Trains, Bikes and Automobiles

So South West trains has decided to ban bicycles on its trains. The reason being, their trains are too overcrowded, and...

October 12, 2004

So South West trains has decided to ban bicycles on its trains.

The reason being, their trains are too overcrowded, and they have abolished guards vans so there’s nowhere to put them without inconveniencing other passengers.

This is complete madness – driving people back onto the roads in direction contradiction of both fitness and environmental agendas. Rail travel is already expensive and uncomfortable. At least it should be environmentally friendly…

Private rail firms, which spend so much time consulting and protecting their staff, should devote a similar amount of time to consulting their customers.

Which reminds me of my other gripe.

Cast your eyes around a commuter train. Check out all the discarded newspapers!

You might think the rail companies who diligently pick those up in their rubbish would earn a few pence recycling them….

Do they, hell! They go straight to landfill. According to a response I received from the Rail Passengers Council, it’s down to some bueaucratic absurdity around stations being owned by Network Rail and there being no consistent end-point for each journey to co-ordinate collection.

That’s what you get for trying to create markets where there is no liquidity. We should beware creating a perception of choice at the expense of actual quality.

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