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18 October 2023
A planning application shows how Network Rail plan to make Palmers Green station step-free. Work is due to be completed in 2024.
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24 May 2023
Dave Cockle from the Enfield Society has been assiduously attempting to winkle out information from Network Rail about the Palmers Green Access for All project to provide lifts at the station. Last week he eventually received some 'notes on general progress'.
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05 April 2023
A call for devolution of suburban rail services was supported by all London Assembly members except Conservatives but has been rejected by ministers. Enfield & Haringey AM Joanne McCartney called service levels on the Great Northern Metro 'not acceptable'.
31 August 2022
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
23 June 2020
A minister in the Department for Transport has given the go-head for the next stage of work on the possible devolution of Great Northern Inner Suburban rail services to Transport for London.
09 June 2020
The Palmers Green Action Team's project of commissioning artworks to improve our town centre has moved forward with the installation of this new station sign, created by the Bread Collective. The next step will be to add planting, which will grow up around the lettering.
03 June 2020
New restrictions on free travel for older people will come into force on 15th June and will apply to the morning peak only. Touching in is to be reintroduced across all bus routes. The maximum number of passengers per bus will be 20 (double deck), 10 (larger single deck), or 6 (smaller single deck). All passengers are reminded to only use public transport if absolutely essential and maintain two metres social distancing wherever possible.
26 May 2020
Work on the tunnels between Drayton Park and Moorgate has now been completed and all services on the Hertford Loop via Palmers Green now start or end at Moorgate.
24 February 2020
Lucy Burton from the Palmers Green Action Team (PGAT) tells the story of PGAT's latest project - cheering up Palmers Green Station by commissioning artworks
02 November 2019
Great Northern Rail has announced that from Saturday 14 December 2019 until an undisclosed date in summer 2020 the line between Finsbury Park and Moorgate will be closed on most weekday evenings from 21.40 and on most weekends. On these days trains will run to and from Kings Cross (at a slightly reduced frequency on weekdays).
23 October 2019
Looking unusually resplendent, a class 313 train ran a special farewell tour on Wednesday to raise money for charity.
12 September 2019
The managing director of Thameslink & Great Northern Railways has written to London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney apologising for poor service and disruption to her constituents and assuring her that 'there is a great deal of focus by our operations teams on reliability and punctuality'. Meanwhile, in the Twittersphere arguments have been raging about whether or not the new trains are better than the old units
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