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    Select Service Partner - Unfair Monopoly

    I am cynical enough to believe that if businesses don't I am cynical enough to believe that if businesses aren't open and honest with their customers there's a good reason. The more I think about the current predominant set up regarding station catering the more I think it should be trashed...
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    Select Service Partner - Unfair Monopoly

    Are Pumpkin and the like really franchises? I wonder what consumers would think if they knew many of the retail outlets were all run by the same organisation. I wonder why they aren't told.
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    Liverpool St James - reopening - new name required

    Perhaps Cop means "not that close to the"!
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    Select Service Partner - Unfair Monopoly

    The lack of retail is weird but perhaps more importantly unexpected and annoying.
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    Liverpool St James - reopening - new name required

    Thanks. I did not know that.
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    Select Service Partner - Unfair Monopoly

    Whether or not it is unfair or not I would argue that it is somewhat deceptive, letting consumers believe there is meaningful competition operating, which is assumed to be in their interest as "consumer sovereigns". In reality (as in so much of neoliberal life) this is all faux.
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    Liverpool St James - reopening - new name required

    The irony being that there are a fair few Merseyrail stations close to sand hills (aka dunes) but this is not one of them!
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    Liverpool St James - reopening - new name required

    If they are holding a competition for Liverpool St James why not one for Headbolt Lane? Or did I miss that one? Hate to think what the losing entries were. 1643142049 Yes a major source of annoyance. If open would probably generate more usage than most suburban stations. Ditto the secondary...
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    Liverpool St James - reopening - new name required

    Freshfield and Town Green are certainly places in their own right. Waterloo and Edge Hill ditto. Moorfields is a street and I wonder why it was chosen as the station name, given that one of its exits (the main one?) is a fair distance away. Agree that the other examples are obscure. That...
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    Select Service Partner - Unfair Monopoly

    Perhaps there should be an app that lists alternatives to SSP? Perhaps there is?! I'm not really sure that the current method is the best way to do things. But there are plenty of people on the forum who tell me, as ever when it comes to railway matters, that there is no alternative.
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    Liverpool St James - reopening - new name required

    I have never found any gateline issues at Liverpool stations. Manchester on the other hand!
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    Select Service Partner - Unfair Monopoly

    It is to provide the illusion of competition, in a similar way to TOCs and for similar political reasons (i.e. private good, public bad)
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    Liverpool St James - reopening - new name required

    It should be noted that Liverpool City centre has changed beyond recognition in the past decade or so. I would suggest that if you have not heard of the Baltic Triangle then you are not really on the pulse. Liverpool will never forgive Hillsborough and its links to the government of the time...
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    Liverpool St James - reopening - new name required

    I think Baltic Triangle has positive future facing connotations whilst Toxteth offers too many memories of the bad times.
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    Liverpool St James - reopening - new name required

    Does the Nottingham tramway not have a stop at both universities?
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    Liverpool St James - reopening - new name required

    Mainly overseas students I would suggest, who haven't twigged a sensible fare for the journey!
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    Liverpool St James - reopening - new name required

    Well yes. Using your example Kilburn High Road is far better than calling it High Road. It's not as if there are half a dozen Kirkby stations already.
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    Liverpool St James - reopening - new name required

    There is a precedent set by not calling Moorfields, Liverpool Moorfields. It is the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and so two Liverpool cathedrals. I could live with Kirkby Headbolt Lane but it still sucks.
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    Liverpool St James - reopening - new name required

    Perhaps it is thought that Baltic will expand from its triangular shape! Well perhaps if that is where Headbolt Lane comes from. Is it a well known thoroughfare in the district? Like Penny Lane? Or Champs-Elysees? I, for one, have never heard of it and would argue that in general there are...
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    Reopening Liverpool St. James

    Duplicate thread here methinks

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