Rail boss pledges to provide more standard class seats

Rail boss pledges to provide more standard class seats

Rail boss pledges to provide more standard class seats

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A commuter was encouraged by a meeting with rail chiefs to discuss the future of services in our region.

Jordan Newell, who is Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Colchester, recently met Greater Anglia chief executive Jamie Burles to discuss the state of the service.

Train cleanliness and the lack of standard class seating were the two main issues discussed.

Mr Burles said Greater Anglia would be hiring dozens of cleaning staff within the next few weeks and had plans to convert some first class carriages on intercity trains.

Mr Newell said: “The rolling stock is a big priority – we have 25-year-old stock which is the oldest in the UK and it is not a position we should be in.

“The refurbishment of first class carriages should create 52 extra standard seats on each train.

“I was encouraged by what they said and it is important to recognise running a modern railway in Britain is very difficult and complex.”

On Friday, Greater Anglia and Network Rail apologised to customers for failings in recent weeks.

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10:38pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Boris says...

We are in 2014 and we don't need different classes on our trains. Just declare all seats to be standard class, end of.
We are in 2014 and we don't need different classes on our trains. Just declare all seats to be standard class, end of. Boris
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5:05pm Tue 19 Aug 14

WilsunMarridge says...

Rolling stock is indeed 25 years old minimum - the old Intercity stuff was totally knackered when Virgin got shot of it to one of Abelio's predecessors years ago. Despite previous attempts at a temporary makeover, our carriages are now well past their best with saggy seats, stinking upholstery, vile toilets that would shame a 3rd world country - us long-suffering commuters, continually hit with annual fare rises deserve decent trains that run on time. Cant see the profits driven lot at Abelio being too interested though, until they are given a decently long franchise incorporating some strict conditions on stock replacement !!!!!
Rolling stock is indeed 25 years old minimum - the old Intercity stuff was totally knackered when Virgin got shot of it to one of Abelio's predecessors years ago. Despite previous attempts at a temporary makeover, our carriages are now well past their best with saggy seats, stinking upholstery, vile toilets that would shame a 3rd world country - us long-suffering commuters, continually hit with annual fare rises deserve decent trains that run on time. Cant see the profits driven lot at Abelio being too interested though, until they are given a decently long franchise incorporating some strict conditions on stock replacement !!!!! WilsunMarridge
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5:12pm Tue 19 Aug 14

eponymous coward says...

The intercity trains (Class 90) are nearly 40 years old. They have not been refurbished or indeed ever cleaned.

Abellio, when awarded the franchise returned 36 new trains as they would have eroded their profitability. They do not have the replacements to cover even a few train failures. They have also reduced maintenance to the lowest possible level to gain as much profit as possible.

This results in the massive failures we see on a daily basis. Nothing will solve this without new rolling stock. Which is notably absent from Mr Newell's conversation. Sir Bob also had "some conversations" with Abellio and I am sure Will Quince will pop up chatting to them at some point. NONE of this has changed anything, the railway has degraded to the worst level in 20 odd years.
The intercity trains (Class 90) are nearly 40 years old. They have not been refurbished or indeed ever cleaned. Abellio, when awarded the franchise returned 36 new trains as they would have eroded their profitability. They do not have the replacements to cover even a few train failures. They have also reduced maintenance to the lowest possible level to gain as much profit as possible. This results in the massive failures we see on a daily basis. Nothing will solve this without new rolling stock. Which is notably absent from Mr Newell's conversation. Sir Bob also had "some conversations" with Abellio and I am sure Will Quince will pop up chatting to them at some point. NONE of this has changed anything, the railway has degraded to the worst level in 20 odd years. eponymous coward
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