Sunday, 22 January 2012

Torchgate..there is light at the end of the tunnel

In the dark at Hexham Station. Torchgate is the disappointing failure of Northern Rail to plan for the extension of the 7.41 train from Hexham to Newcastle, which is so popular with passengers that many have to stand for the journey. Thus, when they did put another carriages on the end of the train the drivers objected to walking in the dark to turn the train around - this disaster being compounded by the lack of a torch for a while.
However, following last weeks debate in the House of Commons, when I raised the matter with the Minister for Transport, see HEREand then shone some light on the matter myself locally, as set out in the Journal HEREI am pleased to see that common sense may now prevail.
Unsurprisingly the Union, ASLEF, and the company Northern Rail, have now reached an agreement they should have reached ages ago and are assuring us, and the public, that the extra carriage will run next week, starting tomorrow. So:

I am delighted that there is light at the end of the tunnel
Out of darkness there is now hope and light, and
We can see clearly now

Enough of the bad metaphors ... here's hoping the extra carriage is there tomorrow!!


  1. Good for you, sir!

    But why does it take them so long to sort things out?

    Why not issue staff who might need them (drivers, guards, etc) mobile phones with built-in torches? I mean, it's not rocket science, surely?

  2. I believe it was on yesterday, but there was no extra carriage today as the unit was taken out of service at the Heaton depot prior to the train departing Newcastle first thing. They said it will be back on tomorrow. And they wonder why I prefer to drive to work.