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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Plans to install Oyster pay-as-you-go facilities on some of Haringey's overground trains have been put on hold.

Train operator First Capital Connect had previously said customers would be able to "touch in" with their electronic cards at the stations from September.

But this has now been delayed until January 2010.

See the full story in the Haringey Independent.

Tags for Forum Posts: Oyster pay-as-you-go, barking to gospel oak line, overground, oyster, public transport, tfl, trains, transport

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Which answers a question I've been asking.
Its installed on the Gospel Oak to Barking line. Used my card last week to go to Gospel Oak.
I think that's now state-run again isn't it. Perhaps that's why.
Ah yes of course, I forgot, its now run by TFL.
(Remind me of the benefits of a private rail company again?)
What a ridiculous notion! Using tax payer funds to run a public transport system on time and safely! Surely it must be better to privatise and run at a meagre profit after paying exorbitant executive salaries.
I agree with Adrian
why should we put up with a not-for-profit railway system that panders to the customers. It makes my blood boil when i think how efficient and sensible things are.
Down with things such as this !
(only joking)
You're not a passenger, you're a "customer"!

Never a fan of rail privatisation, for me one of the lowest points was watching on TV a former Transport Minister in the wake of the 2002 Potters Bar tragedy, going into bat on behalf of the "engineering" company, Jarvis.

Steven Norris, then Chair of that company and who should have known better, seriously and desperately tried to suggest sabotage as the cause of the derailment that killed seven, seriously injured 11 and injured 70.

One of the ways that the track maintenance saved cash and compromised safety was over railway switching points. These normally have I think three connecting bars between the rails on each side.

Despite Britain's long experience with the development of railways, an accountant decided that, given the number of railway points over the country, a third of the cost of all points maintenance could be saved, if you did away with the supposedly unnecessary middle bar.

The upshot was, that a failure of single pivot of this trapezoid shape (possibly just a single bolt) meant that the whole contraption became lethal. There would be no time to pick up the fault by routine maintenance and it would threaten the lives of the passengers on the next train passing at speed.

I believe this reckless policy has been abandoned, but it illustrates what happens when you get corner-cutters into an industry that involves heavy weight, high speed and large numbers of the public and where safety should be #1.



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