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02 December 2017

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) have launched the third and final phase of their consultations over new timetables to be introduced in May 2018.  The latest proposals will come as a disappointment for passengers using Palmers Green and other stations on the Hertford Loop, as the planned increase from two to four trains an hour on Sundays is no longer being offered. The online survey form mainly asks questions that are of little relevance to people using trains for weekend leisure purposes........

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23 October 2017

Following a recent Supreme Court ruling on the wheelchair priority space on buses, Transport for London have released a new guide for drivers and will be hosting several Accessibility Bus Driver Forums, to which users of wheelchairs or mobility scooters are invited. The event on 14th December will be held at Palmers Green Bus Garage (off Green Lanes, just north of the North Circular Road).

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21 October 2017

A recently published article by "Bus Driver U" describes what the author sees as serious safety failings in the way that bus services are regulated by TfL and run by bus operators.  The article includes a link to another describing a campaign for safer bus operations in London launched by an American businessman who was the victim of near-fatal collision on Oxford Street. The anonymous driver's article  - Bus Driver Fatigue—A TfL-Contracted Killer on London’s Roads? - is.......

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13 September 2017

To facilitate carriageway resurfacing Green Lanes (A105) will be CLOSED in Winchmore Hill nightly from 20:00 to 05:00 the following day on the dates 11th September to 23rd September 2017 inclusive Buses on routes 329 and N29 are expected to follow their normal route along the A105 until the Bourne Hill/ Hedge Lane junction and then non stop via A111 Hedge Lane to A10/A406 roundabout and then via A10 Great Cambridge Road and B154 Church Street to rejoin the line of route A105 at Village Road........

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26 July 2017

Londoners have until 2 October to give their views on the draft Transport Strategy that was published by the Mayor of London in June. The strategy is described as "the start of an ambitious plan that will reshape London over the next 25 years. It sets out a bold approach to achieve an essential vision – to create a healthier, fairer city; one that is not only home to more people, but that is a better place to live in." The complete draft document is over 150 pages long, but there is a.......

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05 July 2017

Passengers using Great Northern and other rail services operated by Govia Thameslink Railway are being consulted about draft timetables due to come into effect from May 2018. The deadline for response is 27 July.

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27 June 2017

No way out. The newly installed gate at Palmers Green station is a serious impediment to anyone with a heavy load or who has difficulty climbing stairs On the Sunday before last I arrived at Palmers Green station after a couple of weeks away.  I had with me a very heavy suitcase, but was easily able to pull it up the three small steps between Platform 2 and the car park and then wheel it home.  If I had returned one day later, I would have been in trouble, because the gate to the car.......

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01 May 2017

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09 April 2017

As part of the Cycle Enfield works, resurfacing of Green Lanes at and near the junction with Station Road and Fords Grove will be carried out overnight for four nights starting on Monday 10th April.  Buses 329 and N29 will be diverted away from Winchmore Hill between 8pm and 5am. The section that will not be covered is likely to be between Bush Hill Parade ("Church Street" bus stop) and the Green Lanes/Hedge Lane/Bourne Hill junction in Palmers Green. <?php$ogImage = ' ';include.......

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05 March 2017

Healthy Streets for London, published last month by Transport for London, is an important document which outlines in broad terms the strategy that will be adopted by the Mayor of London and his Walking and Cycling Commissioner in order to increase "active travel" by people living and working in London.  The health benefits of daily activity are shown in the diagram.  Conversely, the disbenefits stemming from current inadequate amounts of activity among the general population are.......

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20 January 2017

The consumer group Which? has released its 2017 customer satisfaction survey results for rail companies and Thameslink/Great Northern are almost bottom with some absolutely dire scores.  The numbers in the table below are star ratings (maximum 5 stars).   Leisure Commuter Punctuality 2 2 Reliability 2 2 Seat availability 3 2 Standing space 3 2 Frequency 3 1 Carriages 2 1 Toilets 2 2 Value for money 2 2 Customer score.......

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18 January 2017

Because of delays caused by the Cycle Enfield road works along the A105, the 329 bus is currently not running south of Wood Green station.  This will allow frequencies to be retained between Palmers Green and Enfield.  According to the TfL website, the route curtailment runs from 5th January to 30th March. Southbound buses are terminating very close to the usual stop outside Wood Green station.  However, buses towards Palmers Green on the 329 are not serving the northbound Wood.......

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14 December 2016

"It stands to reason  that trains are large and heavy, whilst leaves are small and light, so leaves can’t stop a train." "It stands to reason  that trains have solid metal wheels, so trains can’t get ‘flat tyres.’" Well, you might think so, but you'd be wrong (though since tube train wheels don't actually have tyres, you'd be strictly speaking right about the second point). For a highly detailed discussion of the problems afflicting the Piccadilly Line.......

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30 November 2016

The current phase of the public consultation about Govia's proposals for changes to rail timetables from 2018 finishes at 5pm on Thursday 8th December. Under the proposals, offpeak services between Palmers Green and Moorgate will be doubled.  However, at some other stations along the line the increase will be smaller and offpeak frequencies may even be reduced. The proposed Monday to Saturday offpeak services would be six trains an hour, made up of: Two trains an hour from Stevenage.......

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03 October 2016

Govia Thameslink Railway, the company that runs trains through Palmers Green, has published details of its plans for improved services on all its lines due to come into operation in 2018.  For Palmers Green the off-peak service will be six trains an hour to and from Moorgate on Mondays to Saturdays (with additional trains on M-F peaks) and four trains an hour on Sundays. This more frequent service on the "Great Northern Metro" will be operated by new fully accessible six-car trains with.......

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01 October 2016

A petition has been launched to try to persuade Govia Great Northern to reopen a gate at the Alexandra Park end of the footbridge across Alexandra Pallace station. Automatic ticket gates are now in operation at Alexandra Palace station.  They are located in the building at the Wood Green end of the footbridge.  Until recently it was possible for passengers accessing the station from the Alexandra Park (Bedford Road) end of the footbridge to reach the platforms without having to walk.......

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03 September 2016

A strike of station staff employed by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) that was scheduled for Wednesday 7th September has been called off. The strike would have been the first in a campaign of industrial action mounted by the RMT union in opposition to the rail operator's plans to close ticket offices at a large number of stations (the union says 84) and introduce "station hosts", who would be based on station concourses. The RMT has suspended the campaign following discussions at the ACAS.......

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20 August 2016

In connection with the start of Night Tube services on the Central, Northern and Victoria Lines, four bus routes serving North London will this weekend introduce overnight services on Friday night/Saturday mornings and Saturday night/Sunday mornings. The routes are: 34 (Walthamstow - Edmonton - Palmers Green - New Southgate - Barnet) 123 (Ilford - Woodford - Walthamstow - Tottenham - Turnpike Lane - Wood Green) W3 (Finsbury Park - Hornsey - Alexandra Park - Wood Green - Tottenham) W7.......

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17 August 2016

Station staff employed by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) have voted in favour of strike action.  GTR's operating franchise includes the Great Northern services, so Palmers Green and other Hertford Loop stations are likely to be affected by any eventual strike action. GTR corporate identity at Palmers Green StationThe strike ballot, called by the RMT union, is a response to GTR's plans to close ticket offices or reduce their opening hours.  As well as Great Northern, the proposals.......

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29 June 2016

Recently published data show that the operator of the Great Northern services - Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) - was the worst performing rail operator in the UK during May 2016. GTR's "performance and punctuality measure" for May (referred to as "Period 2") was 78.1% - representing the percentage of services which run and complete their journey "on time" (ie were less than five minutes late).  This compares with 87% for May 2015.  GTR also had the highest cancellation and significant.......

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