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Railways 'to get 1,000 carriages'

OK a step in the right direction, but 2014? That's 7 years away, surely we could manage to get a more significant amount of rolling stock on the lines by then?

Thinking about the figures the BBC give. If 1,000 is 1/10 of the current fleet that's only a 10% increase in 7 years. If the rail usage continues to increase by 10% each year then that's around a 95% increase over 7 years. That's an extra 8500 carrages (in addition to the extra 1,000 the government are funding) full of people we're not providing for.

Aren't we supposed to be trying to encourage people to use public transport rather than driving everywhere? I've heard of lots of people who prefer to drive (even if it means paying the congestion charge) then try squeezing into one of the peak trains.

We're already at the stage where however much you squeeze people into these carrages, some people are being left behind.

These extra carriages are a start, but are only a tiny step towards what is required.

Maybe this would be a better use for the money we're about to waste on renewing Trident?


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14th Mar, 2007 09:49 (UTC)
they're going to be playing catchup for a long time anyway. There are people who "would use the train, but they're so crowded/old/...", add more carriages and people will discover that there's, yknow, *seat room* occasionally and start thinking it might not be so bad. then the new carriages will get overcrowded as well :)

-- flurble
14th Mar, 2007 09:56 (UTC)
Yes, but at least then we're getting more people off the road onto the trains.
14th Mar, 2007 12:13 (UTC)
... money we're about to waste renewing Trident
i like this idea:

-- flurble
14th Mar, 2007 12:41 (UTC)
They have to make the platforms longer, which will take 7 years. I'm all for making the main ones longer first and having a sign on the carriage that sticks out on the other stations saying "If you are not getting off at [list of stations who have long platforms] then please do not use this carriage because the platform hasn't been made longer yet". But then chavs would steal the sign because if they can't read it, nor should anybody else, like road signs.
14th Mar, 2007 13:20 (UTC)
They already do that though with the announcements.

eg "Customers for West Norwood should join the first 7 coaches due to short platforms"
14th Mar, 2007 16:35 (UTC)
My first thought was that this was a very good idea when I heard it on the news this morning, and generally I do think this is at least a step in the right direction, just not a big enough step. I was disappointed to find out that they are only going to use the extra carriages to extend trains that are currently 8 carriages long, to 10 or 12 though. The trains I catch are already 12 carriages long and overcrowded :-( They're also busy building even more new homes in our area too, and estimate loads more people are going to be using the trains because of this. I can't help wondering where they are all going to fit...
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