Earlier in the summer, July 8th to be exact, a friend who was travelling back to London sent me a picture (see below) of the situation at the Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord. "Queues at Gare du Nord are horrendous. They go all around the building and up the stairs. God knows if i'm going to be able to get the train," he said. There had been similar scenes the previous day on Saturday July 7th when an "operational problem" caused chaos at Gare du Nord. On July 1st "thousands of confused passengers" were left waiting for hours in the heat at Gare du Nord while one mother complained that the "Eurostar was no longe ra family experience" after her family was split between two different carriages. In fact a quick scroll through Twitter suggests there have been many days this summer when, for whatever reason, there have been chaotic scenes at Eurostar terminals on both sides of the Channel. Of course not all of the problems that prompted these tweets from disgruntled … [Read more...] about Is the Eurostar service just not as good as it used to be?
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Photo: Depositphotos.com Some two million journeys between the Netherlands and nearby European cities will be made by train rather than plane within the next five years, if junior transport minister Stientje van Veldhoven has her way, the NRC said on Friday. On an average flight with 150 passengers, that would save 13,000 take-offs and landings at Schiphol airport, the minister told the paper after publishing a new policy document on boosting the railways. Opposition parties, green groups and the head of Dutch state railway firm NS have called for more effort to boost train travel. Eurostar launched a direct train service to Amsterdam from London earlier this year. According to research by the government’s mobility expertise centre KIM, five cities offer good options for train rather than air travel: London, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf. London KIM looked at 13 cities with 20 airports within a 800 kilometre radius of Amsterdam. The researchers concluded that … [Read more...] about Minister signals shift to train travel; two million air journeys could be by rail
Rail bosses have admitted travellers are better off buying two separate tickets for some single journeys instead of a bog-standard return and have promised to reform the confusing system. As a result, a consultation will be launched next month and run until September to find the best solution. In the meantime, it’s worth making the most of those cheap single fares. If you’re all about saving cash this summer, here are some other ways to travel by train on the cheap. Thank us later. 1. Split your fare As mentioned, buying a couple of single tickets and changing trains can impact the price of your ticket. For example, an anytime return from London to Telford (where I’m from) could set you back £201. But savvy shoppers could buy a standard single ticket from London Euston to Birmingham New Street for £25.50, a ticket from New Street to Telford Central for £10.80 - and then repeat the process for the way back. This would come to a total of … [Read more...] about Cheap Train Tickets: 9 Tips For Saving Money On Rail Fare This Summer
“The train you travel on today will not exist from 20 May,” says Charles Horton, chief executive of GTR. “That’s the simple truth.” But the man who runs almost one in four of UK rail services, including the troubled Southern operation, is telling commuters that things can only get better. He ordered his staff to tear up the timetable and start again, to produce: “A timetable which is far more operationally robust than the timetable it replaces.” From 2am on Sunday 20 May 2018, schedules with origins stretching almost a century will be torn up. Read more Southern Rail voted UK's worst train service for third year in a row The new timetable promises dramatic improvements for commuters from Brighton to London Victoria, the core of the Southern operation. In the hour from the first post-6am service, at 6.14am at present, there are five trains taking an average of one hour, 15 minutes. Starting on the first working day, 21 … [Read more...] about Southern Rail commuters promised better train service from 20 May as entire timetable set to change
It was dark by the time I got to Linda’s. I’d been her GP for seven years but this was the first time I’d been asked to visit her at home. I retrieved my bag from the boot, put my hood up against the wintry drizzle, and made my way across the sward that separated her house from the road. My shoes swished through the wet, uncut grass. On summer evenings, children from some of the other old Somerset miners’ cottages would be out playing; their own private rec. Tonight it was deserted. Trevor answered my knock. “She’s through here,” he said, ushering me into the warmth of the small hallway. Linda was sagged in a sofa that had been squeezed against one entire wall of the compact living room. In the time it took to greet her, I noticed that her skin was sallow, even allowing for the artificial light. And every now and then, one of her arms or legs would jerk involuntarily. She managed a weak smile, but her eyes were dull and distracted – … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightThe wounded healer: how my father’s cancer led me to a life of helping othersDictator’s playground: inside Viktor Orbán’s Hungary