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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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