Not acceptable

Not acceptable

Not acceptable

First published in Letters by

WITH regards Mrs Chapman’s problems at Thirsk station; there is wheelchair access across the lines.

However, as was pointed out to me – only just with a veneer of politeness – this was not for cyclists; with or without shoulder problems.

By the time I had found someone to help me down the steps I had missed the Grand Central train and had to pay £7 on Trans-pennine instead of £2.50.

Having discovered through The Press a fellow victim, I will write to the Cyclists’ Touring Club; they have a fair amount of clout.

Who is the MP for Thirsk? That can be an alternative – or addition.

The situation is not acceptable, but reflects the train operators’ take it or leave it policy.

Not interested in carrying bikes; their refusal to accept more than two during the Tour is just typical. The German Rail Co would have a complete coach for bikes to hand, but oh no, not here.

G Brian Ledger, Horseman Close, Copmanthorpe, York.

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9:20pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

"Not interested in carrying bikes; their refusal to accept more than two during the Tour is just typical. The German Rail Co would have a complete coach for bikes to hand, but oh no, not here."

That's because the Germans still have a mostly state run service by Deutsche Bahn, the equivalent of British Rail which people used to moan about.
In this country the railways are no longer a service but a profit making business.
"Not interested in carrying bikes; their refusal to accept more than two during the Tour is just typical. The German Rail Co would have a complete coach for bikes to hand, but oh no, not here." That's because the Germans still have a mostly state run service by Deutsche Bahn, the equivalent of British Rail which people used to moan about. In this country the railways are no longer a service but a profit making business. Pinza-C55
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4:07am Wed 2 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

Yep... in this country, if the space isn't for bums on seats, then it is seen as wasted space... The Transpennine electric trains between Manchester Airport and Scotland have NO luggage racks in coach B at all - guess where the big airport bags go? right in the bay specifically for bicycles.

Then we have the Crosscountry trains, with their absolutely ridiculous vertical hanging system... one cupboard states "space for two bicycles" - but I can't even get ONE bike to hang in there properly without the handlebars standing out proud or getting stuck inside - plus it's right by the exit door, so trying to hook or unhook the bike then gets in the way of everybody else trying to board or alight the train. And what if the cyclist has shoulder problems and can't lift the bike up to the hook??

Apparently during the Tour, both Northern and Transpennine will be running a conventional train formed of a locomotive and trailing coaches - whether the trailing coaches includes a 'brake van' for bicycles is yet to be seen.
Yep... in this country, if the space isn't for bums on seats, then it is seen as wasted space... The Transpennine electric trains between Manchester Airport and Scotland have NO luggage racks in coach B at all - guess where the big airport bags go? right in the bay specifically for bicycles. Then we have the Crosscountry trains, with their absolutely ridiculous vertical hanging system... one cupboard states "space for two bicycles" - but I can't even get ONE bike to hang in there properly without the handlebars standing out proud or getting stuck inside - plus it's right by the exit door, so trying to hook or unhook the bike then gets in the way of everybody else trying to board or alight the train. And what if the cyclist has shoulder problems and can't lift the bike up to the hook?? Apparently during the Tour, both Northern and Transpennine will be running a conventional train formed of a locomotive and trailing coaches - whether the trailing coaches includes a 'brake van' for bicycles is yet to be seen. Magicman!
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