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    ..but if you don't use TFL rail and the rest of it the MofL is to blame.


    Grant Shapps urges people NOT to use 'busy' trains at Christmas | Daily Mail Online

    Grant Shapps today urged Britons not to use trains at Christmas as they will be 'too busy' - as UK ministers meet to thrash out a plan to ease coronavirus rules so family reunions can happen.

    An announcement is imminent on proposals for a loosening over the festive season, with Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove due to chair a Cobra meeting with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    But the Transport Secretary has warned that the rail network's 'limitations', with major engineering work and capacity constraints, mean people should avoid using it where possible.

    In a round of interviews this morning, Mr Shapps said: 'We are going to be appealing to people to look very carefully at the transport route they take and of course even making a choice about whether they travel at all.'

    News on how restrictions on socialising will be relaxed for a few days - probably from December 23-27 - had been expected today, but might now come later in the week, as sources say 'details need ironing out'.

    Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there could be a 'slight and careful' easing of the rules for a few days while Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething has suggested tough measures to control the virus before Christmas could allow 'more headroom for the festive season'.

    Mr Gove is set to chair a meeting with the devolved administrations later, in a bid to get the package over the line.

    It comes amid a brewing Tory revolt amid fears that the whole of England could face 'lockdown by another name' even after the blanket squeeze ends on December 2.

    MPs have warned Boris Johnson that putting swathes of the country under draconian Tier Two and Three restrictions will be 'catastrophic' for businesses and spark a damaging new mutiny.

    Ministers insist they are waiting for the latest local infection data to decide what brackets individual areas will be placed into, with the breakdown set to be published on Thursday.

    However, senior Conservatives say the 'mood music' is that most places will be subject to the tougher levels - meaning heavy restrictions on bars and restaurants, as well as limits on households mixing.
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    Considering most years the rail service grinds to a halt at Christmas for essential maintenance, what exactly will be running that is expected to be 'too busy'?

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    you have to be very rich to use the trains.
    many fares turn out to be £1/mile. better take a shared taxi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy2 View Post
    you have to be very rich to use the trains.
    many fares turn out to be £1/mile. better take a shared taxi.
    In the middle of deadly pandemic?

    Better not travel - that’s the Official advice

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    Won't use them at Xmas as the University return window is the 3rd to the 9th, one whole weekend FFS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy2 View Post
    you have to be very rich to use the trains.
    many fares turn out to be £1/mile. better take a shared taxi.
    Just checked, anytime single 2nd Class from my home city to London works out £1.10 per mile.
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    So, what, you get on a carriage and scream "is this a busy train?" as loudly as possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesbrown View Post
    So, what, you get on a carriage and scream "is this a busy train?" as loudly as possible?
    Least you will get a few seats to yourself....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SueEllen View Post
    Least you will get a few seats to yourself....
    Perhaps throw in a cough or two.

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