamour to change a system few understand.
  8. See article in Yorkshire Post; https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/politics/sheffield-city-council-leader-julie-dore-to-step-down-after-nine-years-1-10196610
  9. CMS are also leaving the Victoria Quays area, CMS has over 70 offices located across over 40 countries. The company is set to reaffirm its future in Sheffield, relocating from its current base at Victoria Quays and preserving the firm’s presence as a major employer in the city. CMS is to take 47,500 sq ft of premium Grade A office space within the same landmark building that is also the new home to HSBC. The move further strengthens the emergence of Heart of the City II as a new financial and professional services district for the Sheffield City Region. CMS will occupy the 26,000 sq ft that makes up 1 Charter Square, plus an additional 21,500 sq ft of adjoining space. The new office will be entirely self-contained and separate to HSBC, with a bespoke entrance, reception and signage facing onto Wellington Street and connecting to the impressive public realm of Charter Square.
  10. In partial defence of the Fox House, it's not easy getting staff to cover awkward hours as transport is difficult unless they have access to a car. Many are students without relyingb on infrequent buses and lifts. Demand is hard to predict. Saturday was shrouded in freezing fog and quiet, but Sunday was glorious sunshine and very busy around there .
  11. I know this corner well and have quite a few pictures of damage to that wall. 4 recent incidents. I was first to reach one of the accidents, a dark December night when I'd heard a double crash. 3 year old BMW had gone through the wall and then hit a tree. No injury to the driver, other than his pride and pocket. He wasn't going too fast. Really? It wasn't icy that night. Inattention. Rushing to get home somewhere across the Pennines after a business meeting in Sheffield. He was in shock and most concerned that he had to be at an important meeting in London the following day. Examined the following day it was clear that a contributory factor was very worn front tyres. A Ford Ka went straight through but jumped the kerb and landed on top of the wall before continuing 25 yards down the hill scattering stones beneath it as it went, headlights left intact. A young student took the corner and almost got round, but not quite, hitting the kerb hard, spinning back into the middle of the road with suspension shattered and one wheel collapsed rendering it immobile. He'd only just got his first car and recently arrived at the university. About 2 years ago a truck hit and demolished the highest part of the wall in the early hours and was heard by guests in the Fox House. Their cctv didn't get the details. Bits of debris were left behind but the vehicle must have been drivable as it didn't stay around! Usually the driver's insurance should cover rebuilding the wall, but only if the driver is identified. A curiosity. The drivers make their mistake in Sheffield. The wall belongs to the National Trust's Longshaw Estate so they crash into Derbyshire.
  12. Not sure we can be certain about specific trains on Liverpool - Norwich from December 2020 based on the limited info. on page 27 and the Q&As. There are very few who board at Dore towards Chesterfield and beyond, currently only timed at 8.28, 17.31, 19.33 and 23.28. In the reverse direction only trains arriving at Dore at 6.28 and 7.29 have come from Nottingham via Chesterfield. The East Midlands December 2019 timetable doesn't list their Hope Valley stops (and nor did previous issues, lack of space, apparently) but the TPE and Northern ones do and they're virtually unchanged. My understanding is that things will remain virtually the same on that route until it's finally split at Nottingham - it could yet happen in 2020, but more likely to be 2021, 2022, 2023.....sometime, never!?
  13. How bad does it have to get for a red warning? Yesterday surely called fora higher level of caution than amber implies.
  14. The cafe by the canal basin serves good all day breakfasts but otherwise it was all but deserted when we walked through yesterday. Since I last walked from there to Meadowhall a lot of the path has been greatly improved, and work is in progress. Still too much litter and graffiti though.
  15. That's incorrect. The Hope Valley line currently has a weekdays stopping service every hour between Manchester and Sheffield from Northern in both directions BUT several don't stop at all stations. (There's a 2 hour 33 minute gap to Dore & Totley in the evening!) That remains almost the same from December with quite a few stops still skipped to catch the unwary. There is not a 15.21 departure from Sheffield. That's delayed until 15.45 and only stops at Hope, not stopping at Dore, Grindleford, Hathersage, Bamford or Edale, see; https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/Y63056/2019-11-04/detailed From 16th December that will stop at Dore and Hathersage, but still leaving a gap of 90 minutes, see; https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/Y59174/2019-12-16/detailed As far as I can see everything else is identical other than an odd minute here and there on timings. The TransPennine Express service currently starting at Sheffield at 5.11 will start 2 minutes earlier at 5.09 from December 16th and additionally call at Dore at 5.15. After careful examination I see no other changes of note, although I observe that times on the Hope valley are targets that are rarely achieved, all the Hope Valley stations being in the worst 50 in the country for punctuality - Dore scrapes into the worst 100!
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