In parts of Britain car use is back to ninety per cent of early March. But trains are stuck at fifteen per cent. Meanwhile in mainland Europe many systems are weeks ahead of Britain’s railways in getting back to actually carrying passengers and not just running empty trains. Pictures this week on social media show SNCF’s ‘Ouigo’ budget TGV service with very healthy loadings.
When a Twitter user pointed out to Managing Director of East Coast main line operator LNER David Horne that the company’s website said ‘ask yourself if your journey is really necessary’. His response was ‘where do does it say that?’ And then, with no corporate bull or spin – ‘thanks, that will be removed!’ And soon it was gone.
So – a little progress, and what great service on the virtual social media railway! Now let’s try out the real thing again!