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    Northern ticket vending machines - covert cameras.

    Not sure if this has been discussed before. Using a recently installed Northern TVM, I noticed that it has what appears to be a pair of cameras installed. The lenses are visible behind the two small square windows, above the credit card keypad. One of the lenses is looking straight forwards and...
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    British Rail Telephone Enquiries - the lost tapes

    Bit of an obscure one here - Techmoan has some lost audio tapes from the British Rail Telephone Enquiry Bureau.
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    Journey planners suggest unnecessary double-back when changing trains

    Why do journey planners sometimes suggest an unnecessary double-back when changing trains? This has happened to me twice recently: Waterloo Merseyside to Ormskirk - change at Moorfields rather than Sandhills, and Barrow in Furness to Skipton - change at Lancaster rather than Carnforth. One...
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    Integrated transport - bus routes that should be integrated with the rail network.

    The thread on the UK's inability to do integrated transport has got me thinking. Which bus routes could be sensibly integrated into the current rail network? That would involve the bus link being added to railway timetables, put into the Routeing Guide and rail tickets accepted on the bus. I'm...
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    Merseyrail emergency coronavirus timetable

    I've just got an email from Merseyrail, saying that they will be changing to a 30 minute service frequency using 6-car trains.
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    Horton in Ribblesdale station to get footbridge, with lifts.
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    Liverpool Lime Street to Liverpool Central minimum connection time

    This is a recognised walking interchange, isn't it? I'm struggling to find the minimum connection time for walking between the stations. Would a 2320 arrival in Lime Street allow a walk to Central to get the last train of the day to Southport at 2338?
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    Footpath crossings - rights of way.

    Is there available anywhere a list or map of footpath crossings on the rail network? Also is it possible to find out which crossings are recognised public rights of way? Do Network Rail publish this information? Thanks.
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    Tickets where via routeing forbids the shortest/quickest route

    More and more tickets are having their route changed from "Any permitted" to "via X". Sometimes this is of no consequence as via X is the only way that a passenger would go. However, sometimes the change has been made thoughtlessly and is preventing passengers from taking the shortest or...
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    Clapham (Yorks) / Giggleswick to Settle and beyond fares

    At some point these fares have been routed "via Skipton" and priced accordingly for the unnecessary double back between Long Preston / Hellifield and Skipton. The most extreme example of this daftness is that we have a ridiculously expensive Giggleswick to Settle SDR anytime day return at...
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    Liverpool to Gobowen fares

    I am planning on making this journey so looked up the fares and routes. The Routing Guide allows travel via either Chester or Shotton, and there's not a great deal of difference between the two routes with respect to distance and journey times. However the fares available are: Anytime day...
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    Northern advance fares +Arriva bus!fares?orig=BDI&dest=LCN Example - Bradford interchange to Lincoln. The highest price £15 Northern Only advance fare says: "Journey must include travel on the following main TOC: NORTHERN Connecting travel (where permitted by routeing) is allowed on: ARRIVA BUS" What's the...
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    Peak District PlusBus

    Has this changed recently? The National Rail website says that it is available from Matlock, Buxton, Hathersage and Glossop stations. However, the PlusBus website only mentions Matlock and Buxton. Unhelpfully the...
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    Rover / Ranger maps that you'd change

    Following on from this thread What Rover / Ranger maps do you think could be changed for the better? I'm talking about sensible changes that don't undercut normal day return fares and might actually have a...
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    New Clee incident - fare dodgers ejected from train, brick train, train cancelled.

    From the Grimsby Telegraph :
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    Carnforth, Clitheroe & Nelson ticket offices under threat

    This has been mentioned on the Buses & Coaches subforum but I suspect that not everyone reads that. Lancashire County Counci are proposing the closure of the ticket office/information centres at Carnforth, Clitheroe and Nelson stations, along with the information office at the newly refurbished...
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    Crewe Works downsizing

    I don't think that this news has been posted on the forum. Bombardier are planning on reducing the size of Crewe Works, with the traverser and everything west of that being demolished to build a housing estate. The planning application can be seen here -...
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    PlusBus from SY/WYPTE boundary stations

    Moorthorpe, South Elmsall and Denby Dale stations are in West Yorkshire. Darton station is in South Yorkshire. I can't get Northern's website to offer either South Yorkshire or West Yorkshire PlusBus tickets travelling from any of these stations. Is that the official policy or is it a mistake by...
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    West Yorkshire Day Rover evening restriction.

    I still have 2 or 3 scratch-off West Yorkshire Day Rovers that were bought before the evening restriction period for train travel was introduced in 2014. Am I right in thinking that I can still use them in the evening peak period? Somewhere I have printout from the WYmetro website saying that...
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    South Yorkshire Joint Line - what future?

    Looking at ut seems that traffic on the Doncaster to Worksop SYJt line has fallen off a cliff in recent times. It's now down to a couple of trains per day, whereas not too long ago it was operating close to capacity. Maltby Colliery, the last source of freight on the line...