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Merseyrail Banning Feet On The Seat Passengers - 7021/11640
Written by Lee on Friday, 18th April 2008
A train operator is banning passengers who put their feet on the seats (link below.)
Merseyrail, which runs local services from Liverpool out to Cheshire, Wirral and West Lancashire, is also cracking down on people who fail to buy tickets.
The company brought in a zero tolerance policy to passengers putting their feet on seats last February.
Repeat offenders whose bad behaviour annoys and intimidates other passengers may now also be banned from using the Merseyrail network.
The rail network said highly-visible enforcement officers with head cameras had been travelling on its trains as part of the crackdown.
Merseyrail is the only train operator in the country to prosecute passengers for putting their feet on seats.
More than 500 train passengers have been prosecuted by the company since it began enforcement in February, including a student who was taken to court after being caught with her feet on a seat in June.
She was given an absolute discharge by Chester magistrates.
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The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.
We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.
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