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November 28, 2008 - 08:54 AM
Mark Peters


On 1/5/08 this sit TWEM said it was "Call to address passenger dissatisfaction with the East Midlands Trains Liverpool-Nottingham-Norwich rail route."
What is going on, 6 months ago!!!!!
I think these focus groups are a waste of time, they dont seem to help at all, i think there just hand in glove with the train operators and DfT, waste of time...

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November 27, 2008 - 01:39 PM
Frank Turner



Check this site out, its come to this to see something done about East Midlands Trains shocking services.

We are sick of being treated like animals, although i bet they are treated better, sack Stagecoach - They took our rail service back 25 years over night.

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November 11, 2008 - 01:58 PM
Stephen Abbott


Colin Hewitt may have mis-read my earlier comment - while supporting targeted railcards, like him I see problems with a card for all-comers

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November 06, 2008 - 02:10 PM
Colin Hewitt


In response to Stephen Abbott, I agree that targeted railcards (e.g. Senior Citizens) are fine, but all a national card will do is deter those occasional users who will see the railways as expensive if they don’t belong to “the club”. (You can be sure that rail fares would go up to compensate for the revenue lost on the railcards – there is only so many a train can hold so revenue for a well loaded train would otherwise fall). The person with the company car will see no incentive to use the train – and is more likely to go for a budget/discounted airline internally than use the train. It would not be worthwhile for people who only make relatively short journeys. They will not see it as cost effect to buy a card and will seek alternatives as the train for local journeys will be seen as expensive to the non railcard holder. Again the issues are more rolling stock and to make train travel attractive and the BEST option. This may be e.g. high speed rail?

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October 20, 2008 - 11:05 AM
caveat emptor


Don't be misled by the new TV advert' for the Trainline.
It refers to advance bookings and Trainline, giving the impression that Trainline is cheaper than the station, when Trainline charge £1 more.
FOR THE CHEAPEST DEALS,avoid the Trainline but buy in advance, either at the station OR via East Midlands Trains website.

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October 17, 2008 - 02:02 PM
Stephen Abbott


Railcards for specific groups were introduced to increase railway income, and this they have done. Although some types were protected on privatisation they continue to be a commercial incentive not a social obligation. By the same argument a national railcard for all-comers is unlikely.

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October 17, 2008 - 01:20 PM
Colin Hewitt


See that the DfT has redefined trains as being overloaded when they reach 130 passengers per 100 seats rather than of 110. Apart from being un-acceptable in it’s self, there are people out there who want to introduce a national railcard which will only cause more overcrowding whilst at the same time reducing the train companies’ income. So less money to invest in extra rolling stock! (Or less to go the shareholders/banks - whichever less for new rolling stock). The major issue is to get more carriages rather than serving those with a train spotter mentality who would probably travel by train anyway and whose only objective is to get around more cheaply and are not bothered about overcrowding!

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October 16, 2008 - 08:52 AM
Jeff Lawrence


Whilst a Leicester to Liverpool service would be useful, going via Nottingham would make it un-attractively slow - even if running via Beighton.

Also don't tamper with the Nottingham to London Semi-Fasts. Remember the outcry from Nottingham when these were diveted to Manchester a few years ago?

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October 14, 2008 - 08:44 PM
Alan Michael


Priorities for the east midlands remain largely the same since the new companies have come in. Major changes are planned from December but defficiences highlighted by TWEM remain.
EMT should be fighting tooth and nail (for the benefit of the region) to get a foothold beyond Sheffield (Manchester, Bradford, Leeds). Problems exist at Nottingham because of the number of terminating trains, why are mainline services not being extended to Lincoln regularly?
The new Corby train to be a success must be extended north hourly and go to either Derby or Nottingham (if it were Derby it would enable Sheffield fast trains to travel via totan and miss Derby achieving faster journeys).
Earlier northbound services from the south are needed, from December you cannot get to Leeds from Leicester for a 09:00 meeting (an easy journey by road)!
XC seem very focused on the old Virgin side of there business. Leicester again a big looser over the last few years achieves no change. Rumours have surfaced of ...

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October 06, 2008 - 03:32 PM
Michael Baker


Further to David below. This does illustrate the need to split the service at Nottingham. A Leicester to Liverpool service via Nottingham with longer trains and better rolling stock would be very useful. As has been said elsewhere, routing via Beighton would eliminate the reversal at Sheffield and save a path between Dore and Sheffield.

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September 17, 2008 - 07:02 PM


I travel from Alfreton to Leicester each day and I am disgusted by the overcrowding issue on the return journey (Norwich - Liverpool run).

I suffer from arthritis in my joints. I'm 6ft tall and finding sitting in a confined space very uncomfortable - in fact it hurts my legs (I have shooting pains for the whole one and a half hour journey) to sit, bolt upright in my seat with no room to move. I'd like to see less seats in carriages - not more. To overcome the overcrowding issue requires more carriages.

I'd also like to be able to sit at a table seat without having to perform gymnastics getting in and out of the seat and without kicking the person opposite me. Trains should be made for ultimate customer comfort - after all, i consider myself to be a priority client as I spend over £2.5k per year for this dire service!

Whats more - Why is it not possible for season tickets holders to reserve a seat on their journeys each day?

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August 19, 2008 - 01:23 PM
John Loudon


Thanks to Stephen Abbott for commenting. I do hope that you are correct. Maybe my information was tied up with some engineering work or something.

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August 17, 2008 - 10:03 PM
F Turner


It has been announced that the new operator East Midlands Trains will be issuing new uniforms for their staff and the old ones will be recycled. They should use the old uniforms to cover the worn out seats on their rubbish 156 type trains.

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August 17, 2008 - 11:01 AM
Stephen Abbott


My understanding is that last trains from Nottingham to Leicester on Saturdays from Dec 2008 wil be London trains at 21.00 and 21.28 plus local trains at 21.32 (calls Ivanhoe line stations) and 23.10.

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August 12, 2008 - 08:15 PM
John Loudon


It's looks as if the last train back from Nottingham to Leicester on a Saturday will be before 20:30. (from December). I enjoy a night out in Nottingham from Leicester, but doesn't look as if I will be able to use the train on a Sat night. Shame.

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August 04, 2008 - 04:33 PM
Terry Kirby


I agree with most of the previous comments about fares on Cross Country services, electrification, etc. But a major bugbear for me is the ridiculously short and overcrowded trains we have to put up with, as well as the often extortionate fares.

A major issue is the way the railways are structured in this country, plus the constant meddling and micromanagement from the nonentities at the DfT, most of whom probably have no concept of what trains are like in 'the real world' (i.e. outside London), and, probably, no real interest either.

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July 24, 2008 - 03:15 PM
Karen Bayliss


Work on widening the A453 into Nottingham due to start in 2010. The Nottinghamshire coroner Nigel Chapman is reported to have said that an estimated 10 to 20 people could die on the A453 in the next five years - and its upgrading would improve safety on the "dangerous" road.

But surely to invest in the railways in the area would save even more lives. Besides where does the extra road traffic generated by this scheme go to when it gets to Nottingham? Surely this will mean more congestion and road casualties in Nottingham it self?

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June 27, 2008 - 09:51 AM
Jim Thompson


Glad to see that we may get high speed rail. Don’t hold your breath though! Although energy costs will increase with increased speed, if it gets people off internal air flights, then over all it will reduce green house gases.

However for serious rail electrification in the UK we need to sort out our electricity generation. Nuclear power is the only reliable option to meets the needs, although in reality this can only borrow us time.

Wind power is a good option too but expensive and not suitable for base loading. It also provides relatively little power

We also need to look at the "live simply" option and reduce our consumption.

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June 11, 2008 - 01:34 PM


I'm hearing rumours about cuts to the EMT services to Wellingborough and Kettering next year. EMT haven't responded when I asked, so I'm wondering if anyone else has any ideas about what the plans are?

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June 05, 2008 - 04:37 PM
Christopher Thomas


Beware simplification of train tickets scam - In the 6 months Since Arriva Cross Country have taken over, Fares went up in january 2008 and Burton on Trent (east midlands trains run the station) car park charges have gone up to £4.50. But worst of all on top of this you can no longer use Cheap day returns before 09:30 (was 09:00) and between 15:30 and 18:15 (there used to be no restriction). This applies is any journey where cross country set the fare such as derby - Nottingham, Burton - Nottingham etc. This means for example we have to buy the peak ticket at £11.90 instead of £7.80 if I if I want to have a day in Birmingham and not wait untill 18:30 to return. This is a massive fare increase!.

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