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Can the delay-repay threshold be lowered?

Hi Andy, getting no response from Dft (no surprises there really) so figured you might have more luck as shadow sec. So the average rail commute in the UK (National Passenger Survey 2012 is the latest I could find) is 41 minutes. Delay-Repay kicks in at >30 minutes In other words, a 70% overrun is financially equivalent to "on time" Meanwhile commuters pay the highest fares in Europe It's like paying for a pint in a Mayfair Pub and being poured a half If politicians are serious about stopping the rip off culture on trains, there is no reason not to bring the delay repay threshold down to a more reasonable level - apparently Network Rail pays train operators at 15 minutes - and the only language the operators (and management) understand is financial enforcement Thanks & Good Luck

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Entrance Exam WBJEE 2018 For NEW Registration

As per the recent information, West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination has published the notifications regarding the WBJEE 2018. Aspirants who all looking forward to getting admission for the 1st year engineering in UG in various departments can apply online for WBJEE 2018. The important thing is if once the applicants that who are all eligible to apply and get the eligible score. They will be requested to study under various reputed government and private institutions across the state of West Bengal. WBJEE Application Form 2018 will be starting from January to February 2018. For information, this is the right time to submit your eligible documents and get ready for admission to pursue your engineering. Here is the good opportunity for the seekers that who wants to be a part of West Bengal JEE Exam. The board has issued the notifications related to the application form. To apply for this exam, the candidates must have eligibility criteria of 12th class with 60% pass marks. It mainly depends on the subject marks, the candidates asked to join the respective course. Thus the capable candidates can register for WBJEE 2018 via offline as well as online mode. But everyone must be aware of about the final submission date. So applying before the last date, it will make the candidates handle smoothly. For further details, you can visit the WBJEE Official website at any time. Steps to apply online for WBJEE 2018 These are the essential things for the applicants to follow before entering into the registration process. Make sure about the required documents that you should carry while applying. Hope the step by step information will be helpful for you during the registration. 1. At first, the candidates must enter the allotted official website to find the application form. 2. Before getting into the filling process, you must check out all the details that they are seeking for. 3. Now enter all the valid details to avoid the rejection. 4. By applying for the eligible common test, candidates need to scan all the original mark sheet copies, signature and passport size photo for more process. 5. The main thing is ID proof that is always mandatory to submit along with application form. 6. Once the above process is done, you can submit after the recheck for your satisfaction. The above steps will be useful for the applicants during the WBJEE 2018 Registration process at any time. The applicants must be sure that you should submit before the given last date. WBJEE 2081 Application Fee The qualified candidates can pay via different modes in online. Based on the category, the fee will be differing. • For Engineering, Technology & Architecture: Rs.500/- • For Engineering, Medical, Dental, Pharmacy & Architecture: Rs.600/-

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How to vastly increase and improve cycle access at minimum public cost

The model in use today seems to be to try and ‘bend’ the existing busy road network to accommodate the cyclist. Unfortunately, this is not always possible because of the size of the roads and somewhat half-hearted commitment from some local councils. I would like to suggest a new model based not on the road system but rather on the existing Rail network. My suggestion is to encourage or legislate the Rail networks to provide cycle paths alongside existing train lines. To be clear I don’t mean old disused rail lines I mean those actually in use at the moment. Clearly there would need to be work to make sure that cyclist or walkers were protected from the train lines themselves but there is surplus land alongside rail lines and there are so many advantages compared to trying to align cycle friendly routes with existing rail networks. For example • Many ‘cycle friendly’ road routes in reality are old poorly maintained rural roads in the country or on busy roads shared with cars in towns and cities. • Commuters in towns and cities are often paying many thousands of pounds per year for rail season tickets, often to travel no more than 5-10 miles to work or school. Many more would surely consider alternatives if there was a safe route • Having safe and easy to station to station routes would mean that many more people would use cycling rather than trains for work or school journeys. • Train lines are not very steep and there are very few crossing points compared to road based cycle paths. It is much safer. • By their very nature, train lines provide dedicated routes into the heart of all major UK towns and cities. They are transport hubs that can deliver the cyclist to connecting conventional cycle routes on road, alongside canals and other rail/cycle routes. • They are much easier to build because there is only one property owner for the length of the track • In the event of rail distruptions (wrong type of leaves on the track) commuters would have another option to get into work • Cyclists would have the opportunity to enter the cycle network in Cornwall and to be able to cycle on safe, secure, well maintained set of cycle ways to Northern Scotland without once having to use a busy road. Funding In terms of funding, I would see the building and maintenance of the rail/cycleways as being part of the train operating companies’ responsibility when they tender to take over a rail line however it is not necessarily a loss leader for these companies as the business model can pay for itself •Having a lot less people on the train at peak times is not necessarily detrimental to the train operators. One of the most unprofitable parts of train franchises is having to lay on additional services and rail coaches to cover the morning and evening rush hours. By reducing the volume at peak times this would allow the train operators to reduce the rolling stock that they are forced to maintain to cover these peak periods. •The train operators could charge a fee to use the rail/cycle network and use this to maintain the cycleway. Possibly by adapting their existing ticking options (web, phone, purchase at station) •There would be commercial opportunities alongside such a route for business such as cycle cafes, shops, secure cycle storage. •If the Government considers part funding or pilot schemes then the benefits to commuters health would result in large savings for the NHS as well as reducing sickness and absenteeism for business.

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Could I make a point about ssi

To here our local MPs complain that the government did nothing to help the steel works what did they do to save invista union carbide (about half of of the old ici wilton site and the steel works the first time it shut when labour was in power the answer nothing Vera Baird was campaigning for the first born royal not first born male to take the throne. What difference to anyone's life would that make on Teesside? You couldn't make it up it shows the total contempt they have for the voters

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Here are the major reasons why you should hire professional movers and packers

It is a much known fact that shifting along with entire goods in house or office is not at all an easy task. It demands more of your time and proper planning. But as human beings we always prefer an expert advice. This expertise service is provided by packers and movers.


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They have well trained and well experienced workers. Moreover, when safety is our prime concern, these companies provide proper insurance cover for your goods. Well, there is nothing better than some professionals who serve you with the best and save you from any kind of stress. No one can beat them in perfection and the ease with which they complete this dreary task. 

            However, most of us would think that DIY shifting would help them save money. They even believe that leaving whole of their belongings in the hands of unknown people will not be safe. Not just this! People even fear that the relocation company will not deliver the order on time or, they may not be able to get to the exact location. Wake up people! Shun these misconceptions because we are living in the era of technology. And, this technology has solution to every problem. Location can easily be tracked with the assistance of GPS. As far as the question of money concerns, there are innumerable packers and movers companies and you can easily get the one in your budget. 

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So, here are the major reasons why you should hire the movers and packers.

➢ Saves your time : Hiring a packers and movers company will make you save your time. You do not need to worry about any kind of planning. In no time, they will pack your stuff and deliver it on the given address.
➢ They are more organised : A good organisation is the key to a successful move. If the packing and shifting is well organised, it will automatically lead to better results. That’s what the relocation service providers provide.
➢ Damage? Not at all! : One of the best things about packers and movers companies is that they pack the belongings in such a way that there is no chance of any damage. Actually, perfection is what they promise to achieve.
➢ They are experienced : Good service comes from experience. With experienced professional by your side, the tedious job of shifting becomes more simplified in the best way.
➢ They are equipped with proper tools :Relocation, as we know, is a complex jobTo leave you with a seamless service, these companies have proper tools required as per the items.
➢ They provide insurance :  What else is do you need when the company you hire readily pays you back for any kind of loss occurred during shifting! 


In a nutshell, the advantages of hiring the professionals for relocation will always weigh more than those of “ do it yourself “ shifting . 

                                             Happy shifting

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Do NOT admit older patients to superbug-ridden hospitals that kill them.

My brother died recently in hospital. Within 3 weeks of entering the hospital for treatment on his pancreas he had contacted the pneumonia superbug. He was transferred to a hospital with isolation wards and became severely sleep deprived through "observation" tests ie BP Temperature etc. These tests were performed every twenty minutes, 24 hours a day and he never slept properly until he died fourteen weeks later. This sleep deprivation torture affected his physical and mental health and allowed the pneumonia superbug to get on top several times. His lungs were drained several times until the surgeons decided he was better off getting rid of the fluid naturally by evaporation. So my brother was left half-drowning in his own bodily fluids and was given pure oxygen. Later on he sustained an internal bleed. He died the next day during the investigative operation held the day after the biggest boozing festival in the UK. On boxing day. There is a lot more to this story including cover-ups by the Coroners department citing his death as being by natural causes. I suppose hospital superbugs are natural causes. He won't be on the "hospital deaths of older people admitted without a life-threatening disease" statistics board, where he should be.

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Create a new park

You know what would make this lovely place even more lovely? A new park! Please consider it.

Official response from considering

This is something my administration is actively considering.

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