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« on: May 20, 2020, 09:26:17 pm »

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Quietly, outside of the public gaze, a revolution has started on Britain’s railways. On March 23, COVID-19 destroyed the railway industry as it had existed for the past 25 years. As concerns about virus transmission grew, passenger numbers reduced by 80% before the official lockdown even began. The private companies running train services were broke and the UK government took control, effectively bringing an end to the failed franchise model. As our research has shown, services have to be capable to survive – even in the best of times.

Many organisations, such as the Railway Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) stated that COVID-19 was a temporary blip to the ongoing success of the railways. But more economically informed parts of the transport industry know that this is not the case. Even the chief executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines, believes the UK is “at a time of industry change”.

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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2020, 10:12:49 pm »

Cloud Cuckoo land time again.....

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Other innovations required by the strategy include trains running when they were needed, rather than to a fixed timetable, to help ensure passengers had the least crowded trains possible. This is a world where the customer – rather than operational convenience – is at the heart of the rail transport strategy.
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2020, 10:31:46 pm »

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Other innovations required by the strategy include trains running when they were needed, rather than to a fixed timetable, to help ensure passengers had the least crowded trains possible. This is a world where the customer – rather than operational convenience – is at the heart of the rail transport strategy.

I do recall that system being used on a railway I once travelled on in the past - with modifications.  "Trains will leave every 30 minutes if there are 25 passengers or more.  I personally found a 30 minute wait a little frustrating, and of course it would have all sorts of issues if there were significant pickups along the way or trips starting at the other end rather that just out and back returns.   Oh - the departure "only if well loaded" was from Llanbeirs, and it came across a being more for operational - or is that financial - convenience rather than for the customer.
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