Thursday, 20 January 2011

70's remix with Pans People

This from the Mad Hatter...

Pans People at work...

Pans People not at work...


Exciting New Eye Competition - Shape our Future!

Telegrammed by Biggles
Time for an exciting New Eye Competition!

Using your skill and judgment please categorise these three photos accordingly:

1. A pointless obstruction

2. Another pointless obstruction

3. A national asset

Photo one:

Photo two:

Photo three:

The prize, for the right answer, is a brand new passenger focused railway!

Pointless signs - Hatfield

This from The Yokel...

Would these pictures from Hatfield (Herts) qualify as Pointless Sign entries?

The bridge is the only way onto and off the island platform that serves both fast and slow Down lines.

If we cannot pass the sign, then it is pointless having Down trains stop at Hatfield (except to pick up passengers from the previous train who have realised that they cannot leave the station).

With the slightly darker mood occasioned by the news that the BTP intends to award itself the authority to shoot passengers, perhaps all those pictured breaching railway bylaws should be dealt with 'Met stylee'?

BTP to turn railways into Wild West

Good news for those concerned about fare evasion!

This from Sky News...

Sky News has learned that the growing threat of terrorism has prompted British Transport Police to draw up plans for its own firearms division.

Brazilian passengers may wish to travel by coach in future.

Rail privatisation failed - Official

Telegrammed by Leo Pink
The Government's response to the Franchising Consultation appears to mark a clean break with the policies of the discredited Major, Blair and Brown years.

Or so it would appear from this:

  • A significant part of revenue growth that has occurred on past franchises has been due to macroeconomic growth rather than solely a result of good management on the part of the operator.
Quite a startling piece of revisionism that.

And then there is this:
  • Demand growth is largely outside an operator’s control.
Presumably demand shrink too, so National Express East Coast was a hapless victim of economic forces?

And best of all this:
  • The devolution of rail services in Merseyside and London has had an extremely positive effect on patronage.
So state control beats market forces!

Should we read this as an apology from Petrol-head and his Marsham Street minions?