South West Trains reverses bikes ban decision after outcry from passengers

Daily Echo: South West Trains South West Trains

HAMPSHIRE residents will be able to hop on a train with their non-folding bikes to get to the Olympics after bosses decide against a blanket ban.

As previously reported, South West Trains had come under criticism over plans to ban non-folding bikes from all trains during the London 2012 games in a bid to free up space for more passengers.

However, after listening to their passengers the decision for the blanket ban has been lifted and normal regulations with remain in place, which will place restrictions on non-folding bikes during peak times and on certain services.

A South West Trains spokesman said: “During the Olympics and Paralympics games our train services are going to be even busier. We will be carrying significant numbers of extra passengers on top of our normal levels of daily customers.

“We have considered carefully the position regarding cycles over the period of London 2012, including listening to feedback from our customers and our staff.

“Following that review, we have decided that our policy for non-folding and folding bicycles will remain unchanged throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

However, all bikes will not be allowed on services via Epsom on July 28 and 29 to make space for those going to see the cycle race at Box Hill.

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12:42pm Mon 16 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

The best way to make more room for passengers is more trains and more coaches not banning certain categories of travelling passengers! When the Train Operating Companies start thinking "customer", not "profit" they might actually do themselves a favour.
The best way to make more room for passengers is more trains and more coaches not banning certain categories of travelling passengers! When the Train Operating Companies start thinking "customer", not "profit" they might actually do themselves a favour. OSPREYSAINT

2:09pm Mon 16 Jul 12

downfader says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
The best way to make more room for passengers is more trains and more coaches not banning certain categories of travelling passengers! When the Train Operating Companies start thinking "customer", not "profit" they might actually do themselves a favour.
Well said.

And just look at the trains in other countries (Germany for example) - all have dedicated bike carriages, lower fares and are more efficient
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: The best way to make more room for passengers is more trains and more coaches not banning certain categories of travelling passengers! When the Train Operating Companies start thinking "customer", not "profit" they might actually do themselves a favour.[/p][/quote]Well said. And just look at the trains in other countries (Germany for example) - all have dedicated bike carriages, lower fares and are more efficient downfader

2:14pm Mon 16 Jul 12

Georgem says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
The best way to make more room for passengers is more trains and more coaches not banning certain categories of travelling passengers! When the Train Operating Companies start thinking "customer", not "profit" they might actually do themselves a favour.
As long as they're answerable to shareholders, they'll always be thinking "profit" first.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: The best way to make more room for passengers is more trains and more coaches not banning certain categories of travelling passengers! When the Train Operating Companies start thinking "customer", not "profit" they might actually do themselves a favour.[/p][/quote]As long as they're answerable to shareholders, they'll always be thinking "profit" first. Georgem

2:24pm Mon 16 Jul 12

Shoong says...

Georgem wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
The best way to make more room for passengers is more trains and more coaches not banning certain categories of travelling passengers! When the Train Operating Companies start thinking "customer", not "profit" they might actually do themselves a favour.
As long as they're answerable to shareholders, they'll always be thinking "profit" first.
If they were not in profit, wouldn't they be making a loss? Who would have to bail them out?
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: The best way to make more room for passengers is more trains and more coaches not banning certain categories of travelling passengers! When the Train Operating Companies start thinking "customer", not "profit" they might actually do themselves a favour.[/p][/quote]As long as they're answerable to shareholders, they'll always be thinking "profit" first.[/p][/quote]If they were not in profit, wouldn't they be making a loss? Who would have to bail them out? Shoong

2:36pm Mon 16 Jul 12

Georgem says...

Shoong wrote:
Georgem wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
The best way to make more room for passengers is more trains and more coaches not banning certain categories of travelling passengers! When the Train Operating Companies start thinking "customer", not "profit" they might actually do themselves a favour.
As long as they're answerable to shareholders, they'll always be thinking "profit" first.
If they were not in profit, wouldn't they be making a loss? Who would have to bail them out?
We would. John C. Taxpayer.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: The best way to make more room for passengers is more trains and more coaches not banning certain categories of travelling passengers! When the Train Operating Companies start thinking "customer", not "profit" they might actually do themselves a favour.[/p][/quote]As long as they're answerable to shareholders, they'll always be thinking "profit" first.[/p][/quote]If they were not in profit, wouldn't they be making a loss? Who would have to bail them out?[/p][/quote]We would. John C. Taxpayer. Georgem

4:58pm Mon 16 Jul 12

lowe esteem says...

Georgem wrote:
Shoong wrote:
Georgem wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
The best way to make more room for passengers is more trains and more coaches not banning certain categories of travelling passengers! When the Train Operating Companies start thinking "customer", not "profit" they might actually do themselves a favour.
As long as they're answerable to shareholders, they'll always be thinking "profit" first.
If they were not in profit, wouldn't they be making a loss? Who would have to bail them out?
We would. John C. Taxpayer.
Come on, don't fall for the 'half-empty' mindset. There's money to be had, people looking to travel, look after 'em and the profit should follow.
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: The best way to make more room for passengers is more trains and more coaches not banning certain categories of travelling passengers! When the Train Operating Companies start thinking "customer", not "profit" they might actually do themselves a favour.[/p][/quote]As long as they're answerable to shareholders, they'll always be thinking "profit" first.[/p][/quote]If they were not in profit, wouldn't they be making a loss? Who would have to bail them out?[/p][/quote]We would. John C. Taxpayer.[/p][/quote]Come on, don't fall for the 'half-empty' mindset. There's money to be had, people looking to travel, look after 'em and the profit should follow. lowe esteem

7:13pm Mon 16 Jul 12

Condor Man says...

I've noticed that Megatrain tickets are only being sold up to the day before the Olympics starts. SWT are clearly going to make a killing over the next 2 months.
I've noticed that Megatrain tickets are only being sold up to the day before the Olympics starts. SWT are clearly going to make a killing over the next 2 months. Condor Man

7:24pm Mon 16 Jul 12

kissmya%% says...

I hardly use the Train , But I brought A cheese ploughmans sandwhich , crisps and a coffee . have a guess how much ?
I hardly use the Train , But I brought A cheese ploughmans sandwhich , crisps and a coffee . have a guess how much ? kissmya%%

7:31pm Mon 16 Jul 12

Georgem says...

kissmya%% wrote:
I hardly use the Train , But I brought A cheese ploughmans sandwhich , crisps and a coffee . have a guess how much ?
£12
[quote][p][bold]kissmya%%[/bold] wrote: I hardly use the Train , But I brought A cheese ploughmans sandwhich , crisps and a coffee . have a guess how much ?[/p][/quote]£12 Georgem

7:33pm Mon 16 Jul 12

kissmya%% says...

£7 !
£7 ! kissmya%%

7:34pm Mon 16 Jul 12

Markmag says...

Congratulations Echo on reading the press release properly this time - it's quite impressive to use exactly the same quotes to say bikes are not banned as you did to say bikes were banned!

Still at least you're doing better than your Bournemouth colleagues who have only just reported the ban now, a week after it was overturned and hours after you've (finally) reported it correctly!

I remember when Echo reporting was at the vanguard, now it's stuck in the guards van!
Congratulations Echo on reading the press release properly this time - it's quite impressive to use exactly the same quotes to say bikes are not banned as you did to say bikes were banned! Still at least you're doing better than your Bournemouth colleagues who have only just reported the ban now, a week after it was overturned and hours after you've (finally) reported it correctly! I remember when Echo reporting was at the vanguard, now it's stuck in the guards van! Markmag

7:35pm Mon 16 Jul 12

Georgem says...

kissmya%% wrote:
£7 !
A bargain!
[quote][p][bold]kissmya%%[/bold] wrote: £7 ![/p][/quote]A bargain! Georgem

7:40pm Mon 16 Jul 12

kissmya%% says...

peanuts £1-40
can of coke £90
crisps £1-10
assorted sarnies £2-25 - £395
cans of beer £2-25 a can & up
peanuts £1-40 can of coke £90 crisps £1-10 assorted sarnies £2-25 - £395 cans of beer £2-25 a can & up kissmya%%

7:41pm Mon 16 Jul 12

kissmya%% says...

small wine £4-95
small wine £4-95 kissmya%%

12:18am Tue 17 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

kissmya%% wrote:
small wine £4-95
large whine free.
[quote][p][bold]kissmya%%[/bold] wrote: small wine £4-95[/p][/quote]large whine free. OSPREYSAINT

5:53am Tue 17 Jul 12

SotonGreen says...

£90 for coke huh ? Seriously what do you expect you are paying through the nose for it being wheeled to your seat.

It is cheaper at Smiths on the platform or the coop just outside the station or just bring your own
£90 for coke huh ? Seriously what do you expect you are paying through the nose for it being wheeled to your seat. It is cheaper at Smiths on the platform or the coop just outside the station or just bring your own SotonGreen

9:16am Tue 17 Jul 12

Georgem says...

SotonGreen wrote:
£90 for coke huh ? Seriously what do you expect you are paying through the nose for it being wheeled to your seat.

It is cheaper at Smiths on the platform or the coop just outside the station or just bring your own
£90 for coke? At that price, it should be going UP your nose.
[quote][p][bold]SotonGreen[/bold] wrote: £90 for coke huh ? Seriously what do you expect you are paying through the nose for it being wheeled to your seat. It is cheaper at Smiths on the platform or the coop just outside the station or just bring your own[/p][/quote]£90 for coke? At that price, it should be going UP your nose. Georgem

10:06am Tue 17 Jul 12

kissmya%% says...

SotonGreen wrote:
£90 for coke huh ? Seriously what do you expect you are paying through the nose for it being wheeled to your seat.

It is cheaper at Smiths on the platform or the coop just outside the station or just bring your own
Yes I will next time , I will prepare some freshly made rolls with cheese,pickle and a selection of crisps from a sainsbury multi pack and a flask of fresh coffee to enjoy on my trip .
[quote][p][bold]SotonGreen[/bold] wrote: £90 for coke huh ? Seriously what do you expect you are paying through the nose for it being wheeled to your seat. It is cheaper at Smiths on the platform or the coop just outside the station or just bring your own[/p][/quote]Yes I will next time , I will prepare some freshly made rolls with cheese,pickle and a selection of crisps from a sainsbury multi pack and a flask of fresh coffee to enjoy on my trip . kissmya%%

10:41am Tue 17 Jul 12

downfader says...

Georgem wrote:
SotonGreen wrote:
£90 for coke huh ? Seriously what do you expect you are paying through the nose for it being wheeled to your seat.

It is cheaper at Smiths on the platform or the coop just outside the station or just bring your own
£90 for coke? At that price, it should be going UP your nose.
Might get the can stuck.
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonGreen[/bold] wrote: £90 for coke huh ? Seriously what do you expect you are paying through the nose for it being wheeled to your seat. It is cheaper at Smiths on the platform or the coop just outside the station or just bring your own[/p][/quote]£90 for coke? At that price, it should be going UP your nose.[/p][/quote]Might get the can stuck. downfader

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