Public Transport

Eagle-eyed readers who've gone past or into our local station since Monday will have noticed new signage over the door: 'Palmers Green' has become Palmer's with an apostrophe Green. Go down the stairs and onto the platform and more changes will be revealed, many incoporating the distinctive orange logo of the American company Palmer's, whose skincare products are mainly based on cocoa butter or coconut oil. So what's this all about? Will it make the train service run more smoothly?

The results of research into how passengers feel about train services in the capital show dissatisfaction with fare levels, crowding and other aspects of services. A significant finding is that two thirds of passengers say that cuts to services would mean that they would be less likely to use trains. Perhaps people travelling (or no longer travelling) on Great Northern Metro services through Palmers Green are being used as guinea pigs to test out what happens when services are reduced to pre-1970s frequencies?

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Timetable changes to Great Northern services from Saturday 21st February will introduce more Monday-to-Friday peak hours trains through Palmers Green, but off-peak frequency remains two an hour. The company's community engagement officer has said that future services will depend on what's affordable to run once we establish what the 'new world' of travel looks like.

This week is Sexual Abuse and Violence Awareness Week. London Travelwatch has issued advice on how other passengers can help if they see someone on a train or bus being harrassed.

Two new morning peak trains from Gordon Hill to Moorgate were introduced on Monday to ease overcrowding. A new timetable with an improved peak hours service comes into effect on 21st January.

A crowdfunder has been launched to support the legal costs of a campaign to prevent the government awarding a new six-year contract to Govia Thameslink Railway to run Great Northern, Thameslink and Southern Rail services.

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Starting today, Great Northern rail services through Palmers Green are being cut to two an hour at all times because so many staff are off sick with Covid-19.

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A campaign against reductions in bus services in London has been launched by the London TravelWatch Bus Alliance, with as lead organisation London TravelWatch, the official watchdog organisation representing the interests of transport users in and around the capital.

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The Campaign for Better Transport has launched a new campaign aimed at increasing government support for improved public transport.

The London Assembly member for Enfield & Haringey is urging Govia Thameslink Railway to restore the frequencies of train services running through Palmers Green to their pre-February 2021 levels sooner than the currently proposed date of May 2022. She is also keen for the train operating company to eventually deliver the full 'turn-up-and-go' service (six trains an hour off-peak) that was promised five years ago.

The line between Finsbury Park and Moorgate will be one of the first parts of the UK rail network to be converted to a new signalling system, but this will require five weekend closures this summer, starting this coming Saturday and Sunday, when trains will be diverted into Kings Cross. The upgrade will make it technically possible to run more trains on the line, but radical timetable improvements are probably a long way off - it looks like we will have to wait until May next year just to have our previous four trains an hour offpeak service restored.

Take a virtual ride in the driver's seat along the new 456 bus route, which starts on 13th March, running from the North Middlesex Hospital in the south to Crews Hill in the north via Silver Street, Firs Lane, Farm Road, Station Road, Winchmore Hill Green, Worlds End, Enfield Town and Willow Road.

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