Don’t split key EMT train

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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

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