The Last Post…

November 6, 2011

<<Cue Buglers>>

Well here it is, the last post on https://allticketsplease.wordpress.com

From today, Sunday 6th November 2011, All Tickets Please will move completely to it’s new home on the Internet.  For those who are still looking for their fix of railway news, humour, photography, video and model railways; please forward yourself to the new addresses below.

All Tickets Please is now located at http://www.allticketsplease.co.uk

All Tickets Please Railway Photographs is a new site that has replaced my Photobucket account to allow for more control over images.  The new address is http://railphotos.allticketsplease.co.uk

I will still be maintaining my Flickr Photostream with images of Charters, Steam Loco Movements, Unusual Freight Workings & Test Trains.  The address is http://www.flickr.com/photos/allticketsplease/

Last but not least, my Youtube Channel is still open and is added to fairly regularly.  Please visit http://www.youtube.com/user/allticketsplease for video of Freight & Passenger workings, London Underground, Network Rail Test Trains, Charters, Steam Loco movements and much more.

Finally for this post, and indeed the blog at this address, many many thanks to all of you, my readers, who have made this blog as popular as it is.  I look forward to writing for you in the future at the new address.

<Lower Flags & Turn Out The Lights>

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We’re Moving House….

November 4, 2011

Just a quickie to let you all know that as of Monday 6th November 2011, All Tickets Please will be moving to it’s own domain.  This decision will allow more developments to the blog that are currently not allowed by WordPress for blogs hosted by them.

Also, we have launched a new rail photo site featuring over 500 images sorted by category.

The New Blog Address is http://www.allticketsplease.co.uk

The New Rail Photo Site Address is http://railphotos.allticketsplease.co.uk

Please update your bookmarks/RSS Feeds accordingly.

 

Many Thanks for your continued support of All Tickets Please and we look forward to you joining us in our new home (we may even give you a cup of tea).

Regards

 

The AllTicketsPlease Team.


Arriva in Grand Central Railway takeover

November 4, 2011

Transport group Arriva has announced a takeover of North East-based Grand Central Railway.

Grand Central 180105 at New Barnet

Grand Central 180105 passing New Barnet Station

The company, which runs services to London from Sunderland, Hartlepool and Bradford, has been acquired for an undisclosed sum.

As an open access operator, Grand Central does not receive subsidy from, or pay any premium to, the Department for Transport.

It provides about 700,000 passenger journeys a year.

Tom Clift, Managing Director of Grand Central Railway said the company would remain a self-contained business with its own brand and identity, and would continue to be based in York.

He added: “The decision by Arriva, one of Europe’s largest transport undertakings, to acquire Grand Central is a huge vote of confidence in all our staff who have worked so hard over the last four years to deliver the very highest standards of customer service to the growing numbers of passengers using our routes.

“I will continue to lead Grand Central and will report directly into Bob Holland, MD of Arriva’s UK Trains division.”

Mr Holland said: “Bringing Grand Central on board means we have a live open access operation up and running, one which is popular with customers and which we believe we can develop to become a key commercial part of our UK rail operations.”


Sacked railway worker drops unfair dismissal claim

November 2, 2011

From: Bournemouth Daily Echo

A “Walter Mitty” railway worker who “fictitiously” claimed he was sacked for removing a shopping trolley from a track withdrew his claim for unfair dismissal today.

Ian Faletto alleged he was sacked after 27 years’ service by South West Trains for removing the trolley at Lymington railway station in Hampshire, where he was ticket office clerk, in March this year.

Many local people supported his campaign to get his job back and New Forest MP Desmond Swayne handed a 8,400 petition to Parliament in support of the award-winning worker.

But after he was presented with new evidence, his counsel advised him to drop his claim, prompting a strong statement from SWT who described the allegations by Mr Faletto as “fictitious Walter-Mitty-style claims.”

It said it was angry about the trolley claim, that Mr Faletto stepping on to tracks were “foolhardy actions” and that it was “doubly upsetting that many well-meaning people in community were so misled”.

Mr Faletto, 50, had alleged he contacted the signalman to turn off the power and then removed the trolley to prevent an accident.

Speaking outside the employment tribunal building in Southampton, Mr Faletto, from Totton, Hants, maintained that the trolley was on the railway track.

“The way they have treated me after 27 years’ momentous service is very disappointing.

“It’s very difficult to fight such a large company. They have basically said they have other evidence and I have been strongly advised by my counsel to withdraw.”

Director of SWT Jake Kelly said: “We are pleased that Mr Faletto has finally withdrawn his case, which proves definitively that there was never any substance to the claims he made.

“However, we remain angry at the way these fictitious Walter-Mitty-style claims were so quickly reported as fact. It is also doubly upsetting that many well-meaning people in community were so misled.

“This was a matter of principle and integrity and we were fully prepared to outline the truth to the employment tribunal.

“We are confident that they had heard all of the evidence, they would have found in our favour. For the avoidance of doubt, we have made no payment to settle this case and nor have we ever considered doing so.

“As we have maintained all along, this case involved a serious breach of safety. The fact is that there is no evidence to show that there was a trolley on the track, as Mr Faletto claimed, and the safety of our passengers was not compromised at any point.

“The only safety risk was caused by Mr Faletto’s foolhardy actions in knowingly stepping down onto an area of live track for no justifiable reason.”

 

Finally Mr Faletto has realised that his lies could only go so far, unfortunately it has taken months of peoples time and also destroyed the trust of local people to get to aa point that should have been reached immediately.  Due to the amount of bad press this case has caused Southwest Trains, I do hope that they themselves will look at taking action against Mr Faletto in some way.


Jim Didn’t Manage to Fix It…

October 31, 2011

 

RIP Sir Jimmy Saville 31 October 1926 – 29 October 2011

From The Age of the Train to The Age of the Shareholder in 30 years.   To illustrate the rise in fares since 1981, check out the difference in prices from the video to the modern day equivalent fare.

 

Birmingham – Liverpool  was £7.80  now £32.40  Taken over a 30 year period, the rise in fare equates to 82p a year

Birmingham – Sheffield was £7.20 now £37.80     Taken over a 30 year period, the rise in fare equates to £1.02p a year

Nottingham – Manchester was £6.30 now £23.50 Taken over a 30 year period, the rise in fare equates to 57p a year

Wolverhampton – Manchester was £6.50 now £27.20. Taken over a 30 year period, the rise in fare equates to 69p a year

Leicester – Sheffield was £5.70 now £23.00    Taken over a 30 year period, the rise in fare equates to 57p a year

Although the above fares are all off peak, the fare rises don’t seem that harsh considering the rise in fuel prices, mainenance costs and staffing costs.

 


National Rail Performance at 91.5%

October 28, 2011

Punctuality on the railways reached 91.5% during period 7, according to monthly performance data released today by Network Rail. The data for Britain’s train services covers the period from Sept 18 2011-Oct 15 2011. This compares to 92.8% for the same period last year. The moving annual average is now at 90.4%.

London Overground Class 172 DMU 172003 at South Tottenham

London Overground Class 172 DMU 172003 at South Tottenham

The top performers in the period were: London Overground (96.9%), C2C (96.5%), Merseyrail (95.4%) and Arriva Trains Wales (94.5%).  Lowest performers for the period were: London Midland (88.6%), CrossCountry (87.5%), Virgin Trains (84.5%) and East Coast (84.1%).

However, East Coast’s performance was hampered by a number of Network Rail infrastructure failures, including a signal failure at King’s Cross on Sept 26, a fire on the Nene River bridge, Peterborough on Oct 2 and damage to overhead line equipment caused by trespass and vandalism between Loversall Carr Jcn and Retford on Oct 5.


West Coast franchise extended

October 27, 2011

On October 27 the Department for Transport announced an eight-month extension of the franchise to operate InterCity West Coast services which is held by Virgin Trains.

Virgin Trains is a joint venture of Virgin Group and Stagecoach, and its franchise will now run to December 9 2012, rather than March 2012.

‘When this extension expires in December 2012, the government will have completed a competition for a new operator to run services on the line under a new longer style of franchise which gives the operator more incentive to invest and more freedom to innovate and deliver for passengers’, said Transport Minister Theresa Villiers.

DfT expects to issue final invitations to tender in January for the 15-year franchise. This will run to March 31 2026 with an optional 20-month extension; the shortlisted bidders are Abellio, FirstGroup, Keolis/SNCF and Virgin.

Additional Alstom Pendolino cars are on order, Villiers said, ‘but in the longer term, even with these improvements, the route is expected to be full by 2024. This is why we are considering proposals for a high speed rail line between London, the West Midlands, Manchester, Leeds and potentially beyond’.