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Old 14th December 2016, 01:16   #1 (permalink)
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Rail strike outrage.

You would think it was a global catastrophe if you believed the coverage on UK TV. This outrage even had precedence over the events in Syria. That insufferable tw@t Piers Morgan was on brekky telly this morning calling for all train drivers and conductors to be sacked without notice. So how did this major disruption affect the rest of the UK? Well, not one little bit!
A bunch of Londoners had to take the bus, or have the day off. Who says there’s a South East bias in the media?
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Re: Rail strike outrage.

I think you'll find that Syria did make top spot on the news, at least when I was watching. Actually, a lot of people have lost their jobs over this very long strike because they can't be relied upon to get to work on time, or even at all.
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Maggie would have sorted this lot out.

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Re: Rail strike outrage.

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You would think it was a global catastrophe if you believed the coverage on UK TV. This outrage even had precedence over the events in Syria. That insufferable tw@t Piers Morgan was on brekky telly this morning calling for all train drivers and conductors to be sacked without notice. So how did this major disruption affect the rest of the UK? Well, not one little bit!
A bunch of Londoners had to take the bus, or have the day off. Who says there’s a South East bias in the media?
I think you will find this rails companies profit goes to Government so it is costing THE NATION in lost revenues ie taxes so yes it does affect all.
People have lost jobs because they cannot get to work
I understand other train companies work without conductors however Sothern are in dispute over this,The only trains I have seen out of Portsmouth are only 3 or 4 carriage.With the modern closing doors and locking system personally cannot see the problem,with driver only trains,No longer have bus conductors (iknow slightly different) but move with the times,
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Old 14th December 2016, 14:47   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Rail strike outrage.

I think in this day & age EVERY train should have a guard, never mind for just closing the doors but to keep their eyes on what's going on inside the carriages.
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I think you will find this rails companies profit goes to Government so it is costing THE NATION in lost revenues ie taxes so yes it does affect all.
People have lost jobs because they cannot get to work
I understand other train companies work without conductors however Sothern are in dispute over this,The only trains I have seen out of Portsmouth are only 3 or 4 carriage.With the modern closing doors and locking system personally cannot see the problem,with driver only trains,No longer have bus conductors (iknow slightly different) but move with the times,
Lol, is that after the mega Tax payer subsidies have been added in, or after?

The problem is a lot more complicated than a few disgruntled passengers being late!.

"The financial context

The stated ambition of the government has been to drive down the costs of rail, transferring more of the cost from taxpayer to passengers – but raising fares has become politically toxic. A 2011 report by Sir Roy McNulty said that costs in the UK were up to a third more expensive than in comparable European countries, for a variety of reasons. The DfT has looked to ensure new franchises drive down costs, and staffing is an obvious target – driver-only operation, enabled further on new fleets of train, could do that."

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Spot on Spurs, it's all about the Money, cutting costs at the expense of Passenger Wellbeing & Safety! Now where have I heard that recently...
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Re: Rail strike outrage.

Many trains are up to twelve car, especially at busy times and I would like to have a guard on the train at all times. There is only one big problem here - very often the guard spends his time hiding away and not patrolling the train and is not seen except when the doors are opening or closing. If they want to retain their jobs, then do the job properly i.e. be seen and be aware of what is going on in the train.
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Re: Rail strike outrage.

Looks like they are not really as safe as they would have us believe.

https://uk.yahoo.com/news/545813-105139557.html

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Re: Rail strike outrage.

It's all down to profit before passengers. They made over one hundred million last year but that's still not enough for the greedy bar-stewards.

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Re: Rail strike outrage.

We need more guards one per carriage the way things are heading in the UK, and paid for out of company profits NOT by raising fares to pay for it.
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