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    First class to be scrapped on South-Eastern Rail.

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    First class to be scrapped on South-Eastern Rail.

    Post by papa_umau on Tue 14 Mar 2017, 2:15 pm

    First class could be axed in next Southeastern rail franchise

    Department for Transport considers scrapping 1st class compartments in attempt to create more space on commuter trains.

    In an attempt to free up space on the busy commuter network, which handles 640,000 passenger journeys on 1,900 train services every weekday, the government is considering making all trains one standard class.

    Trains could also be refurbished in “metro style” – removing traditional seating in favour of sideways-facing seats and more standing space.

    See the full plan at the Online Guardian HERE




    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ?

    While first class carriages should have been done away with years ago for a different reason, this makes me wonder if the British commuter trains are now going to look more like buses or American underground trains in order to cram more people into already-congested rail carriages.

    With much of the Southern rail workers now striking against driver only trains I think that if the government get their way on this there will be no room any more on commuter trains for the second safety conductor.

    Who'd be a commuter these days ? Not me !


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    Re: First class to be scrapped on South-Eastern Rail.

    Post by zathrus on Thu 16 Mar 2017, 11:29 am

    They are saying that they are going to put more carriages on the trains, but the trouble is that many of the stations cannot handle any more carriages.

    I really hate the idea that our commuter trains are going to be converted into strap-hanger compartments.

    There is nothing comfortable about standing and strap-hanging to get to work.
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    Re: First class to be scrapped on South-Eastern Rail.

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 17 Mar 2017, 12:10 pm

    There was a programme about this on the TV recently where the Chinese city commuters handle being crammed into carriages going to and fro work.

    They even have people on the platforms that push the commuters in so that they can shut the doors.

    Here's an interesting video of this from YouTube



    Lets hope that this never happens to us.


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