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BPJ Thu 20-Sep-18 13:18:09

AIBU to complain about people bringing bicycles onto a overcrowded rush hour train that has only one carriage?
Must be a health and safety issue. Our local train service provides one coach in rush hour and two in off peak... Go figure

Barmeyoldbat Sat 22-Sep-18 17:56:46

I take my bike onto trains and they are allowed into carriages. They use the space that is for wheelchairs and should, as once happened to myself an three others cyclist three wheelchairs got on at a station so we were all moved around in the carriages. I don't think they are anymore of of a h&s risk than some of the buggies, especially twin buggies, that are carried on the trains. You should moan at the train operatives to put on more carriages not the people who use them.

crystaltipps Sat 22-Sep-18 17:59:14

Agree government train policy is a complete mess. Surely they should put on more carriages at peak times to accommodate bikes.

Annie29 Sat 22-Sep-18 23:04:52

My pet hate on trains is workmen in clothes that are obviously dirty,,and then people in smart clothes sitting on the seat after them.

MiniMoon Sun 23-Sep-18 00:10:19

I agree with you bob. Not long ago DH and I were in the train on a Saturday. A football match was on, also a popular girl band were playing. Only a two carriage sprinter train, so consequently it was packed. DH and I had to stand for the entire journey of just over an hour.
This of course was Northern Rail!😤

M0nica Sun 23-Sep-18 08:40:35

It is railway operating companies, not the government, that decides on train length and how many bike places there are.

The companies want to maximise profits, inevitable when you have a franchise with a fixed length, so that will be their main aim. They only improve passenger standards when it pays them to do so.

blueskies Sun 23-Sep-18 15:42:15

When the Labour Party gets into government the railways will be taken back into public ownership and their purpose will be to serve the public. Roll on.

BPJ Mon 24-Sep-18 18:52:15

That certainly got folks talking.. Did you read last week that the rail companies will not lower prices on overcrowded trains because it would make them even more overcrowded

Jane10 Mon 24-Sep-18 20:05:55

The nationalised railways were appalling blueskies. Don't you remember what a disaster they were?

M0nica Mon 24-Sep-18 20:22:28

There was nothing wrong with the nationalised railways that couldn't have been put right if the government had invested the money into running then well and modernising them that they have invested into the network since it was privatised.

Jane10 Mon 24-Sep-18 20:50:31

It went beyond money to attitudes of people supposed to be working on them. The general level of inertia and that any problem was always someone else's fault was endemic.

Beau Mon 24-Sep-18 21:46:28

Completely agree Jane10 - Virgin West Coast are like paradise compared to the dirty old nationalised railway - many more people use them now so that speaks for itself.
Thank goodness the likelihood of a Labour government gets less as each day dawns so the nightmare of nationalisation will hopefully never happen 🤗
Bikes are banned on the London Underground at certain times and on certain lines and rightly so imo.

CocoPops Wed 26-Sep-18 19:08:47

It is unreasonable to complain about people travelling with bikes. Cycling is one of the cleanest and most energy efficient forms of transportation. Your issue is with the train company who should be helping people to make sustainable travel choices