Tuesday, September 21, 2021

I'm from the government and you can trust me

Here is a story from London that caught my attention. I will summarise mostly using information from the south east London website, The Charlton Champion.

A freight line used by trains maybe once a day and not far from where we stayed in North Greenwich in 2019 has an unsignalled and non auto gated pedestrian crossing. In spite of not seeing much freight traffic, the signalling was upgraded and Network Rail wanted to close the pedestrian crossing, used by nearly 700 people a day. It was built in 1850 for farm workers to cross the track. 

Network Rail is a government organisation and claimed the crossing was the most dangerous in the London area. The aforesaid Charlton Champion challenged NR to produce evidence. NR then said the crossing was the most dangerous in that area. CC challenged this too and NR then fessed up that it the 34th most dangerous crossing in the area. Still odd when there aren't any other official pedestrian crossings

Thieves, crooks, liars and charlatans, and you ought not expect that from a government organisation. 

People power saw Network Rail cancel the closure, a good result in my opinion. It's not like it is a line that sees a train every few minutes and being freight, the diesel powered trains would not be travelling very fast on the single track. Can't people look after themselves just a little bit?

Photo of the crossing from change.org 

33 comments:

  1. The overly cautious attitude that has closed all the barrow crossings at railaway station. So at our local station, one of the platforms can only be reached by descending some steep steps. The other has a slope down to it. Wheelchair users or people with prams therefore have to go on to the next station, wait an hour for the train to come in the opposite direction, and then return to our station. At one time all they had to do was wait until it was clear and then cross at the barrow crossing.

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    1. Tasker, barrow crossing isn't a term I've heard before. I can't imagine your station would see hundreds of trains a day and it is terrible that people are put to such inconvenience and that the crossing wasn't replaced with something suitable. It is a wonder the case didn't end up in your equivalent to our disability rights commission.

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  2. I have been watching our own guvermint in horror. If only our issues could be/would be so easily resolved.

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    1. EC, we can raise our voices and at times it makes a difference.

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  3. Geoff Marshall made a video about this railway crossing a couple of years ago (I am pretty sure this is the same crossing, as I believe there are only 2 unprotected pedestrian crossings in London).
    https://youtu.be/6iYlBiGMJyU

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    1. Pippa, no surprise that I enjoy his videos. I had either missed that one or forgot about it however I did come across it when checking a few things. Thanks.

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  4. Look right, look left, then look right again. If nothing's coming it's safe to cross. Not that complicated.

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    1. It isn't complicated at all Cro. Single track, slow moving trains, no electrified third rail.

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  5. "Thieves, crooks, liars and charlatans, and you ought not expect that from a government organisation."
    Hah! Thieves, crooks, liars and charlatans is about all we can expect from a government organisation.
    Especially soon after elections when they all start practising their backflips.

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    1. Ah yes, the post election backflips. The world you were promised doesn't materialise.

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  6. One time when people power worked it seems.

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    1. Yes Margaret. People power sometimes works and we should never stop trying to use it.

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  7. I cannot believe the nanny states all around the world. Mind you, the great unwashed don't do themselves any favours by bleating about things that aren't "fair" and taking no responsibility for their own behaviour.

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    1. I am with you with both Caro.

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    2. I am one of those great unwashed who bleat, but I bleat about the automatic payrises the politicians get yearly while the working poor have to fight via unions for a measly 2% which then get spread out over a two or three year period, which immediately loses value because of inflation on bought goods, transport costs and rent rises.

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  8. This story has passed me by despite being in my neck of the woods. An investigation is needed to go and search this one out.

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    1. That's good Marie. You can't correct my dodgy stats that came from unreliable sources.

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  9. I wonder if there was some ulterior motive other than what was stated, such as maybe people, possibly prosperous people, from one side of the tracks wanted to limit visitors, possibly less prosperous visitors, from the other side.

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    1. Quite possible Kirk. Take a look at why the newly opened Battersea Power Station train station is in the train fare Zone 1 and not Zone 2 as it should be.

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  10. Those crossings are dangerous but you would think that the govt could build an overpass or have boom gates to make it safe rather than close the station.

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    1. Diane, some kind of auto boom gates would be the best solution to protect stupid people. I am not sure there are many of those at this crossing though.

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  11. Health and safety in the UK, is a little overzealous in my opinion. The USA a little lax,

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    1. TP, going from the Continent to England sees remarkable differences in safety standards. Standards are very high too, leading to works like 'regulations gone mad'. However in my former workplace, higher safety standard and work practices dramatically dropped staff injury figures.

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  12. "The truth is out there..." but governments and their agencies are good at ignoring it or twisting it to fit their purposes.

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  13. What brazen arrogance to outright lie and think their government job will make the people believe!

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    1. Arrogance and stupidity Strayer. They thought they could just chuck out a wrong statistic and get away with it.

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  14. This is why journalism (including web sites like that) is so important. Bureaucrats just do what they want and justify it any old way. Someone has to check their information!

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    1. Steve, the loss of local media and journalism means we are so less well informed about local matters.

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  15. Who knows what the real reasons behind this nonsense were. Someone, somewhere, let their power go to their head. Or maybe what Kirk said.

    We've just had a $600 million election in Canada to get to pretty much the exact state we were in 36 days ago when the writ was dropped.

    Government - don't get me started :)

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    1. Jenny, at least disaster was avoided by that tool O'Tool not being elected. Bad call by Jussy.

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  16. The nine most terrifying words in the English language are,
    "I'm from the Government and I'm here to help."

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    1. Jack, I think that comes before, 'Your papers please'.

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