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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #270 on: March 17, 2009, 08:56:00 am »
It has been interesting to note the dramtic increase in collectors at Moorgate station (four or more at a time!) who appear tyo be very 'direct' in their approach to people without tickets.  This despite the fact that they are collecting from trains where the BP station is not open and the 'new and improved' ticket machine is very temperamental about the cards that it will take (doesn't really affect me as I buy my season ticket online, and after the standard twice the promised time it eventually comes through the post).  Although I have yet to fall foul of them myself, I have seen some pretty bad scenes.

Would it be too much to suggest that opening the ticket office a little longer may reduce the need for the heavy mob?  May even be self-funding?

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« Reply #271 on: March 17, 2009, 02:21:24 pm »
Like any other business they want it done as cheap as possible. With some form of pre-pay on a stored card (i.e. Oyster) there becomes no excuse for no ticket. If they adopted Oyster out to Brookmans (the annual is within £20 of a Zone 9 season) you could top the thing up at newsagents or online.

It's just so much easier to drive to Cockfosters and know you have enough credit to travel without the need to worry about queues etc.

I know they're waiting for the ITSO system but like anything on the railways they're dragging their heels and it's the poor punter who ends up losing out.
 

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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #272 on: March 17, 2009, 03:01:36 pm »
the 'new and improved' ticket machine is very temperamental about the cards that it will take
Chucker

Yes, and it's temperamental about taking cash as well at times, my kids have both lost money in there, then the Inspectors at Potters Bar demand full payment again.

Perhaps the insides have been made from the remains of a gambling arcade slot machine, the odds are certainly the same!
 

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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #273 on: March 17, 2009, 08:57:11 pm »
If our kids want to take a train we now get the ticket from the machine with the credit card, as they also have lost money with no ticket to show for it, or have not been given any change.

Come back British Rail.

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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #274 on: March 24, 2009, 08:51:10 pm »
Probably another strike on Monday just to warn people:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7960874.stm
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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #275 on: March 25, 2009, 03:30:59 pm »
The machine has been cuasing problems there for a long time. I know somebody who had his money taken by the machine but got no ticket in return. Having no other way of paying he got on the train without a ticket. After explaining his situation to inspectors he was accused of trying to defraud FCC and ended up having to attend a hearing  :o
 

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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #276 on: March 26, 2009, 09:40:52 pm »
just seen on the BBC site that next Monday's train strike has been suspended.
 

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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #277 on: April 06, 2009, 05:38:49 pm »
For anyone travelling back from London tonight;

The National Rail website is reporting delays after a fatality in Finsbury Park this afternoon.  At the moment trains to Brookmans Park are delayed by up to 60 minutes and this is expected to last until seven o'clock tonight.

Up-to-date information can be found on the National Rail enquiries website, section Service Disruptions : www.nationalrail.co.uk


 

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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #278 on: April 06, 2009, 07:47:49 pm »
From the First Capital Connect site

http://www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk/Main.php?sEvent=LiveRunning

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6 April, 18:35: Great Northern route train services via Finsbury Park are still being disrupted due to an earlier fatality in the Finsbury Park area.

Trains are now able to call at Finsbury Park and services have resumed from both King's Cross and Moorgate.

Short notice alterations, cancellations and delays of up to 60 minutes can still be expected.
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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #279 on: April 07, 2009, 06:39:30 am »
First Capital Connect report normal services from Brookmans Park this morning following yesterday's fatality at Finsbury Park
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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #280 on: April 20, 2009, 08:40:53 pm »
Just come across this on BBC News:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8008675.stm

Probable Victoria Line Strike from 9pm Tue-9pm Wed FYI

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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #281 on: April 20, 2009, 09:07:55 pm »
First Capital Connect are doing some fairly major timetable work for their next timetable which starts in May. It can be downloaded via their website here:

http://www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk/content/doc/cms/FCC09M_GNBOOK_All%20Routes.pdf

As far as I can see, most of the evening trains to/from Brookmans Park have been retimed, although the morning seems largely unaffected...

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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #282 on: May 20, 2009, 06:48:35 am »
There is another Victoria Line strike from 9pm tonight (Wed) to Thurs eve

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8056934.stm

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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #283 on: May 21, 2009, 09:15:40 am »

As far as I can see, most of the evening trains to/from Brookmans Park have been retimed, although the morning seems largely unaffected...


Every cloud has a silver lining, as they say. In this case it means that I can turn up late at Finsbury Park, run up the stairs and still catch the train I thought I had missed, or the next one running earlier than expected.

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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #284 on: June 01, 2009, 01:35:00 pm »
but every cloud with silver lining may have rain.

Now in peak hours (not sure about morning, this mainly applies to the evening peak), there are no trains from PB north of WGC without change. Southbound, there are also some services with up to 40 mins gap to London.

I can also never understand the logic that with FCC, when it comes to southbound in the peak, there is a decrease in the number of trains. Isn't that meant to be the other way round?
 

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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #285 on: June 10, 2009, 06:58:07 am »
First train into Moorgate arrived on time today .. but about 4-5 times as many passangers as normal.
 

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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #286 on: July 05, 2009, 07:21:46 am »
First Capital Connect says it has cut 25% off weekend return train fares from many stations (including Brookmans Park and Welham Green) direct to London until 6 September. There's also around a 20% discount on Off-Peak Travelcards.

http://www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk/Main.php?iCmsPageId=474

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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #287 on: July 15, 2009, 08:05:41 am »
Looks like quite a few delays on the trains this morning.

http://www.journeycheck.com/firstcapitalconnect/?from=BPK&to=ALL&action=search

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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #288 on: July 15, 2009, 09:14:02 am »
Looks like things returning to normal.
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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #289 on: July 16, 2009, 01:17:17 pm »
Hi just wanted to say First Capital COnnect are planning to increase the price of all fares to and from Brookmans Park

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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #290 on: July 16, 2009, 02:41:31 pm »
Not getting enough from the car park....
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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #291 on: July 16, 2009, 03:20:55 pm »

Hi just wanted to say First Capital COnnect are planning to increase the price of all fares to and from Brookmans Park

Any comments welcome


First Capital Connect says the claims at the start of this thread that the company is planning to increase the price of all fares to and from Brookmans Park is "completely incorrect."

A spokeperson for the company said:

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"I don't know where this has come from and would like to know where this person has got their info from. At this stage we have no plans to change fares to Brookmans Park.

"The majority of our fares are regulated and connected to the Retail Price Index. This is currently negative and if it stays that way for the next few weeks, regulated fares (season tickets etc)  look likely to decrease slightly come January 2010."

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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #292 on: October 19, 2009, 02:14:00 pm »
From First Capital Connect...

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Certain morning peak trains will leave earlier during the Leaf Fall period

Certain morning peak trains will leave earlier this autumn

Monday 12 October until Friday 11 December 2009
Before approximately 0900 on Monday to Friday mornings, certain services towards London will operate to an amended leaf fall timetable and run a few minutes earlier this autumn.

Surely leaves canít be that much of an issue?

Autumn leaves are a serious problem that affects railways throughout northern Europe and North America. Fallen leaves land on the rail surface and are crushed by the train wheels to form a thin, but extremely slippery coating on the rail; rather like black ice on the roads. Whilst this is not dangerous, it reduces the rate at which trains can speed up and slow down; this in turn extends journey times.

What else is being done?

In addition to running to an amended timetable, we are working with Network Rail to combat the leaves by cutting back line-side vegetation and running special trains to remove the leaf mulch from the rails.

What will it mean to me?

Extending morning journey times by a few minutes, will allow us to deliver a more consistent service through the autumn.

http://www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk/Main.php?iCmsPageId=271

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« Reply #293 on: October 19, 2009, 03:03:29 pm »
we are working with Network Rail to combat the leaves by cutting back line-side vegetation

In the 'good old days' of steam engines, the problem did not exist because trees etc had to be cut back otherwise the sparks from the engine boiler would set them on fire.

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« Reply #294 on: October 30, 2009, 09:39:55 am »
http://www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk/Main.php?sEvent=MajorIncident

First Capital Connect are reporting that services may be disrupted today due to a lack of train staff.

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« Reply #295 on: November 02, 2009, 07:00:21 pm »
They are also cancellations this evening owing to "staff shortages".
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« Reply #296 on: November 02, 2009, 09:04:31 pm »
I believe that it's because staff are refusing to work on rest days - see

http://www.stalbansreview.co.uk/news/4712594.Buses_to_replace__St_Albans__trains_tonight/

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« Reply #297 on: November 06, 2009, 08:17:18 am »
First capital connect have announced there will be no train services from the village on Sunday 8th November due to staff shortages:

http://www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk/Main.php?iCmsPageId=502
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Re: Train updates, news and information
« Reply #298 on: November 09, 2009, 08:03:40 am »
My wife and I went for a celebration in Paris by Eurostar and decided on Friday to drive to Cockfosters and get the tube to St Pancras  - we did not know there would be no trains on Sunday so I am now thankful we did.

On another note I am going up to London more regularly at present to various points on the tube network. At present I tend to buy a ticket to Finsbury Park and then go out of the station and come back in on the tube side of things ( the card readers are not working at the main line station entrance).

It is not very convenient - I wonder if anyone has any advice as to the best way to transfer from the train to the tube on our line which is more convenient. My perception is using my Oyster Card is a cheaper way to travel - but I could be totally wrong!

Any advice gratefully recieved .

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