The Anonymous Widower

Is The New Routemaster A Better Bus For COVID-19?

I went to the Angel today and rode on a New Routemaster.

It almost seemed it was a bus designed for social distancing.

  • I sat in one of the sets of four seats on the lower deck, by myself.
  • The other set, also had a single occupant.
  • The driver is safely behind a barrier and two metres from passengers.
  • Entry and exit is by rear and centre doors only.
  • The buses were designed for entry and exit at all doors.

I’d certainly be happy to travel on one of these buses.

May 4, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , | 4 Comments

An Inappropriate Advert

I didn’t think that this taxi-advert was in good taste.

No Time To Die has been put back to the 12th of November.

May 4, 2020 Posted by | Transport, World | , , , | 3 Comments

Plan Submitted For £18.6 Million Station At Soham

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Rail Magazine.

The new Soham station appears to be simple.

  • A single 102 metre long platform, that will be able to handle a four-car Class 755 train.
  • A car-park. Fifty spaces is mentioned on Wikipedia.
  • Trains on Greater Anglia‘s two-hourly service between Ipswich and Peterborough service will call. This service is planned to go hourly, with some services extended to Colchester.
  • The picture in the article shows a bridge.
  • Opening could be in Spring 2022.

I’ve read somewhere that the station will have provision for adding a second platform.

  • Looking at the maps of the railway through Soham, it is double-track at the Southern end of the village and single-track at the Northern end.
  • The single track section, which reaches as far as Ely, will possibly be doubled before 2030.
  • East West Rail are also proposing a new A14 Parkway station at Chippenham Junction, which is close to both the A14 and the A11. I wrote about this in East West Rail Makes ‘Powerful Case’ For Direct Services From Ipswich And Norwich To Oxford.
  • The Mayor of Cambridge has plans for a direct service between the new Soham station and Cambridge.

It’ll all be happening in this part of East Anglia. Most is driven by the expansion and success of Cambridge.

It’s all a bit different to the dark days of the Second World War, when the town suffered from the Soham Rail Disaster.

Will there be a memorial at the new station?

A14 Parkway Station

This report on the East-West Rail web site is entitled Eastern Section Prospectus and gives full details of their proposals for the section of East West Rail to the East of Cambridge.

The report recommends building a new station at Chippenham Junction, which is to the East of Newmarket, close to the junction of the A11 and the A14 . The station is referred to in the report as A14 Parkway station.

This Google Map shows the location of the proposed station.

Note.

  1. The A14 going across the top of the map.
  2. The junction between the A14 and the A11 in the top-right corner.
  3. The triangular Chippenham Junction, pointing North to Ely, South to Newmarket and East to Bury St. Edmunds and Ipswich.

Having lived in that area for nearly thirty years, I believe that this is a much-needed station.

  • Stations in the area, with the exception of Cambridge North are short of car parking.
  • There would be two trains per hour (tph) to/from Bury St. Edmunds and Ipswich.
  • There would be one tph to Cambridge, Cambridge North, Cambridge South , Ely, Peterborough and the new Soham station.

I suspect that there could be shuttle trains to provide extra services to Cambridge and Ely.

A shuttle train could run between A14 Parkway, Cambridge South, Ely, Soham and back to A14 Parkway.

  • The service might be arranged so that trains reverse at Cambridge South, Ely and A14 Parkway stations.
  • As an alternative trains could reverse at Bury St. Edmunds instead of A14 Parkway.
  • Trains would call at all intermediate stations.

I believe that if the A14 Parkway station were to be built, that there would be no need to rebuild the Western track of Chippenham Junction to enable services between Cambridge and Soham via Newmarket.

May 4, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 1 Comment

Northern Cities And COVID-19

If you look at the official Government statistics for the total number of cases of COVID-19, as of May 3rd, the number of cases in the two major cities in the North West as follows.

  • Leeds – 1463 out of a city population of 789,194 (0.18%) and a metro population of 2,638,127 (0.05%)
  • Liverpool – 1454 out of a city population of 494,814 (0.29%) and a metro population of 2,241,000 (0.06%)
  • Manchester – 1154 out of a city population of 547,627 (0.21%) and a metro population of 3,748,274 (0.03%)
  • Newcastle – 939 out of a city population of 300,196 (0.31%) and a metro population of 1,650,000 (0.06%)
  • Nottingham – 537 out of a city population of 321,500 (0.17%) and a metro population of 1,610,000 (0.03%)
  • Sheffield – 2191 out of a city population of 582,506 (0.38%) and a metro population of 1,569,000 (0.14%)

Note.

  1. All populations come from Wikipedia.
  2. Why is Liverpool 40% worse than Manchester?
  3. Why is Sheffield the worst?

I will add a few smaller towns andcities.

  • Blackpool – 465 out of an urban population of 139,720 (0.33%)
  • Caldervale – 252 out of an urban population of 200,100 (0.13%)
  • Hull – 469 out of a city population of 260,645 (0.18%)
  • Middlesbrough – 566 out of an urban population of 174,700 (0.32%)
  • Stoke-on-Trent – 509 out of a city population of 255,833 (0.20%)
  • York – 315 out of a city population of 209,893 (0.15%)

I’d like to see full statistics plotted on a map or a scatter diagram.

The latter is a very powerful way to plot data and often they highlight data points that lie outside the underlying pattern of the data.

May 4, 2020 Posted by | Health, World | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Hydrogen House Is ‘Greenest In Europe’

The title of this post is the same as that of this article in The Times.

This is the introductory paragraph.

A hydrogen-powered house that is off-grid and said to be the first of its kind in Europe is being built by a family in Devon.

These are some features.

  • Solar panels
  • Hydrogen from electrolysis.
  • Hydrogen storage
  • Hydrogen boiler
  • Water from a borehole
  • Own sewage plant
  • Air source heat pump.

The article says that “Any spare hydrogen can power the hydrogen cars they plan to buy”

This sounds like my ideal house!

May 4, 2020 Posted by | Transport, World | , , , | 3 Comments

Acting Quickly Can Reduce Coronavirus Death Toll In Care Homes

The title of this post is the same as that of this article in The Times.

This is the first two paragraphs.

Care homes account for almost half of all coronavirus deaths in several European countries but the number of future deaths can be reduced if measures are taken, research has found.

Between 42 per cent and 57 per cent of deaths from the virus in Italy, Spain, France, Ireland and Belgium happened in care homes, figures show.

But the article also says that Hong Kong acted quickly, after the experience of the 2003 Sars epidemic, and have had no deaths in care homes.

It appears we can learn from the experiences of other countries.

It is also my view, that the typical care home model in lots of countries is not fit for purpose!

We need a new design, that can be locked down quickly in a civilised manner.

 

May 4, 2020 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Should Campaigning Against Vaccination Be Made A Crime Against Humanity?

Boris is reported today on the BBC and in The Times, as saying that a coronavirus vaccine is the only way we will win.

Boris is totally right!

We will not be safe until everybody is vaccinated. Vaccination has virtually conquered diseases like smallpox, polio and measles.

Perhaps campaigning against vaccination, should be a crime against humanity!

I live in Hackney, where there is a lot of measles, caused by people being against the MMR vaccine. Will these idiots accept a vaccine for Covid-19?

 

May 4, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , | 2 Comments