Friday, 20 May 2011

'Rip-Off' Fares

A special investigation carried out by the East Anglian Daily Times (EADT) has found that fares on National Express East Anglia are considerably higher than comparable journeys in other parts of the UK.  The EADT has worked out that NXEA customers pay pay 50p-per-mile at peak times on the Ipswich to Liverpool Street service, against South Eastern (33p), South West Trains (43p) and Chiltern Railways (45p) for comparable journeys into London.

For full details go to the EADT website.

Monday, 16 May 2011

'Meet The Manager'

A quick reminder that there will be a 'Meet The Manager' session at Manningtree station on Tuesday 17th May.  This is an opportunity to talk to senior managers from National Express East Anglia, the last such opportunity before the end of the franchise.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Tube Strikes Cancelled

The RMT has announced that the tube strikes planned for the coming weeks have been cancelled.

Whilst again the cancellation of these strikes is to be welcomed this appears to be a tactic much used by the RMT now.  Cause disruption by threatening strikes only to call them off at the last moment, so the history books will show that no strike took place.

MRUA AGM - Elections

At the MRUA AGM held on Monday 9th May 2010 the following officers were elected:

Chairman: Neil Skinner
Vice Chairman: Derek Monnery
Treasurer: Val Pretty

Monday, 9 May 2011

Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership

The Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership (ESSCRP) has opened an office at Manningtree Station.  Located on Platform 3 next to the waiting room, this office replaces the one previously located in Mistley.

For details of the activities of the work of the ESSCRP click here.


A reminder that the MRUA AGM will be held in the Station Buffet this evening at 7pm

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Tube Strikes Announced

The RMT has announced dates for intended stikes on the tube as follows:
  • 16 to 17 May: 2101 - 1159
  • 18 to 19 May: 1200 - 115
  • 20 May: 1200 - 2100
  • 13 to 14 June: 2101 - 1159
  • 15 to 16 June: 1200 - 1159
  • 17 June: 1200 - 2100 
The strikes are in reponse to two driver being sacked although the reasons for the sackings are unclear at the moment.

As is often the case with RMT industrial action, the decision to strike has been taken based on a majority of the 29% of tube drivers who actually voted.  It must be hoped therefore that as the vast majority of drivers didn't even bother to vote there may be a service of sorts running.