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All Change on the Railways

Today is the last day of Anglia Railways demonic possession of the railway which I use daily. The new Greater Anglia Franchise is going to be run by Natio nal Express. I am hoping (probably in vain) that things will improve, at least they hav epromised to upgrade the rolling stock on the intercity services. As with all things on the trains I would guess that it will take a year or two for anything to change but at least I have someone new to moan at!

On the same lines, an article in The Times this morning caught my attention. Punctuality is going to be recorded by the average number of seconds delayed rather than a percentage of trains running on time. Apparently in Japan the bullet train runs with an average 12 second delay whereas some lines in the UK have a 7 and a half minute delay. It's so bad it's embarassing.