King's Cross station to remain closed due to over-running engineering works - No trains on 27th Dec Update now Paddington 'Closed'

SuperEd 9 replies
Found 26th Dec 2014
Was due to be open tomorrow now over-running works

One of UK's largest stations will remain closed on December 27 because of delayed engineering work, causing disruption for passengers

Rail users have reacted angrily to news that train services in and out of London King's Cross will be cancelled on Saturday December 27 because of over-running Network Rail engineering works.
Sources said that the station would effectively be closed throughout the day due to delays to works north of the station.
East Coast Trains said customers would need to start or finish their journey at Finsbury Park in north London, with at least one change of train.
A reduced service to and from the station will go ahead as planned on Sunday, with trains leaving up to 20 minutes earlier than normal from King's Cross.

Update via first great western

First Great Western ‏@FGW
Over-running rail works have closed all lines in/out of London Paddington. Significant disruptions and delays likely to all such journeys.

twitter.com/FGW…040

For those who choose not to travel at all due to the rail disruptions today, you will be entitled to a full ‘abandoned journey refund’.

Check before you travel

9 Comments

Original Poster SuperEd

Without siding with Network Rail, I think people like to complain too much about. Yes, with these kind of complex engineering works delays happen and the main reason to keep Kings Cross station closed was it a Saturday with less people traveling and an alternative to use Tube till Finsbury park was possible. It is more of an issue for people who need ramps as Finsbury Park is not a step-free station but other than a small delay it is not a major hiccup as the news shows out to be. When a similar thing happens at Liverpool Street station they start services from Stratford and ask passengers to use Central Line to reach Liverpool Street (it adds around 5 minutes to your journey - luckily in this case it is step-free).

The alternative in this case was to schedule the work on an alternative day which means more closure and at probably at higher cost.

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Original Poster SuperEd

Finsbury Park now closed due to overcrowding https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B52_RaUCUAAP9JQ.jpg

An embarrassment. ..any political party able to tackle commuting and travel could gain ground in the next election.

Mark Carne has given up his 34k bonus due to the Xmas period mess.

Now what about the rest of his £675,000 annual salary for the mess they create for the over 100,000 commuters every day!

davewave

An embarrassment. ..any political party able to tackle commuting and … An embarrassment. ..any political party able to tackle commuting and travel could gain ground in the next election.


Best would be to renationalise the railways at least we can then say Transport Secretary is responsible. Over here, the sector is so fragmented that when things go wrong, nobody wants to take responsibility.

horrible trains over the last week; stupidly busy due to tourists and shoppers too; even worse than normal rush hour.

Piccadilly circus closed the other day, jubilee line shut etc etc.

varunadas

Best would be to renationalise the railways at least we can then say … Best would be to renationalise the railways at least we can then say Transport Secretary is responsible. Over here, the sector is so fragmented that when things go wrong, nobody wants to take responsibility.



What about the shareholders who effectively would need to be compensated?

How would renationalizing an industry affect inward investment into the UK since we are dependent on being seen to be a stable and fair country?
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