First impression

York Press: First impression First impression

RECENTLY due to a family bereavement I had occasion to travel by a cross country train route from York to St Austell’s. The last time was more than five years ago.

After paying an extra fee on the return journey, rather than having to change trains at Birmingham, one redeeming feature, the train was on time. However, when it comes to first impressions witnessed by tourists there isn’t much to be desired on the approach to many of our major cities by rail.

For example derelict buildings, noticeable in Leeds, Sheffield and Birmingham, along with abandoned material, ie old railway lines covered in foliage along track sides, of long standing, not exactly the image to encourage tourists and commercial enterprises to relocate.

Surely this infrastructure needs to be a priority which in turn will give employment; derelict buildings into affordable housing and building material recycled. Terry’s factory is a prime example.

Kenneth Bowker, Vesper Walk, Huntington, York.

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2:05pm Mon 14 Jul 14

sheps lad says...

Go by rail into Barcelona and see how much rubbish and graffiti can be squeezed into a couple of miles!
Go by rail into Barcelona and see how much rubbish and graffiti can be squeezed into a couple of miles! sheps lad
  • Score: 6

3:05pm Mon 14 Jul 14

pedalling paul says...

Not the purview of Network Rail or Train Operators to clear up a lot of railside urban blight..........my greater concern is that Cross Country have recently removed the "Quiet Coach" designation from their "Voyager" trains (Black Holes of Calcutta on wheels,,,)
Not the purview of Network Rail or Train Operators to clear up a lot of railside urban blight..........my greater concern is that Cross Country have recently removed the "Quiet Coach" designation from their "Voyager" trains (Black Holes of Calcutta on wheels,,,) pedalling paul
  • Score: -5

4:01pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Yorkshine1 says...

Rail operators spend inordinate amounts of time scrubbing off graffiti (which ironically can sometimes bring a bit of light and variety into a boring journey), whilst everything else is left to ruin and decay.
Rail operators spend inordinate amounts of time scrubbing off graffiti (which ironically can sometimes bring a bit of light and variety into a boring journey), whilst everything else is left to ruin and decay. Yorkshine1
  • Score: 2

7:12pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Omega Point says...

We all know a train journey lets you see the seamier side of things, Go from the suburbs of leafy London to any station in the capital. A rather stupid letter really
We all know a train journey lets you see the seamier side of things, Go from the suburbs of leafy London to any station in the capital. A rather stupid letter really Omega Point
  • Score: 0

4:51pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Unfortunately the virtual abandonment of weed killing trains started with privatisation and Railtrack and although it has improved slightly under Network Rail I doubt the tracks will ever be as weed free as they were under British Rail.
Unfortunately the virtual abandonment of weed killing trains started with privatisation and Railtrack and although it has improved slightly under Network Rail I doubt the tracks will ever be as weed free as they were under British Rail. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 0

4:49am Fri 18 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

Every big city has a 'ring of desolation' around it... usually about 2 miles from the centre. Manchester for example, the city centre is fine, but go on the Transpennine and look out the window between Ardwick and Ashburys and there you have the ring of desolation.
Every big city has a 'ring of desolation' around it... usually about 2 miles from the centre. Manchester for example, the city centre is fine, but go on the Transpennine and look out the window between Ardwick and Ashburys and there you have the ring of desolation. Magicman!
  • Score: 0
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