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« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2020, 06:18:10 pm »

I emailed CrossCountry about this a while ago and got a shirty response back saying they would only do what the franchise agreement requires.  The voyagers are so poor, dirty, smell, noisy and rattling constantly.
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« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2020, 06:38:38 pm »

I emailed CrossCountry about this a while ago and got a shirty response back saying they would only do what the franchise agreement requires.  The voyagers are so poor, dirty, smell, noisy and rattling constantly.
They are on a very short direct award, which finishes later this year, so unless the DfT pays for it, they aren't going to do anything.  Indeed, with the franchise now being on emergency arrangements until it ends, XC doesn't even have any say so, as far as I understand it, to do any such work.
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« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2020, 12:41:22 am »

I emailed CrossCountry about this a while ago and got a shirty response back saying they would only do what the franchise agreement requires.  The voyagers are so poor, dirty, smell, noisy and rattling constantly.
They are on a very short direct award, which finishes later this year, so unless the DfT pays for it, they aren't going to do anything.  Indeed, with the franchise now being on emergency arrangements until it ends, XC doesn't even have any say so, as far as I understand it, to do any such work.

I sent the email back in 2014  Cheesy Hence why I said a while ago. Wink
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« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2020, 05:00:38 am »

I emailed CrossCountry about this a while ago and got a shirty response back saying they would only do what the franchise agreement requires.  The voyagers are so poor, dirty, smell, noisy and rattling constantly.
They are on a very short direct award, which finishes later this year, so unless the DfT pays for it, they aren't going to do anything.  Indeed, with the franchise now being on emergency arrangements until it ends, XC doesn't even have any say so, as far as I understand it, to do any such work.

I sent the email back in 2014  Cheesy Hence why I said a while ago. Wink

Hey - you used current tense saying the voyagers are ... suggesting your correspondence was much more of a current issue than it's turned out to be, and on a recent (less than 6 month old) thread.

It's all too easy to be accidentally misleading in posting, but if it happens, please take the clarification in good grace rather than snapping back at people ... thanks!
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« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2020, 06:30:29 am »

This is my two peneth.

Would prefer the interiors to get some attention than something(the train) that goes past in a flash saying I am the new TOC.

We sit in the train for much longer and can see (and smell)all the negative things about the interiors.
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« Reply #20 on: June 05, 2020, 12:51:59 pm »

IMHO the Voyager interior looked old the day the trains entered service.  Looked a generally dated ambience, table tops are very old-fashioned looking, and the ceiling panels seem a dirty shade of beige, likened to tobacco staining... 

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« Reply #21 on: June 05, 2020, 12:58:17 pm »

IMHO the Voyager interior looked old the day the trains entered service.  Looked a generally dated ambience, table tops are very old-fashioned looking, and the ceiling panels seem a dirty shade of beige, likened to tobacco staining... 

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Agree completely, especially the tobacco staining likeness. I doubt younger members will remember the joys of the top deck of a bus where the ceiling appeared lined with nicotine.
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« Reply #22 on: June 05, 2020, 07:24:27 pm »


Hey - you used current tense saying the voyagers are ... suggesting your correspondence was much more of a current issue than it's turned out to be, and on a recent (less than 6 month old) thread.

It's all too easy to be accidentally misleading in posting, but if it happens, please take the clarification in good grace rather than snapping back at people ... thanks!

Grahame I did not 'snap back' at anyone so please do not accuse me of something i didn't do, if it looked or sounded like that I apologise.  However, I find it interested following our email discussion recently that the item I raised with you was brushed off, yet something harmless leads me to get a telling off, double standards?  Let's say no more. Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: June 05, 2020, 08:42:08 pm »

Grahame I did not 'snap back' at anyone so please do not accuse me of something i didn't do, if it looked or sounded like that I apologise.  However, I find it interested following our email discussion recently that the item I raised with you was brushed off, yet something harmless leads me to get a telling off, double standards?  Let's say no more. Cheesy Cheesy

You came across to me as snapping, I'm afraid - and it wasn't the first time either, which is why I mentioned it somewhat more directly this time.  I note that a number of members liked my comment,  I'm sure we're all relieved you didn't intent it to look the way it did - thank you.

The moderator team took a look your 'notify' complaint the other day about a post from another member, and I wrote you a considered response.  That system works by email, allowing a quick response to issues by whoever's around on the team.  I'm afraid we couldn't agree with your complaint, and I wrote to explain why (and not sidestep) in some detail, taking some time going into our reasoning.  I had wondered if my reply had actually reached you but clearly, as you have now referred to it, it did. With the question answered, we've all moved on.

Back to topic, Cross Country has always been a franchise that has neither any London services, nor been the dominant operator in any region, and as such has been one of the least cherised or community supported. As it, uniquely, does not operate a single station, it has zero local base.
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« Reply #24 on: June 05, 2020, 09:25:33 pm »

Cross country has in my opinion, has huge potential, with a 800 type bi mode train, say 7 coaches, running pretty much the present network, with perhaps some better service to the south east, say Brighton and possibly Margate. Could clean up quite nicly, operation princess take 2.
I live near Brockenhurst, that XC serve, and while I am not keen on the voyagers, allway seemed to be packed north of Winchester, and it only takes one bad journey to put average public off. I have plenty of places on the route I do wish to visit between Reading and Wolverhampton, but not on a hot packed 4 coach voyager, even if I was seated.
If it was say a MK 3 set ex LNER with a Class 88 on one end now I might reconsider, even with an old sock over my face.
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« Reply #25 on: June 06, 2020, 10:22:55 am »

A long journey on a cramped Voyager is an endurance, particularly if they are overcrowded, as is too often the case.  I am sure that more people would be attracted to the type of journey that would present a modal shift from air if the passenger environment was more conducive to a journey of several hours. Fares would have to be cheaper too, but that second point is probably a digression.

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« Reply #26 on: September 16, 2020, 09:36:26 pm »

A long journey on a cramped Voyager is an endurance, particularly if they are overcrowded, as is too often the case.  I am sure that more people would be attracted to the type of journey that would present a modal shift from air if the passenger environment was more conducive to a journey of several hours. Fares would have to be cheaper too, but that second point is probably a digression.



You would need more than passenger comfort to improve things, as you say cheaper fares is one way but most people who use XC are either commuters or business workers, the later don't want to spent hour on a train from Plymouth to Newcastle when they can drive to Exeter, fly to Newcastle and be back before the kids go to bed. XC is never going to match what most people want which is speed which is probably why it has been struggling to make any decent profit in years.
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« Reply #27 on: September 16, 2020, 11:00:09 pm »

A long journey on a cramped Voyager is an endurance, particularly if they are overcrowded, as is too often the case.  I am sure that more people would be attracted to the type of journey that would present a modal shift from air if the passenger environment was more conducive to a journey of several hours. Fares would have to be cheaper too, but that second point is probably a digression.



You would need more than passenger comfort to improve things, as you say cheaper fares is one way but most people who use XC are either commuters or business workers, the later don't want to spent hour on a train from Plymouth to Newcastle when they can drive to Exeter, fly to Newcastle and be back before the kids go to bed. XC is never going to match what most people want which is speed which is probably why it has been struggling to make any decent profit in years.
I agree re business passengers in terms of journeys taking more than 4 hours.

However, I notice a tendency to resurrect old threads, such as this one, where nothing has been posted for a few months, and I'm not sure of the merits of reopening a discussion on threads which appeared to have drawn to a natural conclusion, unless of course there has been some new information that would trigger it.   
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« Reply #28 on: September 16, 2020, 11:43:57 pm »

I prefer the revival of old threads to the starting of a new thread on the same or a very similar subject.
Keeps the discussion in one place.

If I have something to say, I search for an existing thread to which my comments could be added, rather than start a new one.

A good example being my recent comment on surfboards not being allowed on IETS. In the news recently, and worth adding to an existing thread IMO, but not worth starting a new thread.
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A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #29 on: September 17, 2020, 12:19:00 am »

You would need more than passenger comfort to improve things, as you say cheaper fares is one way but most people who use XC are either commuters or business workers
Historically CrossCountry was the franchise with the greatest proportion of leisure travel. I don't know if this is still the case but I could believe it.
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