SIMPLIFY TRAIN FARES

The Government needs to force the rail companies to simplify rail fares and simplify the rules about using them. There should only be one fare whether you are jumping on the train without buying a ticket in advance or with a ticket you have already reserved your set for. If they want to get people travelling they have to make it as simple, easy and as cheap as possible. The train fares are also crazily expensive and it's no surprise people use their cars.

Take the story on the link below about a couple forced to pay a fine for getting off two stops too early. It is absolutely disgusting and makes my blood boil that the train company are actually able to fine them a ridiculous amount of money for that. It's not right, not fair, doesn't apply any common sense and puts people back into cars when the Government wants us out of them.

And for those of you who might say they should have read the rules of the ticket – who does read them? It could happen to you. There's no need to read rules if there are no stupid laws or bylaws for something so simple as getting off two stops too early.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/7983548/Couple-fined-for-getting-off-train-too-early.html

Why is this idea important?

The Government needs to force the rail companies to simplify rail fares and simplify the rules about using them. There should only be one fare whether you are jumping on the train without buying a ticket in advance or with a ticket you have already reserved your set for. If they want to get people travelling they have to make it as simple, easy and as cheap as possible. The train fares are also crazily expensive and it's no surprise people use their cars.

Take the story on the link below about a couple forced to pay a fine for getting off two stops too early. It is absolutely disgusting and makes my blood boil that the train company are actually able to fine them a ridiculous amount of money for that. It's not right, not fair, doesn't apply any common sense and puts people back into cars when the Government wants us out of them.

And for those of you who might say they should have read the rules of the ticket – who does read them? It could happen to you. There's no need to read rules if there are no stupid laws or bylaws for something so simple as getting off two stops too early.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/7983548/Couple-fined-for-getting-off-train-too-early.html

Bring back ‘British Rail’ or at least ‘one’ train company

Let's have one train company again for the whole country. Whether this be Govt led or privately led.

This would make travel so much easier, particularly when having to change trains on a journey with different companies.  Often if the connection is missed, the next  train won't accept the pre-bought ticket as it was for the earlier time (not the fault of the passenger).

Ticketing would be easier, administration would be easier, maintenance would be easier.

Why is this idea important?

Let's have one train company again for the whole country. Whether this be Govt led or privately led.

This would make travel so much easier, particularly when having to change trains on a journey with different companies.  Often if the connection is missed, the next  train won't accept the pre-bought ticket as it was for the earlier time (not the fault of the passenger).

Ticketing would be easier, administration would be easier, maintenance would be easier.

Public Transport and Hot Drinks/Bevereges

On trains you are not allowed, ostensibly, to be served with any hot water without a  top on the cup or in your own flask ..encountered this for some yrs on East Coast mainline0 but always seemed to depend who you got!!??

Bought tickets for bus shuttle from Edinburgh Airport into town,  rtning just days after the "breath of fresh air" election and was hoping "freedoms " might have rtned a little. The officious staff then advised us we could not board with our hot costa coffee, ostensibly becoz it was hot and posed a dangerous risk to us and others??!! even tho' it did have a lid on it!! In the end we hid it , half drunk , in our haversack , when there was a change of staff and it spilled eveywhere!!

* We just wanted to get home , coz we took 4 days to get on hols with volcash at the start of our pre-booked hols (all public T known to humankind, self-organise and not re-imbursed) and had also been stranded in Agadir for 2 days with volcash round 2!!! at the end of hols…We are still tryin to get a few 100 gainst extra 2K we spent to get on hols and back 

Why is this idea important?

On trains you are not allowed, ostensibly, to be served with any hot water without a  top on the cup or in your own flask ..encountered this for some yrs on East Coast mainline0 but always seemed to depend who you got!!??

Bought tickets for bus shuttle from Edinburgh Airport into town,  rtning just days after the "breath of fresh air" election and was hoping "freedoms " might have rtned a little. The officious staff then advised us we could not board with our hot costa coffee, ostensibly becoz it was hot and posed a dangerous risk to us and others??!! even tho' it did have a lid on it!! In the end we hid it , half drunk , in our haversack , when there was a change of staff and it spilled eveywhere!!

* We just wanted to get home , coz we took 4 days to get on hols with volcash at the start of our pre-booked hols (all public T known to humankind, self-organise and not re-imbursed) and had also been stranded in Agadir for 2 days with volcash round 2!!! at the end of hols…We are still tryin to get a few 100 gainst extra 2K we spent to get on hols and back 

Instruction to Train Operators (London Transport)

That the interdict against train operators (motormen) on London Transport Underground trains indicating to passengers that the present station is the terminus by means of flashing the saloon lights be lifted.

Why is this idea important?

That the interdict against train operators (motormen) on London Transport Underground trains indicating to passengers that the present station is the terminus by means of flashing the saloon lights be lifted.

Reconnect Town and Country and you begin to Rebuild Broken Britain

I'm amazed that so few have raised this issue so far…

My idea is to reclassify former railway alignments under a new land classification category, using the United States' "Rail Bank" system as our model, and implement a planning moratorium protecting these potentially vital future transport corridors from the kind of cheap, ill-thought out and economically stagnant housing and commercial retail-park/strip-mall type developments we have seen under both the Tory and Labour administrations of the last 30 years.

Empower and financially incentivise local communities and rail companies to allow them to bring back those lines that were closed as being uneconomic under the Beeching Axe but which would now clearly serve a vital social and economic purpose for all those communities through which they pass.

Rail reopening is subject to so many planning restrictions… whilst the purchase and development of railway land is so simple for large Corporate developers who have no interest in retaining the former alignments for future transport links to be restored.

This situation must be reversed. It must be HARD for such potentially vital transport corridors to be disposed of! It must be made EASIER for planning authorities to turn away developers, and they should be encouraged to do so, unless that developer includes the preservation of the alignment within their plans.

In nearly every instance, the power to re-open lines lies with central government and (yet another quango) the SRA. Again, this situation must be reversed. This must in many, if not most cases be a local decision, for the local community whom the reopened line would serve.

Finally, the Coalition should publicly recognise that schemes focused on prising motorists away from their vehicles cannot simply focus on the bicycle and cycle lanes as an alternative.

Young children cannot cycle 10 miles into school, OAP's and those with disabilities cannot cycle 10 miles into town and ordinary Mums and Dads can't do a day's shopping with the family and cycle 10 miles back home carrying 10 bags.

If you want us out of our cars, and if you feel that buses are slow and unpleasant and clog up the roads even more… then good quality, frequent and reliable suburban and rural light rail services are your answer.

Likewise, you cannot transfer the vast amounts of freight that travel by road, away from lorries and onto bicycles. If we want to see less freight travel by road, again, rail is the only real answer.

Why is this idea important?

I'm amazed that so few have raised this issue so far…

My idea is to reclassify former railway alignments under a new land classification category, using the United States' "Rail Bank" system as our model, and implement a planning moratorium protecting these potentially vital future transport corridors from the kind of cheap, ill-thought out and economically stagnant housing and commercial retail-park/strip-mall type developments we have seen under both the Tory and Labour administrations of the last 30 years.

Empower and financially incentivise local communities and rail companies to allow them to bring back those lines that were closed as being uneconomic under the Beeching Axe but which would now clearly serve a vital social and economic purpose for all those communities through which they pass.

Rail reopening is subject to so many planning restrictions… whilst the purchase and development of railway land is so simple for large Corporate developers who have no interest in retaining the former alignments for future transport links to be restored.

This situation must be reversed. It must be HARD for such potentially vital transport corridors to be disposed of! It must be made EASIER for planning authorities to turn away developers, and they should be encouraged to do so, unless that developer includes the preservation of the alignment within their plans.

In nearly every instance, the power to re-open lines lies with central government and (yet another quango) the SRA. Again, this situation must be reversed. This must in many, if not most cases be a local decision, for the local community whom the reopened line would serve.

Finally, the Coalition should publicly recognise that schemes focused on prising motorists away from their vehicles cannot simply focus on the bicycle and cycle lanes as an alternative.

Young children cannot cycle 10 miles into school, OAP's and those with disabilities cannot cycle 10 miles into town and ordinary Mums and Dads can't do a day's shopping with the family and cycle 10 miles back home carrying 10 bags.

If you want us out of our cars, and if you feel that buses are slow and unpleasant and clog up the roads even more… then good quality, frequent and reliable suburban and rural light rail services are your answer.

Likewise, you cannot transfer the vast amounts of freight that travel by road, away from lorries and onto bicycles. If we want to see less freight travel by road, again, rail is the only real answer.

Regulation of Railways Act 1889 – criminalising people travelling without a train ticket

Train operating companies (TOCs) use an ancient piece of legislation, the Regulation of Railways Act 1889, to bring train fare "evaders" to court, resulting in the person receiving a criminal record and taking up the courts' valuable time. This piece of legislation is draconian, unnecessary and unfair and it should be repealed. 

Why is this idea important?

Train operating companies (TOCs) use an ancient piece of legislation, the Regulation of Railways Act 1889, to bring train fare "evaders" to court, resulting in the person receiving a criminal record and taking up the courts' valuable time. This piece of legislation is draconian, unnecessary and unfair and it should be repealed. 

Repeal the Railways (Electrical Power) Act 1903

Repeal the "Railways (Electrical Power) Act 1903 and replace with a presumption that the installations of Overhead or Third rail (or future method) be allowed.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal the "Railways (Electrical Power) Act 1903 and replace with a presumption that the installations of Overhead or Third rail (or future method) be allowed.

The Tube to Run for 24hrs

Ok currently the tubes in and around London stop running at around 12/1am. It would be better for everyone to have the tubes running for 24hrs. Even if it some particularly busy lines and on some evenings, i.e the central line and friday and saturdays.

Why is this idea important?

Ok currently the tubes in and around London stop running at around 12/1am. It would be better for everyone to have the tubes running for 24hrs. Even if it some particularly busy lines and on some evenings, i.e the central line and friday and saturdays.