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Commuter services in line for multimillion pound investment

The Argus: Commuter services in line for multimillion pound investment Commuter services in line for multimillion pound investment

TRAIN services may be in line for a multimillion pound investment in free Wi-fi.

The commuter route from Brighton to London is highlighted as a candidate for the programme which would see £90 million spent nationwide on providing fast and free internet access.

Part of the cost will be drawn from a multimillion-pound fine imposed on Network Rail for missing punctuality targets.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "We all know how frustrating it can be to have our phone calls and internet use constantly disrupted by poor signal while travelling on trains.

"At the moment it happens too often. Passengers expect and deserve better and with these plans, that is what they'll get."

The RMT union criticised the plans saying the money will come at the expense of maintenance and renewal budgets.

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4:55pm Sun 6 Jul 14

rolivan says...

Is this so that when customers get stuck on trains because of broken down signals they can do their work on the Train . How about getting the Trains and Tracks up to scratch first and then worry about things like wifi.
Is this so that when customers get stuck on trains because of broken down signals they can do their work on the Train . How about getting the Trains and Tracks up to scratch first and then worry about things like wifi. rolivan
  • Score: 17

5:08pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Zeta Function says...

How about we re-nationalise.

Get Britain back on track.
How about we re-nationalise. Get Britain back on track. Zeta Function
  • Score: 7

6:37pm Sun 6 Jul 14

John Steed says...

how about more seats on trains, not easy to use a note book standing up and resting it on the back of the next sardine
how about more seats on trains, not easy to use a note book standing up and resting it on the back of the next sardine John Steed
  • Score: 11

6:38pm Sun 6 Jul 14

fredaj says...

Zeta Function wrote:
How about we re-nationalise.

Get Britain back on track.
Yes! Let's go back to the success of the 1970's!

Oh, hand on a minute.......
[quote][p][bold]Zeta Function[/bold] wrote: How about we re-nationalise. Get Britain back on track.[/p][/quote]Yes! Let's go back to the success of the 1970's! Oh, hand on a minute....... fredaj
  • Score: 1

6:40pm Sun 6 Jul 14

fredaj says...

rolivan wrote:
Is this so that when customers get stuck on trains because of broken down signals they can do their work on the Train . How about getting the Trains and Tracks up to scratch first and then worry about things like wifi.
Billions is currently being spent by Network Rail, doing maintenance and installing new equipment after years of neglect.

The cost of this is trivial.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: Is this so that when customers get stuck on trains because of broken down signals they can do their work on the Train . How about getting the Trains and Tracks up to scratch first and then worry about things like wifi.[/p][/quote]Billions is currently being spent by Network Rail, doing maintenance and installing new equipment after years of neglect. The cost of this is trivial. fredaj
  • Score: -1

7:17pm Sun 6 Jul 14

ghost bus driver says...

fredaj wrote:
Zeta Function wrote:
How about we re-nationalise.

Get Britain back on track.
Yes! Let's go back to the success of the 1970's!

Oh, hand on a minute.......
BR was far from perfect. It was STILL better than the mess we have at the moment. At least you knew who owned the tracks and provided the staff. These days it could be anyone. Remember Hatfield? Potters Bar? Grayrigg? caused by incompetent private contractors who then tried to shift the blame.
[quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zeta Function[/bold] wrote: How about we re-nationalise. Get Britain back on track.[/p][/quote]Yes! Let's go back to the success of the 1970's! Oh, hand on a minute.......[/p][/quote]BR was far from perfect. It was STILL better than the mess we have at the moment. At least you knew who owned the tracks and provided the staff. These days it could be anyone. Remember Hatfield? Potters Bar? Grayrigg? caused by incompetent private contractors who then tried to shift the blame. ghost bus driver
  • Score: 0

8:36pm Sun 6 Jul 14

john newman says...

Absolutely agree with earlier post. Get the trains working first! Sussex needs better railways. Cleaner , more regular with new branch lines AND another main line to London
Absolutely agree with earlier post. Get the trains working first! Sussex needs better railways. Cleaner , more regular with new branch lines AND another main line to London john newman
  • Score: 9

10:03pm Sun 6 Jul 14

rolivan says...

fredaj wrote:
rolivan wrote:
Is this so that when customers get stuck on trains because of broken down signals they can do their work on the Train . How about getting the Trains and Tracks up to scratch first and then worry about things like wifi.
Billions is currently being spent by Network Rail, doing maintenance and installing new equipment after years of neglect.

The cost of this is trivial.
I hope you mean by comparison .
[quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: Is this so that when customers get stuck on trains because of broken down signals they can do their work on the Train . How about getting the Trains and Tracks up to scratch first and then worry about things like wifi.[/p][/quote]Billions is currently being spent by Network Rail, doing maintenance and installing new equipment after years of neglect. The cost of this is trivial.[/p][/quote]I hope you mean by comparison . rolivan
  • Score: 3

8:04am Mon 7 Jul 14

Mart says...

You know that anything the RMT are against ,as a matter of principle, just has to be the right thing to do.

Carry on!
You know that anything the RMT are against ,as a matter of principle, just has to be the right thing to do. Carry on! Mart
  • Score: 0

9:22am Mon 7 Jul 14

DC Brighton says...

ghost bus driver wrote:
fredaj wrote:
Zeta Function wrote:
How about we re-nationalise.

Get Britain back on track.
Yes! Let's go back to the success of the 1970's!

Oh, hand on a minute.......
BR was far from perfect. It was STILL better than the mess we have at the moment. At least you knew who owned the tracks and provided the staff. These days it could be anyone. Remember Hatfield? Potters Bar? Grayrigg? caused by incompetent private contractors who then tried to shift the blame.
Are you crazy? I have commuted to London on the Brighton line since the 80s and I can assure that what we have now is light and day better than at any time since then, particularly when BR was "responsible" for providing the services.

I agree that it can be difficult to know who is in charge of what, but the actual trains and service are incomparable.
[quote][p][bold]ghost bus driver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zeta Function[/bold] wrote: How about we re-nationalise. Get Britain back on track.[/p][/quote]Yes! Let's go back to the success of the 1970's! Oh, hand on a minute.......[/p][/quote]BR was far from perfect. It was STILL better than the mess we have at the moment. At least you knew who owned the tracks and provided the staff. These days it could be anyone. Remember Hatfield? Potters Bar? Grayrigg? caused by incompetent private contractors who then tried to shift the blame.[/p][/quote]Are you crazy? I have commuted to London on the Brighton line since the 80s and I can assure that what we have now is light and day better than at any time since then, particularly when BR was "responsible" for providing the services. I agree that it can be difficult to know who is in charge of what, but the actual trains and service are incomparable. DC Brighton
  • Score: 4

10:03am Mon 7 Jul 14

Joshiman says...

rolivan wrote:
fredaj wrote:
rolivan wrote:
Is this so that when customers get stuck on trains because of broken down signals they can do their work on the Train . How about getting the Trains and Tracks up to scratch first and then worry about things like wifi.
Billions is currently being spent by Network Rail, doing maintenance and installing new equipment after years of neglect.

The cost of this is trivial.
I hope you mean by comparison .
Trains n Tracks up to date please.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: Is this so that when customers get stuck on trains because of broken down signals they can do their work on the Train . How about getting the Trains and Tracks up to scratch first and then worry about things like wifi.[/p][/quote]Billions is currently being spent by Network Rail, doing maintenance and installing new equipment after years of neglect. The cost of this is trivial.[/p][/quote]I hope you mean by comparison .[/p][/quote]Trains n Tracks up to date please. Joshiman
  • Score: 0
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