Public Public Transport Transport
By By Barry Barry Garber Garber Goodbye Goodbye South South West West Trains Trains and and Hello Hello South Western Western Railway… Railway… South At At 01:42 01:42 on on Sunday Sunday 20th 20th August August the the last last ever ever South West Trains service trundled out South West Trains service trundled out of of WaWaterloo terloo station station and and with with it it the the end end of of 21 21 continucontinuous years of franchise operation by Stagecoach ous years of franchise operation by Stagecoach South South West West Trains Trains through through our our branch branch area. area. Smack Smack bang bang in in the the middle middle of of an an £800M £800M upgrade upgrade to Waterloo station South Western Railway to Waterloo station South Western Railway took took over the the reins. reins. After After the the swift swift application application of of new new over stickers stickers displaying displaying the the 'exciting' 'exciting' new new logo logo on on a a handful handful of of trains trains the the new new era era of of First/MTR First/MTR bebegan. There have been many promises of new gan. There have been many promises of new and and faster faster trains trains with with increased increased frequencies frequencies but but initially initially it's it's the the same same trains trains with with the the same same staff staff and the same inflated fares so we watch with and the same inflated fares so we watch with keen interest interest how how the the new new franchise franchise fares fares (no (no keen pun pun intended!). intended!). Worryingly Worryingly the the new new franchisee franchisee has has refused refused to to commit commit to to protecting protecting the the role role of of the guard. guard. This This has has forced forced the the RMT RMT to to hold hold a a the ballot, ballot, which which could could well well lead lead to to industrial industrial action action during during the the next next few few months. months. Could Could we we be be headhead-
ing ing the the same same way way as as the the current current Southern Southern RailRailway way dispute? dispute?
All All change change on on the the buses buses in in Bracknell Bracknell The The new new Lexicon Lexicon shopping shopping cencentre opened on on 7th 7th September September tre opened and and with with it it a a new new evening evening offeroffering ing that that has has simply simply not not existed existed before. A multitude of new before. A multitude of new resrestaurants taurants and and a a multi multi screen screen cinema cinema complex complex has has encouraged encouraged the the 2 2 principle principle bus bus operators operators in in the the area area (Courtney (Courtney buses buses and and Reading Reading Buses) Buses) to to extend extend their their timetables timetables to to run run services services almost almost up up to to midnight. midnight. Reading Reading buses buses have introduced an entire new route into Brackhave introduced an entire new route into Bracknell from from the the south south side side of of the the borough. borough. These These nell moves moves should should be be warmly warmly welcomed welcomed as as not not only only do do these these later later services services offer offer an an opportunity opportunity to to use the new town facilities but they also offer use the new town facilities but they also offer great great accessibility accessibility to to many many of of our our outlying outlying pubs. pubs. II for for one one will will be be using using these these new new services services regularregularly ly and and II urge urge others others to to do do likewise. likewise.
Barry Barry Garber Garber Branch Branch Public Public Transport Transport Officer Officer
Brewery Tourism Tourism Brewery By Anthony Anthony Springall Springall By
Do Do you you fancy fancy a a day day or or evenevening out to visit an interesting ing out to visit an interesting location? location? Forget Forget the the National National Trust, Castles Trust, Castles or or Stately Stately Homes, how about a brewery Homes, how about a brewery trip? Many trip? Many of of our our local local breweries run tours breweries run tours to to see see how beer is made plus samhow beer is made plus sampling pling the the finished finished product. product. The list attached The list attached is is of of our our local local brewerbreweries and and whether whether tours tours are are available, available, costs costs together together with with any any ies extras available. You will note that the cheapest tours may extras available. You will note that the cheapest tours may not not be be the the best best value value if you consider what else might be available and included in the price… if you consider what else might be available and included in the price…
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Issue Issue 49, 49, Winter Winter 2017 2017
Issue 49 of the Mad Cow - Magazine of the Berkshire South-East ("BSE") branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale)