Commuters speak out
about overcrowding in the North of England
PASSENGERS commuting to cities in the
north of England have spoken out about their overcrowded peak-hour
trains in the National Passenger Survey (NPS) published on 26
The independent passenger watchdog’s latest research has revealed
only two out of five passengers travelling to Manchester Oxford Road
are satisfied with room on the train. Scores plummeted to 28%
satisfaction for the journey home.
Passenger Focus’s NPS has found that satisfaction with room to sit
or stand for morning commuters travelling into Manchester, Leeds and
Liverpool Lime Street is significantly worse than the national
average. In the afternoon, it is passengers travelling from
Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield who are least satisfied.
Ashwin Kumar, Passenger Focus rail director, said:-
“Passengers are seriously dissatisfied with
overcrowding into and out of our major cities in the north of
England. Anybody who has to commute into these cities knows how bad
many of these services can be. Only a few extra carriages would go
a long way to alleviating the problem.”
Commenting on the fact that
overcrowding statistics are only published for train companies
operating in London and the South East, he added:-
“In these times of spending restraint, it is
absolutely critical that there is transparency about the problem.
We need to know where and when the problem is most severe so we can
be sure that additional carriages are going where they are most
needed. So we welcome the government’s commitment to introduce a
national measure of overcrowding.”
(7.00 to 09.59)
Liverpool Lime Street
Manchester Oxford Road
National (Autumn 2010 overall
results cover the last four waves of the National Passenger Survey
Focus’ latest National Passenger Survey results are available from:-
- Nearly 31,000
passengers were surveyed in the Autumn 2010 wave of the National
Passenger Survey. Two waves (Spring and Autumn) are conducted each
- The National
Passenger Survey provides a network-wide picture of passengers’
satisfaction with rail travel. Passenger opinions of train services
are collected twice a year from a representative sample of passenger
overall satisfaction and satisfaction with 30 specific aspects of
service can therefore be compared over time. A new question looking
at overall satisfaction with the station was also added to the
questionnaire in Autumn 2010.
- Ratings for each
individual Train Operating Company are available, as well as ratings
for each sector, i.e. London and the South East, long distance and
- The Autumn 2010
survey took place between 2 September and 26 November 2010.
City pays tribute to Holocaust victims
unite this week to remember those who suffered at the hands of the
Two special events will take place on Thursday, 27 January 2011,
which marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Hazel Williams, will join
the leader of the council, Councillor Joe Anderson, leader of the
opposition, Councillor Warren Bradley and Senior Rabbi for the
Merseyside Jewish community M L Cofnas at a wreath laying ceremony
in St John’s Gardens, in memory of all those who lost their lives
during the Holocaust and other acts of genocide.
The group will then move on to the Town Hall where pupils from King
David High School will sing as 250 guests light candles as a tribute
to all those who suffered.
During her speech to the congregation, the Lord Mayor will pay
tribute to Eric Strach – a Holocaust survivor who lived in the city
and recently passed away.
Councillor Williams said:- “Holocaust Memorial Day is an
extremely important event and as a city we vow to always remember
those who suffered and died during this atrocity and other acts of
genocide. It’s essential we do as much as we can to make sure future
generations never forget what happened, and this day gives us the
opportunity to promote understanding and awareness of this dark time
in our history. Both events will be extremely poignant and it’s
important we bring together people of all faiths and ages to learn
the lessons of history.”
The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Untold Stories’
and following prayers and a minute silence, a special presentation
will take place which will involve Gosia McKane from Merseyside
Polonia who will tell untold Holocaust stories from Poland and
pupils from the Enterprise Academy School will give a presentation
on their recent visit to Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam.
The Town Hall service will acknowledge all victims of Nazi
persecution as well as other more recent Genocides in Rwanda, Bosnia
and Darfur. Members of local communities will be present including
Philomene Uwamaliya, a survivor from Rwanda.
The event marks the 66th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi
extermination camp, Auschwitz.
Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest Nazi killing camp, where
approximately 1.1 million men, women and children were murdered.
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