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January 04, 2013 - 04:22 PM


In the climate of ever increasing disproportionate
rail pricing, I am wondering how passengers view the situation at Long Eaton Station, where lift facilities have been built and put in place at a cost of around 1 million pounds (?) and since there completion around mid 2012, they have not once been available for public use!!!.

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November 29, 2012 - 05:05 PM
Simon Turton


With increasing pressure on roads across the Peak District, and with many lines reaching capacity, it is time to re-open the Matlock-Buxton railway, which (prior to closure in the early 60s) was earmarked for electrification.

And, with St Pancras International the home to Eurostar (and the terminus for a reinstated Manchester-London (via Buxton and Derby) line, there is much scope for boosting business and tourism.

Imagine, being able to catch a train from Bakewell and travel to a business meeting in London, Paris or beyond? Or being able to welcome tourists from across Europe who would come to explore the Peak District without their cars?

Sadly, all we have at the moment along the former railway is another unnecessary cycle route, which people people have to drive to in order to enjoy car-free cycling! It would be funny if it wasn’t so ridiculous.

As for those who like walking and cycling, as I do, there are already hundreds of miles of footpaths, bridleways and cycle rout...

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October 05, 2011 - 03:06 PM
Mick Furn


Improved bus services in South West Northamptonshire.
New 8 Service from Northampton to Bicester linking with S5 and X5 for Oxford .
500 Banbury -Brackley -Banbury new route every 20 minutes daytime.
Stagecoach are getting new buses on the 500 route soon as an investment, also applies to 8 service which takes in villages in the fictional "Lark Rise to Candleford " area of Cottisford , Hethe and Fringford .
By the way John Craven lives at Adderbury have seen him sometimes whilst on rail journeys going everywhere.

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February 03, 2011 - 10:33 AM
Michael Furn


I live in Brackley , which is in the South West of Northamptonshire.
For the last 14 months I have been fighting to get Brackley a more direct and frequent bus service to the county of Northampton.
We had a meeting in the town on Octber 15th last year attended by the county council, local MP Andrea Leadsom,and Stve Morris from Bus users Uk plus Steve Burd from Stagecoach Midlands.
Plans had been drawn up by Stagecoach to get the town a direct link to Northampton.
Since then northants county council have announced a 100% cut in bus subsidy if this goes ahead , it will effect students, job seekers the elderly who want to visit the county , its unfair if it happens.
Especially when Stagecoach have gone out of there way to answer things after that meeting in brackley to give the town a decent link to Northampton.

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January 20, 2011 - 10:52 AM
Trevor Challis


Did anyone see the biased anti high speed rail film on Country File last Sunday by John Craven? No mention of the M40 motorway through the Chilterns which is much more unpleasant. No rail invest leads to more multi lane motorways blighting areas of outstanding beauty. Incidently John Craven lives or used to live in the Chilterns.

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September 22, 2010 - 07:34 AM
David Crowborough


ATOC wants to hand over control of Network Rail to the operators. Fine where there is only one operator, but what will happen where there are many operators or freight for example. Who would take control? I trust TWEM will issue a comment on this potentially damaging idea. After all, we have private road users, but a national road infrastructure.

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June 11, 2010 - 09:13 AM
Mick Furn


Brackley in South Northants now gets one of the countrys poorest links to its county town.
Walters of Oxford , who run the X 88 service between oxford and silverstone , this requires a changeover to a Stagecoach 88 at 15 minutes past hour.
Buses are failing to connect, and laeves straned passengers with no shelter, or toilets where Brackley is better suited.
The Journey times between Oxford and Brackley are taking 75 -80 minutes instead of 60 and arriving at Silverstone to meet the change.

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December 09, 2009 - 03:21 PM
George Scott


The latest news for our area that a new Freight Rail Hub is being looked at in the Spalding area.It could take a considerable amount of lorries off the road,but the local coucillors are not sure they can find a site or rationalise the implications before March. Again too much too late.

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October 26, 2009 - 12:14 PM
Alan Herringshaw


A moan about the fare "adjustment" on the Market Harborough / London service that means now a journey on the 08h16 train from Market Harborough costs more than £80 compared to earlier this year £37.50! This is scandalous!!.

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September 04, 2009 - 07:57 AM
Mark Stevens


Thanks to Stephen Abbott for his response. But again any pressure group which is even considering wanting to re-route Nottingham to London Trains via Corby permanently should not be taken seriously! The time penalty with the reversal at Leicester doesn't bear thinking about.

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August 29, 2009 - 03:20 PM
Stephen Abbott


In response to Mark Stevens, each year there are periods (the next is mid Sep - mid Dec) when trains late on Saturday and on Sunday are diverted between Kettering and Leicester via Corby. This is to allow engineering work on the normal route via Market Harborough which has only two tracks.

Corby will be served by stops on the diverted trains, there not being enough line capacity to run the normal Kettering-Corby service. Corby will therefore (fortuitously) enjoy through trains to Nottingham and Sheffield.

Diversion of weekday Nottingham trains via Corby would incur a severe time penalty, and I see no risk to the twice hourly direct service to London. A regular train service north of Corby would need to stand on its own merit.

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August 18, 2009 - 03:20 PM
Mark Stevens


I read in a Northampton paper that trains are currently travelling via Corby enroute to Nottingham (at weekends?) from London. Some ill informed so called pressure groups are wanting to make this permanent.

Hands off the Nottingham service! We do not want slower trains. Many of us remember the disquiet when a few years ago, Nottingham lost it's semi-fast London trains when they were diverted to Manchester. Not again thank you.

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June 29, 2009 - 10:11 AM
Robert Mason


It does seem that the Tories haven't changed. Still anti public transport ie penny pinching on the Nottingham Tram extention, but still not batting an eye lid on expensive road schemes - which also DO/WILL NOT benefit the whole of Nottinghamshire. Two faced or not.

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June 17, 2009 - 11:32 AM
Mike Fisher


Will the possible Tram cuts be Tory cuts or Kay Cutts?

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June 06, 2009 - 09:20 AM
John Knighton


According to Kay Cutts the leader of the new Notts Tory Council, the Tram is too expensive and disruptive to build. Does she really think that road building is not also disruptive and is equally - if not more costly. Come on putting all our eggs in the road building basket will just build on transport chaos we are so used to. The Tram is a something Nottingham is rightly proud of and it works.

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June 05, 2009 - 06:02 PM
Thomas Carr


Regarding "Liverpool-Norwich" MR March '09 by Stephen Abbott the overcrowding would be reduced if the service was speeded up with perhaps every second train not calling at Widnes, Manchester Oxford Road, Stockport, Sheffield,Alfreton and Ely. Leaving out the doubling back at Ely and Sheffield could save 30 minutes.
The strong flow of students is a mixed blessing. Their boisterous amiability is fine if you/they have only 30 mins. on the train between Nottingham and Sheffield but the school 'bus atmosphere on a long distance train is tedious for the long distance traveller and the refreshment dross unwelcome companions for the rest of the trip.
It's time that the franchise terms were changed and a long distance route provided long distance comfort and service.
May be local transport authorities' revenue support is calling the tune in Cheshire, Derbyshire and S.Yorks. The result is one service trying to meet 2 markets and achieving both local congestion and extended journey tim...

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May 06, 2009 - 01:20 PM
John Knighton


The Tories say they will scrap the Tram extension if elected in Beeston. Among other things they say it is not cost effective.

Well I suppose we could continue to build more roads (some are justified) but do they think that roads are free? Do the sums. The proposed fourth River Trent crossing (supported by Tories) could cost as much as the Tram extension. Furthermore, such a road crossing would be entirely funded out of taxation, whilst a considerable part of the Tram extension would be privately funded. (Oh didn’t The Tories mention that). The Tram will benefit more people than a fourth Trent crossing. Where does the extra traffic generated by the new bridge go? I guess the Taxpayer will just have to fund yet more roads to cope.

Those reading this will think that I am anti-car. No, but the current system is not working, journey times are getting longer, busses are held up in traffic making them unattractive. …and so on. Time to be a bit cleverer and think outside the box.

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April 25, 2009 - 06:10 PM
Alasdair Young


If you have 158s or even 156s you ar not the worst about a fortnight ago in Bristol I saw two 150s coupling up to form a Bristol to Weymouth train A two and a half hour journey.

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March 06, 2009 - 03:41 PM
Frank Turner


Well, they gave us the oldest, smallest and most worn out trains in the UK, the least capacity in years on Norwich – Liverpool, two unjustified price rises, and now they announce 165 redundancies from their staff. And all that in just over a year, and we’ve seen no improvement at all. What should we expect next from this greedy, arrogant and useless company, we just take it and do nothing.

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March 05, 2009 - 06:06 PM
Christopher Blake


I expect the figures for East Midlands Parkway are slightly inflated as it would be cheaper to book a ticket from there to London at the minute that it would be from Loughborough, Long Eaton, Derby or Leicester. In purchasing a ticket to London from East Midlands, but joining the service elsewhere on the network and buying an additional ticket to cover the rest of the journey (EG between Long Eaton and EMP) it would appear more are travelling than actually are!

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