Archive for the ‘Transport’ category

Farewell free tea and coffee

Sunday, 11 November 2007

From today, many of the trains serving the UK’s National Rail network will be operated by different companies. One of the changes sees Midland Mainline’s service, which connected cities such as Leicester and Sheffield with London, merged with local services on the eastern part of the network formerly operated by Central Trains. I for one […]

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Deregulated buses in Oxfordshire

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Letter in today’s Daily Telegraph: Sir- I agree with Ken Livingstone (Letters, September 11). In Boris Johnson’s native Oxfordshire, where bus services are operated by a number of different companies, I often find myself waiting for a late-running bus. In the meantime, I have to let another bus, which is going to my desired destination, […]

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Eurostar beats Ryanair even without check-in

Thursday, 23 August 2007

I was quite pleased to see Ryanair get into trouble with the ASA over a misleading advert. The airline claimed it is quicker and cheaper to fly from London to Brussels than to take a Eurostar train. Of course, this is very misleading as Eurostar takes passengers right from one city centre to the other, […]

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Rail remains safer

Saturday, 24 February 2007

Despite having heard the news of a fatal rail crash in Cumbria, I didn’t think twice about boarding a train this morning. In fact, it never occurred to me that I should think about it at all. But now I see the sensationalist media have articles such as Crash is major blow for railways, with […]

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Road charging: something people really oppose

Tuesday, 13 February 2007

The fact that over a million people have now signed an online petition against the introduction of a road pricing scheme just goes to show how much the public hates this idea. Even if there has been a lot of encouragement in the press and the blogosphere for people to add their names, and even […]

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Fewer stops: faster Eurostar for the rest of us

Wednesday, 13 September 2006

Yesterday, the new Eurostar station at Ebbsfleet in north Kent was unveiled by Eurostar. At the same time, they have announced that Ashford International Station, in southern Kent, will lose all of its direct services to Brussels, and all but three to Paris and one to Disneyland. This has been met with dismay by the […]

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