Chairman Pip's Railway Thoughts

It’s a good combination. Like steak and eggs

Posted in Customer service, Great Britain, Metro by Chairman Pip on 5 January 2011

As you may be aware, I’m a librarian by profession and, as part of my job, I sit on the executive committee of an organisation called Libraries for Nursing. At the last meeting I attended, I was asked, in my capacity as “Da Man” when it comes to the railways, to come up with a draft policy over the claiming of expenses for rail travel, as we don’t have one laid out. This covered three distinct areas – travel on ordinary National Rail services, using the sleepers, and using urban metro services. While I was putting this together, a thought occured to me. While there are occasions where, if you are going to a conference or event, the venue is right by the nearest railway station, it’s more likely that you’ll have to travel by train to the town or city where the event is being held, and then use the local transport network (whether it be road or rail based) to get to the actual venue. As an example, last year some of my colleagues, both from my employer and from the LfN group, made the journey to the Health Libraries Group conference, which was held at the Lowry Centre in Manchester. The nearest railway station is actually Harbour City, which is on the Eccles line of the Manchester Metrolink. So, anyone going to this conference would have had to purchase their railway ticket to either Manchester Piccadilly or Manchester Victoria, and then purchase another ticket to use on the Metrolink. So what if all of the urban metro and light rail stations and stops were integrated into the National Rail network? As I’ve said, I often stay in Nottingham, and the nearest stop to where I need to be is Nottingham Trent University. Think how much easier it would be if I could buy a ticket from St Pancras to Nottingham Trent University, rather than getting one to Nottingham and having to buy a seperate tram ticket. How much easier would it be for all of the football fans from around the country to buy a ticket to the stop nearest the stadium they’re going to? Not only would this be convenient for passengers in the short term, but it would make the pricing of through routes much simpler in the event that the tram-train concept is taken up properly in Britain.

Nottingham Trent University tram stop - it would be easier if I were able to purchase a direct ticket to here from London


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  1. james said, on 6 January 2011 at 3:00 am

    i like it

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