Subject tag: Public Transport

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15 May 2022

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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18 February 2022

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.

08 February 2022

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.

07 February 2022

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.

31 January 2022

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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04 January 2022

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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24 November 2021

Residents of some Enfield wards - I'm looking at you, Palmers Green councillors! - would be grateful if they had more than a few hours notice of upcoming ward forums, while minutes of previous meetings would be looked upon as a wholly unrealistic luxury, but the Winchmore Hill ward forum has always been exemplary in both respects. This week it has outdone itself by publishing not one, but two versions of the minutes of its most recent meeting, on 4th November.

10 November 2021

Transport for London's parlous financial situation, brought on by a pandemic-induced catastrophic fall off in fares revenue, not only threatens big cuts to tube and bus services . Unless an adequate long-term solution is found, in place of the grudgingly given six-month government gap-plugging deals, the outcome will be even worse congestion on the roads than we are already experiencing, and other impacts affecting not just London. Anyone interested in London's future should read this important article by the chief executive of the Centre for London thinktank.

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28 October 2021

Enfield Council is proposing to extend the operating hours of the northbound bus lane in Green Lanes just south of the North Circular Road so that it is in force from 7am to 7pm seven days of the week, rather than, as now, in the Monday to Friday evening peak only (4pm to 7pm). Only two parking spaces will be available (in the inset bay next to Zourtos butcher's shop), but the council say there is enough parking available on side streets to compensate.

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17 September 2021

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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22 August 2021

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

12 August 2021

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.

23 June 2021

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.

02 March 2021

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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07 February 2021

With effect from 22nd February services on the Great Northern Metro will be drastically reduced. Between Moorgate and Palmers Green trains will run at 15 minute intervals in peak hours and half hourly at other times..

27 January 2021

A new campaign, NHS New Deal, sets out a vision for a fully funded, truly public NHS which respects health workers, gives patients the power to shape its future, and ensures everyone the quality care we all deserve.

26 August 2020

With children soon due to return to their classrooms, the issue of how pupils will travel to and from school is becoming urgent. There are serious questions about how many will be able resume using public transport. Across the country the government is telling local authorities that they want at least half of pupils with journeys of less than two miles who have previously used buses to switch to active travel - walking or cycling. In London it's still unclear under what circumstances free public transport will be available to schoolchildren. This article points readers in the direction of some recently published information relevant to school transport in the age of Covid-19.

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01 August 2020

A recent publication by the Partnership for Young London reports the findings of research into how the suspension of free travel for under-18s is likely to affect young Londoners. The report forms part of the evidence base behind the Child Poverty Action Group's Don't Zap the Zip campaign.

26 July 2020

A recording of a Zoom session run by the Centre for London to explore the impact of Londoners' changing travel habits on recovery and consider the emerging picture for future mobility. Participants include Sashi Verma, Director of Strategy and Chief Technology Officer Transport for London.

01 July 2020

The Child Poverty Action Group has launched a campaign to keep travel on London transport free for under-18s.