'Rail bosses should take on disability challenge'

Why not challenge rail bosses and board members to spend one day in wheelchairs, mobility aids and glasses to impair vision, and to travel on trains in remote and rural areas and see what it is like to not have the help of a guard or conductor on the train or bus?

By The Newsroom
Friday, 30th November 2018, 4:47 pm
Updated Friday, 30th November 2018, 5:55 pm
A correspondent writes about disability and public transport
A correspondent writes about disability and public transport

Maybe then they would understand why the public are opposing the removal of such help.

If they refuse, then the management will be admitting that they cannot justify the proposals! Do your best to challenge them!

V Walker

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Is the real reason why Jo Johnson resigned as Transport Minister because he could not resolve the problems with Northern’s plan to have driver-only trains and letting (allowing) the electrification of the Manchester to Blackpool line to overrun by


He, like his brother, Boris, and father Stanley Johnson (a retired MEP), are only interested in elevating their positions in the public realm, rather than for the good of Britain.

Dave Ellis

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Reckless leap into unknown

Given that the cataclysmic effects of leaving the EU are now staring us in the face, I wonder how much longer it will take to convince some MPs that the only sensible course of action would be to allow the electorate to decide whether they wish to proceed with this fatally flawed project, which can only be described as a reckless leap into the unknown.

This month, nations commemorated the cessation of hostilities and subsequent peace. It is surely high time we recognised the huge contribution made by the European project of mutual cooperation and close-knit trade, and acknowledged the enormous debt we owe to the EU’s role as the guarantor of an enduring peace and relative prosperity in Europe for the last four decades or so.

The momentum for clarity and a semblance of sanity in this whole process is now gathering pace, and we see conversions to the notion of a People’s Vote becoming almost a daily occurrence.

Add to the chaotic negotiations, the revelations of improper conduct in the Leave campaign, not to mention alleged Russian interference, and we have reason enough to call for the annulment of the whole misconceived, time­-wasting exercise.

It has become increasingly clear since the referendum that Brexit is a far-right attempt to seize power and abolish the hard-won rights which aim to prevent the abuse of the powerless by the powerful.

Funny how the likes of Boris Johnson, Rees-Mogg, Farage, Hannan, Banks et al have suddenly become the self-appointed champions of democracy, and claim to have the best interests of ordinary working people at heart.

Wealthy elites all, and it is ironic indeed that, when they see their golden opportunity to ride rough-shod over the norms of a civilised society slowly ebbing away, they have become the most strident opponents of a truly democratic second vote to right this wrong.

Neville James



Give site back to people of city

I read a couple of weeks ago about the history of the Harris Orphanage, pictured, and noted that you omitted its use as a primary school.

We all know that it was given to all the people of Preston, in trust, by its very rich owner. This was for educational purposes.

However, somehow the university, seemingly against the articles of Trust, sold it for a relatively small price to its current owner.

I write to suggest to the current owner, rather than sell it at a vast profit, gives, not sells, it back to the people of Preston as the site for a new and much needed school.

Surely one of the benefits of great wealth made from the people of Preston is the ability to give something back. Any thoughts on the subject?

Percy Veer