Strain of getting the train
It is becoming increasingly difficult for older people to catch a Virgin train service from Euston back to Preston (or to any other destinations for that matter).
The indicators at Euston announce the train but not its platform number until seven or eight minutes before departure time (the train is “preparing” it says). When the platform number eventually goes up the stampede begins of those who move at a just sub-Olympic pace. As we older folk fumble towards the platform there is an announcement the train doors will close two minutes before departure time, reducing the concourse-to-carriage time to five minutes at best.
Arriving at the platform a further announcement says those intending to travel should join the train as it is ready to depart – as if it was our fault we were not aboard rather than Virgin’s crass logistics. So we are scrambled in the back to fight our way up the train. If one could make an orderly, earlier, way to the platform to await the opening of the train doors, all this difficulty could be obviated.
I hope the franchise will be awarded to another operator with a great appreciation of common sense towards customer service, not to mention the much-vaunted health and safety.
Neil Inkley, Walton-Le-Dale
Parking misery at retail park
I visited the Deepdale Shopping Park this afternoon. It was hopeless! I had to keep going around to find a parking space, it was so full. There are plenty of empty motor cycle spaces unusable to car owners but not enough parking spaces for the amount of shops there. What will it be like when the new shops are finished and open?
Christmas shopping is a no-go for this shopping park. It is hard enough now, let alone nearer Christmas. The shop owners must be tearing their hair out. I will not be shopping there again until well after the January sales.
Time city was car friendly
One way to address the decline of the city centre would be to make Preston more car user friendly.
Any city that does not have a tram or metro system and has no public transport after 11pm cannot afford to be so anti-car. The council wants a city centre cinema, where would its customers park?
It is now time to get the streets unblocked, get the traffic flowing, remove the 20 mile an hour restrictions except from around schools during school hours. Allow unrestricted parking around the city centre after 6pm. Give shoppers pick up points in the centre during the day to collect shopping and entice them away from the out of town shopping centres.
A recent headline in the London news papers was “tube to run 24 hours every day” and all the editorials said not before time - it is the 21st century. Perhaps we could settle for public transport running until midnight. It would be a start.
Tony Downing, Fulwood
Sad decline of our proud city
My family lived in Preston for generations. I was born and educated there, at Deepdale CP and the Park School. What has happened to the town? Scruffy, neglected streets, and now a council which flies the flag of terrorists on the Town Hall. How will that make the Jewish citizens feel? Frightened, perhaps?
Sir Tom Finney’s funeral was so well attended because he was the last representative of a decent Preston, now vanished, and we all realised that and mourned that as well as mourning him. Proud Preston? No longer.
Betty Stringer, Gargrave, N Yorks
Fight for green belt goes on
The local residents meeting about the Shuttlingfields development in Chorley was well-attended and we were brought up to date on the responses to issues raised earlier:
a) The density of housing proposed by Persimmon;
b) The effect upon the traffic - already a problem area;
c) The inability of the infrastructure - drains and sewers - to handle the massive increase;
d) The declared intention to remove 37 per cent of the mature, healthy trees - mostly oaks with tree preservation orders.
A single access for 306 new dwellings is unacceptable and the presence of methane behind an adjacent farm adds to the sound reasons for refusing this proposed development. The developer would apparently contribute close to £3m for ‘community investment’ were Shuttlingfields to gain permission for development, even though it is farmland that should not have lost its green belt status.
Our vicinity is still classed as semi-rural and hopefully may remain so for all our sakes.
G W Richards, Bamber Bridge
More needed on equal rights
Further to the issue of feminism, the Catholic church cannot ‘square’ its philosophy with feminists points of view because it has done much to belittle women (letters September 24).
We were never allowed on the altar, except as cleaners; never allowed to serve at Holy Mass. Any girl getting pregnant before marriage had to suffer the disgrace, even from their families, while many of the fathers walked away.
At one time, even in this country, a man could sell his wife in a market place! The homes for unmarried mothers were hellish places, even the Roman Catholic ones. I am not surprised to learn that the Pope honoured Dr Von Hildebrand, she was the ideal devotee wasn’t she?
Every institution does this for its staunchest supporters. The Roman Catholic Church has realised that it must change its attitude and has done so to some extent but there is a long way to go.
Feminists do not strive to dominate men, only to escape unfair discrimination.
OAP, Lostock Hall