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Mike Wooldridge
Blogger, travel consultant, Onyx Product Lead & volunteer moderator . Personal account, all views my own.
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Mike Wooldridge Aug 18
Replying to @JordanH_ @danbayliss
Words just fail me there.... incompetence at so many levels! I've never had a good experience with VM's Social team, I wonder if they're outsourced as they have no access to customer data so can't be of any genuine help with issues.
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Mike Wooldridge Aug 18
Yes! That part I do agree is the TOC / 's responsibility. I'd really like to see RDG get funding for a proper national accessibility system, so you can 'book' assistance even whilst on the train and it'll auto-alert the relevent guard/platform staff as necessary.
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Mike Wooldridge Aug 18
Your focus needs to be pushing on this - it's them that approve the specifications for new trains and station modernisation (the new trains with inbuilt ramps rolling out currently on are a huge step in the right direction, incidentally).
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Mike Wooldridge Aug 14
Yes, there's currently a pending judicial review of whether the disqualification was legal. It's widely speculated that Stagecoach will lose this, but if they did win today's announcement would likely be void.
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Mike Wooldridge Aug 13
Replying to @ItsMeTomC
Depends on the paper in my opinion. If it's the Daily Mail stealing your content I'd make no attempt to hide the pretentiousness. If it's one you want to keep onside for future, just a friendly 'Hi, just wondering if you could please credit quotes like this one in future please'
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Mike Wooldridge Aug 13
Replying to @tnash
Great post Tim! Wish I'd read that before WordCamp Europe (first time just as an attendee rather than a sponsor, and I was rather underprepared!)
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Mike Wooldridge Aug 13
Agreed - I think Norwegian’s strategy is to concentrate on a smaller number of core routes moving forward.
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Mike Wooldridge Aug 13
This was inevitable as the 737 MAX grounding dragged on , unfortunately - wet-leasing aircraft long term isn't viable for most successful airlines, not least one experiencing significant financial challenges.
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Mike Wooldridge Aug 13
Replying to @LNER @RAIL
I can see that for trains approaching the area but for a class 91 electric locomotive powered train in the dead OHLE section (the one is on), how will it get to the opposite line? (genuine question, not being snarky! Just wondering if there's a rescue loco in the area)
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Mike Wooldridge Aug 12
Replying to @mattymidland
Not 100% on the new colour scheme but will grow on me I’m sure! New website already live too (still featuring test content in places!)
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Mike Wooldridge Aug 12
Yup - as I understand it issue was with the late start of the southbound service - drivers swap at preston so if one's late it leads to the other having to wait for the replacement driver!
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Mike Wooldridge Aug 12
They could, just about (though unless they acquired some more E175s they'd have very minimal contingency) - but still probably doesn't make sense to split the branding, as they'd likely want business routes such as the flights into LCY to be operated by their 'premium' brand.
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Mike Wooldridge Aug 12
Replying to @Clinnick1 @networkrail
I'd like to think not - NR along with affected TOCs have heavily publicised these works so they should come as a surprise to pretty much nobody. Then again, if the press need a good story on a quiet BH weekend...
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Mike Wooldridge Aug 12
Nice surprise to wake up to - the blog article/trip report I published yesterday about my flight from to has the most first-day views of any article I’ve written! ICYMI you can view it here:
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Mike Wooldridge Aug 11
Same here! I explain in a bit more detail about some key things I'd like to happen towards the bottom of this article: but the truth is, we don't actually know the broader detail of what the likely Virgin rebrand will entail.
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Mike Wooldridge Aug 11
It's an interesting concept for sure but not sure it'd work here - Flybe's model (and any future Virgin-branded airline) relies on the flexibility of sharing aircraft across bases, which they couldnt then do unless it was joint branded.
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Mike Wooldridge Aug 11
Exactly (amongst others - Delta Connection and American Eagle also do this on their shorter domestic hops)
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Mike Wooldridge Aug 11
My flight last week EDI-LCY was doing a good trade in drinks (inc alcohol) and snacks, but agree the meals could quite easily be dropped - they could perhaps just have alcohol as an upcharge like some domestic US carriers.
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Mike Wooldridge Aug 11
So do I! Would love to see a Virgin regional brand back in the UK too... You've possibly already seen it, but I expand on what I think Connect need to do here:
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Mike Wooldridge Aug 11
I'm not sure Connect Airways would have gone into the deal (bearing in mind Virgin, their central partner, is so customer-centric) if they weren't prepared to do some short term investment to make sure that future existed.
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