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Old 04-06-2014, 08:35 AM
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:48 AM
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:51 AM
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:54 AM
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Just to add a little balance to proceedings, I think Southern's service on the Tulse Hill line is generally excellent at the moment. It went through a period of being a cluster**** in the winter, but is now punctual, not overly busy and puts the vestige of the 80s that is First Capital Connect to shame.
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:55 AM
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There's a very good case for renationalising the railways.

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Old 04-06-2014, 08:57 AM
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My First Capital Connect train 6:39 from Hackbridge to Farringdon and the vice versa at 4:23 has been late/cancelled 3-5 times in the last 3 months.

that line is pretty decent for both Southern and FCC
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Just to be clear I wasn't moaning about the driver, just saying that if the driver doesn't know then there's no chance the passengers will. Which is obviously frustrating. The new franchise have promised a "world class service" apparently. I'll believe it when I see it. It must be annoying for the driver too.
It's the most frustrating aspect of driving, we try our best to be on time, there's nothing worse than sitting at a red signal and you can see trains in front of you not moving as well. This normally seems to happen when you're either due a break or due to finish. You can also imagine the frustration we feel when you've finally got to the destination, step out of the cab and then some little oik passes you and has a moan about the late arrival.
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Old 04-06-2014, 09:18 AM
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As to East Coast, it's easily the best operator of all of those I have been on in England.
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:12 AM
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Of course all the trains were always on time, clean, plenty of seats, never cancelled etc prior to privatisation
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As to East Coast, it's easily the best operator of all of those I have been on in England.
But their booking system is a shamble!

Two days aside, of late Southern has been much better. Though that is because I have built up a tolerance of 10-15 minute delays here and there. Ideally, there would be none of these.
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I've lost count of the number of times I've been stuck in the middle of nowhere unable to get hold of the signaller and been told by a passenger why my train is at a standstill
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Just to add a little balance to proceedings, I think Southern's service on the Tulse Hill line is generally excellent at the moment. It went through a period of being a cluster**** in the winter, but is now punctual, not overly busy and puts the vestige of the 80s that is First Capital Connect to shame.
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:31 AM
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The East Coast mainline was turning a "profit" under private ownership, but it was the amount of money they were forced to payback to the government that made it untenable. It has always been far more profitable than the WCML, but I don't know what the exact change in figures are from National Express -> East Coast.

As someone who commutes on it every morning, I can safely say that it is currently extremely well run. However, I think that this reflects its profitable nature, and fairly self-contained operating structure. I'm not sure this would autpmatically translate to other lines/networks.
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You must see the ridiculously packed FCC train that stops there around 8.40. Awful
Yep. They make the Northern Line look positively airy and salubrious.
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First capital connect where I am is brilliant. I get a seat every day. It's very fast. What's not to like?
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First capital connect where I am is brilliant. I get a seat every day. It's very fast. What's not to like?
agreed like I said 6:39 train from Hackbridge is empty.
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