Subject tag: Public Transport

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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.......

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.......

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.......

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.......

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.......

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.......

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.......

22 June 2016

Many readers will have noticed that there has been no noticeable reduction in the number of train cancellations on Great Northern.  They mostly occur at weekends (when the service is nominally only half-hourly in the first place) and during school holidays, reflecting the fact the fact that the chronic shortage of drivers continues.  Punctuality also continues to be extremely poor. Govia Thameslink Railway, the company behind Great Northern, is a joint venture between the Go Ahead.......

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29 May 2016

The installation of ticket gates at Palmers Green station almost certainly means that the exit from platform 2 to the car park will eventually be closed, which will cause significant inconvenience for some station users. An unfortunate "side effect" of the installation of automatic ticket gates at National Rail stations in London and elsewhere has been that secondary side or rear entrance/exits to stations have been closed.  This is not just to prevent people entering or leaving without a.......

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25 May 2016

The Department for Transport has confirmed that step-free access to the platforms at Palmers Green and Alexandra Palace stations is still planned, but not for another three or four years. Joanne McCartney, London Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey (and as of this month, Statutory Deputy Mayor of London), this week published a letter from the DfT assuring her that "Access for All" schemes "will be proceeding", but are "in the early stages of planning".  The letter stated that.......

11 May 2016

The rail company behind Great Northern has admitted that, despite boosting its training programme, it still does not have enough drivers to run all scheduled services, especially during periods of high annual  leave (ie school holidays).  And it would appear that planned service enhancements due in December will prolong this problem, as will the need to train drivers for new train fleets. The article below is taken from www.thameslinkrailway.com (thanks to Donald Smith for drawing it.......

25 March 2016

The body that represents public transport users in London is to ask the operator of Great Northern and Thameslink rail services to reconsider its proposed changes to ticket offices, including those at Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill. The Board of London Travelwatch met on 22nd March to consider Govia Thameslink Railway's proposals, along with a report prepared by the London TravelWatch Secretariat and some 8,000 responses to the consultation from various organisations and individuals, plus.......

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25 March 2016

As of Tuesday 29th March there will be a new regular bus service connecting Cockfosters Station with Luton, via Potters Bar, Hatfield, Wheathampstead and Dunstable. The new connections come about as the result of changes to an existing bus route, the 610, run by UNO, a company set up primarily to serve the University of Hertfordshire, but whose services are available to everyone. As previously, a few peak hour buses will operate to and from Enfield Town, but they will now be routed via.......

21 February 2016

The official watchdog for transport users in London has published a document outlining transport users' priorities for the 2016-20 Mayoral term. The document, Ten Policies to Keep Londoners Moving, has been issued by London TravelWatch (or to give it its official name, the London Transport Users Committee). Ten Policies to Keep Londoners Moving Transport is one of the Mayor’s key responsibilities. London is changing rapidly and it will be a major challenge to ensure that.......

20 February 2016

Govia Thameslink Trains has concluded a financing deal which will allow it to replace the current 1976-vintage trains that run on services from Moorgate, which include the Hertford Loop.  The 25 new trains, built by Siemens, will enter service in late 2018. The Moorgate service require special dual-voltage trains as the underground section, the "Northern City Line" between Moorgate and Drayton Park, uses a DC third-rail system, while the remainder of the route uses AC overhead power........

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17 February 2016

The Enfield Transport Users Group (ETUG) will be meeting at the Civic Centre on Tuesday 23rd February from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Representatives of both London Overground Rail Operations and Govia Thameslink Railway will be attending. The meeting is open to all people interested in improving public transport in Enfield. The meeting will be in Room 3 at the Civic Centre. Read the minutes of the meeting on 26 November 2016........

05 February 2016

Govia, the company behind the Great Northern and Thameslink brands, is planning to close ticket offices at Palmers Green and other stations where average ticket sales are low.  Instead, a station "host" will be available on the "concourse", selling a limited range of "popular" tickets.  However, the plans do have a positive aspect - there would be a Host at the station from first to last train every day. According to Govia's "Stakeholder Manager" (PR person?), these plans would only.......

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21 January 2016

"Inner suburban" services from Moorgate - presumably including those serving Palmers Green -  are among a list of rail services which will be transferred to Transport for London (TfL) ownership and become part of the London Overground, if newly published proposals go ahead.  However, this will not occur before 2021.  It also appears that we will have to wait until then before seeing any serious attempt to smarten up the dismal stations along the tunnels between Moorgate and.......

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11 January 2016

Of the 1.2 million Freedom Pass holders across London, around 138,000 Older Persons pass holders will need to renew their passes from January to March 2016. London Councils, the body which administers the Freedom Pass scheme, will be sending out a letter to all Older Persons Freedom Pass holders whose pass is due to expire. These letters will be sent on the 13th January. Following the success of the last year’s renewal, where 74% completed the process online, you will again be able to.......