Can confirm after testing stuff out once it happened again, it is a strange sort of packet loss indeed. Eventhough it is on my locally hosted server, swapping from UDP to TCP packets solved the issue. Swapping back to UDP instantly caused it again.
I believe that's the plan, it is just not finished yet, updating South City is still ongoing and Fern Bay still to be done. Updating the tracks takes time when there is only one person doing the job. All we can do is to wait and hope Eric to progress in his work without any extra surprises in the development process. The day night transition is an extra feature which I think is mainly looked into by Scawen and as such does not affect Eric's progress on tracks. Then there will be the tyre physics update which we don't know how much effort that will still need to have it included in test patch releases along with grachics update for tracks.