For those of you who are not fans of the Stansted Express, you’ll be happy to learn that last week saw the first of 30 four-car shiny new Stansted Express trains unveiled. Read the full article here.
The Folding Bike Ammendment
16th October 2010 saw a re-think on the British train ban for folding bikes. 20in wheels will no longer be banned and the limit has now been reduced to 90cm x 70cm x 30cm. Anything bigger may need a ticket for it which could cost up to half a fare.
When I spoke to Wendy Johnston of Sustrans she said, “Sustrans is absolutely behind integrated travel – making it easier for people to do the whole of their journey more sustainably…
Of course, the aim of folding bikes is to make it easier and more convenient for people to cycle to and from the train station at either end of their train journey, rather than taking their cars, which should really be encouraged.”
Read bikeradar.com’s article on the ‘U-Turn’ here.
Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the Hatfield rail crash.
Survivors attended a remembrance service at the local church with a period of silence at 1223 – the exact moment of the crash.
Four passengers were killed when an express train from London to Leeds derailed in 2000.
The BBC quoted Rail Minister Theresa Villiers:
“The impact of the tragedy at Hatfield still resonates today and my thoughts are with the friends and relatives of those killed and injured as they mark the 10th anniversary.”
She added that, “Rail travel has never been safer than it is today.”
Okay I know I’m too old for trick or treating and I probably couldn’t pass for a young witch BUT I’m very excited to have the following options available this Halloween.
The Great Central Railway Halloween Ghost Trains
The Great Central Railway is running Halloween Ghost Trains. There’s even the chance to meet real owls. The trains run on 31st October at 6pm and 7.30pm
Loughborough (National Rail) station, is served by East Midlands Trains. It’s a 15 minute walk from there to the Great
Central Railway (see map
below) There’s a taxi rank at the National Rail station and the ticket office staff can book a return taxi if needs be.
Enquires and booking: 01509 230726 01509 230726
Book tickets to Loughborough on quno.com
Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line
It’s Halloween all half term week at the Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line…
From London Waterloo it’s an hour ride to Alton for less than a tenner. From there you can walk over the bridge to platform three where one of the many volunteers who keep the Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line alive will be.
There will be a magic shows and dressing up (adults allowed too) and a bring-your-own pumpkin competition. There’s a witches lair and miniature ghost train… a lucky dip, spell writing and colouring-in competitions as well as the opportunity to hold an owl!
Enquires and booking: book online or call: 01962 733810