Don’t split key EMT train
With the upcoming new East Midlands franchise, it is reported that there will be a survey of all the options regarding services and how they can be improved.
One option that keeps being touted is to split the LiverpoolNorwich service into two at Nottingham. This would entail a change for passengers and, in my experience, would be anything but an improvement.
One wonders why such a retrograde step could even be considered. Imagine the hassle for elderly people and those with luggage having to get off and on again, possibly changing platforms.
And all because of what? What is the reasoning? Is it for the convenience of the unions or the staff? It is not for the convenience of the passengers.
Would anyone tolerate such a change on a CrossCountry service from (say) Bristol to York, changing trains midway?
If you book a seat for a long distance you want to enjoy a stress-free journey. I have an acquaintance who is aged 82, and who is very frail and unable to move quickly. We have been on EMT’s wonderful, fast, hassle-free and on-time services all the way to Norwich and Nottingham - but what then? We could be shunted into a siding, miss the connection