Think London’s trains are bad? Look at the great northern train fail | Phil McDuff
‘Meltdown Monday’ saw Northern cancel more than 300 services, reflecting the absolute dire level of investment
On Monday, the unimaginatively but accurately named Northern Fail app listed 327 routes run by Northern railway that had either been fully or partially cancelled. This seems like a lot but, unless you live in the north, you probably wouldn’t have been aware of it. Unlike the trials and tribulations of Southern or, more recently, Thameslink, northern infrastructure problems rarely make the national news.
It’s not exactly a mystery why this is. Most of the people who write the news live within the London commuter belt so the failures of the rail company they take to work is obviously going to be more salient than the failures of the rail companies they don’t. But at the risk of being a professional northerner about this, we have train cancellations galore round these parts.
Hi @amyfentonNWEM I’m on the @northernassist 15:03 from Lancaster to Carlisle via Barrow.
The single carriage train was met by abt. 200 school kids at Ulverston. Around 50 left behind due to train being totally full. Next service is cancelled!
Hell of a way to run a railroad! pic.twitter.com/jW8eOEppnx
Related: Northern rail disruption continues amid driver shortage
Source: Guardian Transport
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