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  1. Heartbreaking to read. I raised a online DOI Health and Safety Reporting Form when I nearly hit a a jogger who ran straight out onto this "crossing" through the open gate one evening. I still shudder when thinking about it. Never heard anything back.
  2. Yeah, but in the meantime, it looks shit. The whole promenade walkway opposite the villa looks shit. The sunken garden walls look shit. The children’s play area looks shit. The unfinished tram lines look shit. A total embarrassing mess.
  3. Add to that the grass corridor in between pavement and sunken gardens. Looking like a badly ploughed field left to go to weed. Could it not at least be properly laid to turf or wild flowers until they decide what to do with it?
  4. I'm really not sure how responsibility lies with airport management. Operators contract a handling agent to carry this out. It is up to the operator to ensure the handler is capable of doing so and also good practice to ensure, on hearing of forecast bad weather, that they are aware of the situation and have planned accordingly. Menzies have their faults but their de-icing equipment is the best that the airport has ever seen, and up the the start of the pandemic, they were always very reliable when it came to aircraft de-icing. My sympathy lies with their staff and the difficult last two years they have had. The airport is still no where near back to pre-pandemic levels with regards to aircraft movements and passenger numbers, and they might still have low staff numbers as a result of this. Trained staff might of left to find work elsewhere and new starters will still be training up. This all takes time and not all staff are capable or suitable to carry out aircraft de-icing. I'm well aware of how shambolic airport management are and totally agree with you on this point but they cannot be blamed for every delay.
  5. Difficult one this. Ground handling, including aircraft de-icing, is carried out by private company and nothing to do with airport management. The pandemic had a huge affect on their staff with redundancies and reduced wages. The last two years has probably been a very unpleasant time for them with constant worry about their future. They are probably still low on pre-pandemic numbers and moral low. This kind of situation is totally understandable.
  6. I’m with you IOM, I really am. But things have changed dramatically since the demise of Manx airlines and even more so over the last 2 years. And I think you’ll find that the vast majority of the Manx public want Easyjet to operate as many flights and routes as possible.
  7. But what’s the answer? Anything you put in place to favour frequency over capacity or subsidies for certain routes will upset Easyjet. Do you really expect that to happen?
  8. Spot on. None of it matches its setting. The removal of the festoon lighting replaced with stainless steel LED lighting, glass and steel balustrades, the pink corridor which not only looks tacky and shit but will cause many more ongoing technical problems, Its all wrong. And the sad thing is, it was meant to create an impressive gateway to the Isle of Man, but the jewel in the crown of the whole promenade, and indeed Douglas, the promenade walkway, has now in many places been left a complete mess.
  9. With Easyjet offering cheap flights to Gatwick, albeit sporadically, it will always be difficult for another operator to make a London connection profitable without subsidy. Will be interesting to see if London passenger figures ever get back to pre pandemic levels
  10. And yet on Douglas prom, outside the Sefton cultural quarter, they have placed a sort of Victorian'ish looking bus shelter amongst all the modern Chinese granite and stainless steel LED lighting. It's almost like they haven't got a scooby doo.
  11. Err....try adding salt into the equation.
  12. Jez, I believe, had plans to build new fire station where the hangars are (old Manx airlines hangar). That rumour has been circulating for quite some time. Just one of his many loopy, money no object, ideas if rumours are to be believed.
  13. Think it’s a combination of both. There has been occasions airfield has to shut due to ATC being out of permitted working hours.
  14. There’s no doubt current operating hours do cause problems on occasion, especially when weather is bad.
  15. Presume Snowman means controlled remotely from NATS centre in Swanwick as LCY airport are doing. Unsure what benefits that would offer?
  16. To be fair to EasyJet, they are the longest serving operator at Ronaldsway since Manx/BA connect.
  17. Yes, the good old days indeed. Back then, the airport management ( in particular, Operations manager) actually discussed future plans and sought out ideas from the staff on the front line. How things have changed.
  18. There is no doubt that people treat and see the mountain road differently to any other road on the island. Normal driver behavior goes out the window. As a regular user, i see more occurrences of tailgating than on any other road. And very, very frequently see drivers crossing over into the opposite lane to cut corners despite traffic coming the other way. Behavior that is far less evident everywhere else. With regulation, attitudes would change, as was proven with the 40 mph speed limit during lockdown. That was a bit extreme and very frustrating at times, but also quite pleasant not having the daily near miss occurrences that are common place up there. The mountain road is probably the safest section of the TT course for the racing, but the most dangerous for road users. Funny that.
  19. That's my point. It obviously wasn't a major consideration when designing the junction. It may not be spaghetti junction, but it is a junction on one of the main commuter routes in and out of Douglas. And a very busy one a peak times of day.
  20. That's obvious. But do you think a roundel will be more efficient at moving large volumes of traffic than a roundabout? And will it be safer? That will take time to judge i guess.
  21. That's all well and good, but i would have thought, that when designing a major junction, two of the main requirements are - 1- Make it safe 2-Ensure traffic flow is maximised and efficient. So with that in mind, do you install an unproven roundel, where no one has a clue what anyone else is doing. Or install a roundabout, a proven method, where everyone knows what everyone else is doing ?
  22. I hope your right. Just can't see it happening.
  23. Eastern and Loganair struggled to fill a Saab on the route. Cant see it being viable with a larger E170. Unless subsidised of course.
  24. i don't think that's the case. The vast majority of people who test positive will do the right thing. If people didn't want to isolate, they wouldn't bother going and getting tested.
  25. Why aren't we using lateral flow tests? I know their accuracy isn't a high as a PCR test, but as we are supposed to be moving forward, it seems to be the sensible thing to do. If you have symptoms you test, and if positive, you isolate. Its about slowing rate of transmission rather than eliminating transmission, so there has to be a middle ground that will catch most cases, but not all.
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