Peer calls for Boxing Day trains

The Argus: Peer calls for Boxing Day trains Peer calls for Boxing Day trains

Boxing Day train services should be offered for travelling Albion fans and sales shoppers, a Peer has argued.

Labour Peer Lord Bassam said it made “no sense” there were no trains on the most iconic sporting day and busiest shopping day of the year.

He called for the service to be introduced to cover the Seaford-Brighton line as a new franchise agreement is negotiated for the South East.

Lord Bassam said “The Albion’s record for encouraging fans to use sustainable transport is unparalleled.

“However for fans to use sustainable transport it must be available, and it makes no sense there are no trains on one of the most iconic sporting days in the calendar year, and one of the busiest days in our shopping centres.

“The renegotiation of the franchise agreement in the South East is an ideal opportunity to correct this anomaly.”

The Department of Transport recently announced the Southern Trains Rail Franchise in the South East would be merged with the Thameslink and Great Northern Franchise, with an agreement being drawn up and bids being submitted.

Brighton and Hove Albion has backed the call for Boxing Day services for fans and shoppers alike.

Albion executive director Martin Perry said bus and train services were “superb”– with the exception of Boxing Day.

He said: “This of course denied our fans one of the most traditional and iconic fixtures, and makes no sense to us.

“Boxing Day has always been a traditional day for football matches as well as a key date for other sports.

“We question the need to make people use their cars. We would prefer to encourage people to use sustainable transport at every opportunity and think this is one of those occasions when we should change our thinking and travel behaviour.”

The club said more than 80% of supporters usually use sustainable transport on match days.

A spokesman for the Department for Transport said: “The Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) Franchise specification includes a minimum requirement for train services on the Brighton main line for Boxing Day. This specification does not include services to the train station situated near the football stadium.

“Brighton and Hove Football Club is free to engage the successful TSGN bidder, which is expected to be announced in May 2014.”

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8:30am Mon 9 Dec 13

wander1er says...

and who is going to pay for it and what about the poor staff that would like to stay at home with their families?
What next pizza delivery and newspapers on xmas day ..
and who is going to pay for it and what about the poor staff that would like to stay at home with their families? What next pizza delivery and newspapers on xmas day .. wander1er

8:44am Mon 9 Dec 13

fredaj says...

wander1er wrote:
and who is going to pay for it and what about the poor staff that would like to stay at home with their families?
What next pizza delivery and newspapers on xmas day ..
I agree. No one should work ever over holiday periods. No one at all.

Everyone should sit at home, in the cold and the dark, staring at the walls.
[quote][p][bold]wander1er[/bold] wrote: and who is going to pay for it and what about the poor staff that would like to stay at home with their families? What next pizza delivery and newspapers on xmas day ..[/p][/quote]I agree. No one should work ever over holiday periods. No one at all. Everyone should sit at home, in the cold and the dark, staring at the walls. fredaj

8:57am Mon 9 Dec 13

All 9 of me says...

wander1er wrote:
and who is going to pay for it and what about the poor staff that would like to stay at home with their families?
What next pizza delivery and newspapers on xmas day ..
Why not, not everyones life should be dictated by the sky fairy ...
[quote][p][bold]wander1er[/bold] wrote: and who is going to pay for it and what about the poor staff that would like to stay at home with their families? What next pizza delivery and newspapers on xmas day ..[/p][/quote]Why not, not everyones life should be dictated by the sky fairy ... All 9 of me

9:15am Mon 9 Dec 13

Fight_Back says...

wander1er wrote:
and who is going to pay for it and what about the poor staff that would like to stay at home with their families?
What next pizza delivery and newspapers on xmas day ..
I hope you never go to the pub, out to a restaurant, get on a plane, stay in a hotel or nip into a corner shop on any holiday day ?
[quote][p][bold]wander1er[/bold] wrote: and who is going to pay for it and what about the poor staff that would like to stay at home with their families? What next pizza delivery and newspapers on xmas day ..[/p][/quote]I hope you never go to the pub, out to a restaurant, get on a plane, stay in a hotel or nip into a corner shop on any holiday day ? Fight_Back

9:37am Mon 9 Dec 13

Quiterie says...

fredaj wrote:
wander1er wrote:
and who is going to pay for it and what about the poor staff that would like to stay at home with their families?
What next pizza delivery and newspapers on xmas day ..
I agree. No one should work ever over holiday periods. No one at all.

Everyone should sit at home, in the cold and the dark, staring at the walls.
You've clearly been to one of my Christmas family get togethers. That's exactly what they're like!
[quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wander1er[/bold] wrote: and who is going to pay for it and what about the poor staff that would like to stay at home with their families? What next pizza delivery and newspapers on xmas day ..[/p][/quote]I agree. No one should work ever over holiday periods. No one at all. Everyone should sit at home, in the cold and the dark, staring at the walls.[/p][/quote]You've clearly been to one of my Christmas family get togethers. That's exactly what they're like! Quiterie

11:15am Mon 9 Dec 13

All 9 of me says...

just wondering why the photo is of Northern Rail rolling stock ?
just wondering why the photo is of Northern Rail rolling stock ? All 9 of me

11:18am Mon 9 Dec 13

Mr Baxter , London says...

Note to the Green Party....My trusty Car is available to take me anywhere 24/7 and 365, with air conditioned , musically entertained comfort
Note to the Green Party....My trusty Car is available to take me anywhere 24/7 and 365, with air conditioned , musically entertained comfort Mr Baxter , London

12:06pm Mon 9 Dec 13

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Shops used to be shut on 26th Dec and I think they should be encouraged to allow their poorly paid, overworked staff to continue to have more than one day off for Christmas.
Shops used to be shut on 26th Dec and I think they should be encouraged to allow their poorly paid, overworked staff to continue to have more than one day off for Christmas. getThisCoalitionOut

12:21pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Well are buses running to the Amex on Boxing day? Because no ones going to get near the place in a car that day.
Well are buses running to the Amex on Boxing day? Because no ones going to get near the place in a car that day. Telscombe Cliffy

12:52pm Mon 9 Dec 13

danielsreef says...

All 9 of me wrote:
just wondering why the photo is of Northern Rail rolling stock ?
was wondering that , until I read the bit where it mentioned the `Great Northern franchise` which will include the current Northern T
rains franchise........ pretty obscure link but then this is the Argus!!!!.......
[quote][p][bold]All 9 of me[/bold] wrote: just wondering why the photo is of Northern Rail rolling stock ?[/p][/quote]was wondering that , until I read the bit where it mentioned the `Great Northern franchise` which will include the current Northern T rains franchise........ pretty obscure link but then this is the Argus!!!!....... danielsreef

1:43pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Mr Baxter , London says...

Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
Well are buses running to the Amex on Boxing day? Because no ones going to get near the place in a car that day.
I hope not, Its an away match ! Pointless journey.

Also Buses run on boxing day as the unions are as weak as water or in most cases not even recognised. Different story on the trains.
[quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: Well are buses running to the Amex on Boxing day? Because no ones going to get near the place in a car that day.[/p][/quote]I hope not, Its an away match ! Pointless journey. Also Buses run on boxing day as the unions are as weak as water or in most cases not even recognised. Different story on the trains. Mr Baxter , London

2:31pm Mon 9 Dec 13

biker brighton says...

Mr Baxter , London wrote:
Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
Well are buses running to the Amex on Boxing day? Because no ones going to get near the place in a car that day.
I hope not, Its an away match ! Pointless journey.

Also Buses run on boxing day as the unions are as weak as water or in most cases not even recognised. Different story on the trains.
totaly agree 20 years ago i was given 2 options bus or train then wages same glad i got train as nearly double the bus drivers we have better union an no i wont work boxing day
[quote][p][bold]Mr Baxter , London[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: Well are buses running to the Amex on Boxing day? Because no ones going to get near the place in a car that day.[/p][/quote]I hope not, Its an away match ! Pointless journey. Also Buses run on boxing day as the unions are as weak as water or in most cases not even recognised. Different story on the trains.[/p][/quote]totaly agree 20 years ago i was given 2 options bus or train then wages same glad i got train as nearly double the bus drivers we have better union an no i wont work boxing day biker brighton

2:50pm Mon 9 Dec 13

One View says...

The shop managers and the football clubs and those peers who, well will probably be staying at home and not going anywhere anyway, need to do something called organisation to avoid doing things at well publicised and well deserved two days break from the grind. No other public holidays are affected. Stop being selfish!
The shop managers and the football clubs and those peers who, well will probably be staying at home and not going anywhere anyway, need to do something called organisation to avoid doing things at well publicised and well deserved two days break from the grind. No other public holidays are affected. Stop being selfish! One View

4:22pm Mon 9 Dec 13

fredaj says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Shops used to be shut on 26th Dec and I think they should be encouraged to allow their poorly paid, overworked staff to continue to have more than one day off for Christmas.
Train drivers however, are neither poorly paid or over worked.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: Shops used to be shut on 26th Dec and I think they should be encouraged to allow their poorly paid, overworked staff to continue to have more than one day off for Christmas.[/p][/quote]Train drivers however, are neither poorly paid or over worked. fredaj

6:57pm Mon 9 Dec 13

jackthekipper says...

makes no sense to have limited services in this country,so many of the population are foreign with entirely different traditions and beliefs,i bet the trains run in birmingham or bradford on christmas day and boxing day.
also a lot of single people with no family dont 'celebrate'and have to stay in for the duration.there should be a choice.
makes no sense to have limited services in this country,so many of the population are foreign with entirely different traditions and beliefs,i bet the trains run in birmingham or bradford on christmas day and boxing day. also a lot of single people with no family dont 'celebrate'and have to stay in for the duration.there should be a choice. jackthekipper

8:28am Tue 10 Dec 13

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Mr Baxter , London wrote:
Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
Well are buses running to the Amex on Boxing day? Because no ones going to get near the place in a car that day.
I hope not, Its an away match ! Pointless journey.

Also Buses run on boxing day as the unions are as weak as water or in most cases not even recognised. Different story on the trains.
Oops sorry, confused it with New years day!
[quote][p][bold]Mr Baxter , London[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: Well are buses running to the Amex on Boxing day? Because no ones going to get near the place in a car that day.[/p][/quote]I hope not, Its an away match ! Pointless journey. Also Buses run on boxing day as the unions are as weak as water or in most cases not even recognised. Different story on the trains.[/p][/quote]Oops sorry, confused it with New years day! Telscombe Cliffy

5:14pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Sussex jim says...

"Sustainable" transport? Buses running on diesel, and electric trains powered by coal-fired power stations? Four people in a car probably make no more impact on the environment.
"Sustainable" transport? Buses running on diesel, and electric trains powered by coal-fired power stations? Four people in a car probably make no more impact on the environment. Sussex jim

9:53pm Tue 10 Dec 13

ghost bus driver says...

Boxing Day is voluntary on the buses. if no drivers volunteered then there would be no service. It's double time plus a lieu day this year so no, I won't be doing it. I won't do it for less than triple time.as I want to spend the day with my wife and family not with the general population of Brighton.
Boxing Day is voluntary on the buses. if no drivers volunteered then there would be no service. It's double time plus a lieu day this year so no, I won't be doing it. I won't do it for less than triple time.as I want to spend the day with my wife and family not with the general population of Brighton. ghost bus driver

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