RPS Bristol


RobL

Link Posted 20/12/2018 - 11:17
In a moment of vanity I thought about applying for a distinction from the RPS, but checking their website all assessment days will be held at their new HQ in The Paintworks, Bristol. One small car park for the whole development with 3 hour max. parking, nothing for the HQ building at all, so parking elsewhere and using a bus or taxi. Brilliant. Train routes do not connect with where I live other than a tortuous skip around the country with three changes so not viable. People coming from all over the country but nowhere to park, what precious idiot thought this was a good location? So the only option is to cart your portfolio of mounted photos on public transport. Maybe not really a topic for this forum but I just had to let off steam.

derek897

Link Posted 20/12/2018 - 11:33
It's good to vent at times,
Its great to see the thought and effort that goes into the placing of these centres. 🙄🙄🙄
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pschlute

Link Posted 20/12/2018 - 11:55
You have started me off now. I was in London last week for lunch, and thought I would get a cab from Waterloo to Farringdon. Only a couple of miles and should take 10 minutes in a cab at midday.

Not any more. The cycle highways have taken over in London. It was a crawl for the whole of the 30 minutes it took. The frustrating trip did allow me to get a good view of the cycle lane on Blackfriars bridge, which has cut the width of the road in half. I saw one cycle use it while buses, taxis, delivery vans and cars were in a never ending jam.

it used to be that cycles and taxis could use bus lanes, but now these wide swathes of cycle lanes are empty outside of rush hour. i am all for restricting personal car use in central London, but penalising buses and taxis is madness.
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Last Edited by pschlute on 20/12/2018 - 11:57

1stEverPentax

Link Posted 20/12/2018 - 12:13
Re. the original post...I believe Bristol is not known for being car friendly...great for people who don't drive but not so good for car owners.

walkeja

Link Posted 20/12/2018 - 13:30
RobL wrote:
People coming from all over the country but nowhere to park, what precious idiot thought this was a good location? .

Probably somebody who has a degree in something not related to photography.
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derek897

Link Posted 20/12/2018 - 13:43
walkeja wrote:
RobL wrote:
People coming from all over the country but nowhere to park, what precious idiot thought this was a good location? .

Probably somebody who has a degree in something not related to photography.

Nor planning by the looks of it.
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davidtrout

Link Posted 20/12/2018 - 14:39
Parking at the earlier RPS HQ in Bath was no better. I went for a distinction there in 2011 and managed to leave my car at the B and B which was near the 'Royal,' but God help anyone carrying heavy print cases travelling into the city by car or public transport. I once used park and ride from Cribs Landing in Bristol, or is it Cribbs Quay, but it took ages as the bus went right round the suburbs.
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Last Edited by davidtrout on 20/12/2018 - 14:46

davidtrout

Link Posted 20/12/2018 - 14:41
RobL wrote:
In a moment of vanity I thought about applying for a distinction from the RPS, but checking their website all assessment days will be held at their new HQ in The Paintworks, Bristol. One small car park for the whole development with 3 hour max. parking, nothing for the HQ building at all, so parking elsewhere and using a bus or taxi. Brilliant. Train routes do not connect with where I live other than a tortuous skip around the country with three changes so not viable. People coming from all over the country but nowhere to park, what precious idiot thought this was a good location? So the only option is to cart your portfolio of mounted photos on public transport. Maybe not really a topic for this forum but I just had to let off steam.

Actually I thought the RPS held distinction assessment and advisory days at various regional locations, not always at their HQ. There have been some on Tyneside and I know there have also been some at Bridge of Allen near Stirling, not much use if you live in Eastern England or Inverness though.
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Last Edited by davidtrout on 20/12/2018 - 14:45

thingsthatihaveseen

Link Posted 20/12/2018 - 14:52
Hi Rob... sorry to hear that... am a Bristol resident myself... you should be able to park across the road and up the hill from the Paintworks in Totterdown (pretty sure it doesnít have a residents parking scheme)... 5 to 10 or so mins walk away if thatís any use...

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RobL

Link Posted 20/12/2018 - 16:22
Thanks David, Central was nearest to me but it now looks as if all assessments are at HQ now, Central has none at all in next yearís calendar.

Thanks Bill, I was scrutinising Google maps and looking at that area, my only concern is that as more Paintworks buildings become operational then the streets will soon fill up!

RobL

Link Posted 20/12/2018 - 16:30
pschlute wrote:
You have started me off now. I was in London last week for lunch, and thought I would get a cab from Waterloo to Farringdon. Only a couple of miles and should take 10 minutes in a cab at midday.

Not any more. The cycle highways have taken over in London. It was a crawl for the whole of the 30 minutes it took. The frustrating trip did allow me to get a good view of the cycle lane on Blackfriars bridge, which has cut the width of the road in half. I saw one cycle use it while buses, taxis, delivery vans and cars were in a never ending jam.

it used to be that cycles and taxis could use bus lanes, but now these wide swathes of cycle lanes are empty outside of rush hour. i am all for restricting personal car use in central London, but penalising buses and taxis is madness.

I agree, nothing worse than getting a taxi from Marylebone, getting as far as High Street and coming to a standstill with the meter clicking away. I took to walking my two mile journey more when the weather was kind.
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