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In these scratchy maps Welsh goes first. In red. Good. Except at Manchester (timetables 1 & 4) where English goes first all in black (this is inconsistent with TfWs other new maps).

The English for Gobowen am Groesoswallt is 'for Oswestry'? Confusing Welsh/English presentation.

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This map is a single line (route map) version of ATWs 2015 map below with multiple lines showing services. When removing these multiple lines some errors have been left:
• Cardiff not on South Wales mainline;
• Shrewsbury in wrong place;
• Wrexham General in wrong place;
• Unnecessary bends around Pye Corner;
• Invitation to download latest version doesn't work
 

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• Two points below corrected/altered
• Welsh translations for English place names removed (previously inconsistent)
• Heading has English in red (Welsh in red everywhere else)
• Festiniog Railway caption changed
• Layout change with heading at top and page filled
 

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New TfW maps on franchise start 5.10.18

• Cardiff Central station wrongly located
• Merthyr Tydfil misspelt Tidfil
• Amselen (timetable) is misspelt amserau
• Birmingham International doesn't have Airport in its title
• Grey hatched line between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Minffordd on Network and Timetable maps not described. (Shown running to Porthmadog on Accessibilty map and described as 'Heritage Railway')
• Inconsistent use of Welsh for English stations, eg Manchester has a translation but others don't
• Welsh station names shown in both red and black (red when accompanied by English (in black) but in black when Welsh only)
• Grey line north of Wilmslow should run to Manchester Airport
• Arrow on London route, but not on line to Taunton
• Hereford-Worcester line shown on network map but not on timetable route map
• Disappointing draughtmanship throughout including avoidable reduced point sizes in cramped areas
• Line colours on Route and Accessibility maps do not correspond

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• Canolog (Central) misspelled Canalog
• Carmarthen shown as stub station but Swansea isn't (shown as a through station)
• Pontypool & New Inn caption smaller than others on same line (and smaller than Yate)
• Line feed too large between Welsh and English lines on major stations
• No 'bridge' to distinguish routing between Swansea and Neath
• Soft curvy lines but straight Bristol - Birmingham
• Worcester line shown running to Birmingham New Street, might be Snow Hill as doesn't join main line at Bromsgrove
• Ebbw Vale Town missing
• Lack of curves at junctions, too angular

Timetable route map
• Grey line from London runs vaguely between Newport and Cardiff but not to Swansea
• Heart of Wales line shown running into Swansea, should be Llanelli
• Heart of Wales line is shown running to Welshpool instead of Shrewsbury
• Bidston line is shown running from Chester, should be Shotton
• Aberystwyth line should branch from Machynlleth, not to the east
• Variable font size (eg Pembrey & Burry Port is smaller than elsewhere)
• Chepstow shown wrong side of Severn estuary
• Unexplained non-existent hatched line Birmingham - Manchester (not going via Crewe or Stockport)
• Wrexham Central shown on mainline
• Ebbw Vale Town missing
• Worcester line shown running to Birmingham New Street, might be Snow Hill as doesn't join main line at Bromsgrove
• No curve on purple line south of Hereford (sharp join at bend)

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• Clarbeston Road station circle has black keyline instead of white
• Pye Corner shown on SWML
There may be more issues on this map
• Adapted from ATW map

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Once again, very angular

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Very angular. Missing captions at Cheltenham, Gloucester, Warrington; no station circle at Haverfordwest, Betws-y-Coed

Looks like Cardiff Bay is on the South Wales mainline

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A new angular version with straight lines and no curves seen March 2018.

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I've often been disappointed at how multiple languages are presented, particularly on signs, where a simple choice of spacing, font or colour could make them much more readable and immediate.

ATW fail on multi-lingual presentation too.

So I've created a Welsh only network map. with translations and inspiration gratefully received from Phil Wilks, Kijog and Geraint Rowlands.

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A new schematic design. I have seen a version without the step-free detail in a printed timetable.

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The mistake in 2007 showing Gowerton as the junction for the mid Wales line is still there in 2010.

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First seen from the train at stations between Cardiff and Gloucester (Feb 2008) and subsequently found on web site.

The previous map is better in a lot of respects.

You'd think ATW would have a well-defined policy on the presentation of bilingual place names, previously they have used the ATW blue house colour for the Welsh spelling, but here it is just in the same font making things very unclear. And the line feed is too small so that letters in different lines touch.

Where the Cambrian line splits at Dovey Junction the map uses a curved line but elsewhere all junctions are at right-angles or angular. Inconsistent representations at junctions: the Llandudno Junction layout suggests direct services Bangor-Llandudno and Ffestiniog-Colwyn Bay; other branch lines split at the junction station (Whitland). There is no clear segregation of routes at Shotton.

Warrington and Wilmslow appear to be close to each other as these routes are shown almost parallel - and there's all that blank space top right that could be used to give a better impression.

Lack of 'other lines'. Why go to Bidston? For Liverpool!

Where is Gloucester? Cheltenham should be Cheltenham Spa and Warrington Bank Quay.

Unequal spacing between Shrewesbury and Birmingham, and with a little thought the Shrewesbury caption could have been placed top right of its station circle instead of being placed in that cramped 45 space.

Cardiff, one of ATW's main hubs could have at least shown Queen Street as well as Central - and the Valleys are a mess, no Pontypridd or Caerphilly?

And vertical captions when there's all that space to the right begging to be used? No statement that 'all stations not shown'.

Merthyr Tuyfil spelt wrong in English, should be Tydfil.

Bad non-45 angle on Crewe - Warrington line.

Wherever or whenever I saw the main Arriva Trains Wales map, I was always immediately drawn to the fact that the island of Anglesey had a hard edge when the mainland coast had a soft edge. I think the hard edge is correct, as people don't usually think of a coastline as soft. Llandudno and Bidston look like there in the sea! Deliberate decision or careless mistake?

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