Just how bad is Northern at running trains?

A train from Preston pulling into Ormskirk Station.

Well, have a look at this chart which I gained from OPSTA (Ormskirk, Preston & Southport Travellers Assn). It shows performance on the Ormskirk – Preston Line:-

Please click on the chart to enlarge it.

This is shocking performance in anyone’s book surely. People’s jobs, livelihoods, medical appointments, schooling etc. etc. are all at risk by such appalling performance. And more to the point what on earth is the Dept. of Transport doing about this state of affairs?

Oh and as an aside, my fellow blogger Phil Holden has just posted this about train performance in Wales. It seems Northern have a rival for crap railway franchisee of the year award:-(((

phlhldn.blogspot.com/2018/11/what-way-to-run-railway.html

One thing that Phil hints at is that the franchise operators need virtually all their rolling stock to be available to run a normal timetable. To me, the lack of spare units is a key issue here when services need enhancing or when major repair work is required on more than 1 or 2 units at a time. Running on the absolute minimum number of units is asking for trouble don’t you think?

Brexit – That very sticky Irish border problem

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/11/hard-brexiteers-brexit-northern-ireland-border

The Guardian has the article on its web site – see link above

I just know the mention of Polly Toynbee will set my old chum Phil off. Yes I know Phil, she can often be all heart and little head so to speak.

Seriously, this article has a very clear point. To me Brexit pushes a united Ireland closer and that can only be a good thing – a good thing from Brexit? Well maybe, just maybe if civil war does not break out in that island first of course. Funny how the muddled thinking of the rich and powerful Brexit conspirators, aided and abetted by Labour’s JC Leadership of course, may well lead to the law of unintended consequences kicking in.

Having said that hard Brexiters want a result at any cost – bugger the economy, let jobs be lost, put the Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement at great risk, break up the United Kingdom – they are all on their couldn’t care less agenda as they squeeze TM and JC in their vice like grip.

Brexit is the greatest act of self-harm the UK has brought on itself in living memory.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.

Liverpool Record Office – The Everton Collection

This may well interest those of you with a thirst for knowledge about the blue half of Liverpool.

The leaflet was picked up by Sheila at Liverpool Central Library for Phil Holden, a die-hard Blues chum of ours but I thought it worthy of wider circulation. So here it is:-

Click on the scanned pages above to be able to read them.

My shot of Goodison Park from a high vantage point in Bootle.

Bill Bryson & Phil Holden on the UK honours system

phlhldn.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/im-honoured-bill-bryson-agrees-with-me.html

Phil Holden has the story on his blog site – see link above

Phil’s a mate of mine and Bill Bryson my favourite author. Phil had previously posted about the honours system in the UK and how undeserving rich footballers etc. get awards inappropriately.

He then comes across Bill’s excellent recent book ‘The Road to Little Dribbling’ where we are teased by Bryson about how we give out honours. Bill goes on to say how it works in the USA as well.

Both Phil’s blog and Bill Bryson’s works are well worth reading.