Chiltern Railways nominated for innovation awards

Banbury Cake: A Class 186 Chiltern Clubman train A Class 186 Chiltern Clubman train

CHILTERN Railways has been nominated for five awards in this year’s Railway Industry Innovation Awards.

The projects nominated include its rail replacement bus service during the current project to rebuild the Oxford-Bicester Town line to create a second Oxford-London rail route, and preparations and consultation with the public ahead of the work starting.

The other nominations are for a £5.3m scheme to refurbish the Class 168 Clubman diesel trains, the first live emergency incident exercise conducted next to a working railway, and improvements to toilets on trains and at stations, using images inspired by attractions and museums along the route.

The winners of the awards, organised by Modern Railways magazine, will be revealed later this month.

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8:08am Mon 2 Jun 14

Myron Blatz says...

But such innovation not including reduced fares and season tickets, or guaranteed seats included in fares. If you want more people to use public transport, then you make it affordable to use - not keep ripping-off passengers!
But such innovation not including reduced fares and season tickets, or guaranteed seats included in fares. If you want more people to use public transport, then you make it affordable to use - not keep ripping-off passengers! Myron Blatz
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1:09pm Mon 2 Jun 14

King Joke says...

I'm not a massive fan of Chiltern, but:

Reduced fares: On the Chiltern website there are a number of £12 Advance Singles each way from Marylebone to Birmingham, as opposed to the £34.90 Off Peak Return. That sounds reduced to me. THey also accept Network Railcards like most other TOCs in the South East.

Season tickets: Chiltern are largely a commuter operator. What on Earth made you think they didn't do season tickets? If you don't believe me, as an example a Seven Day Standard season from Gerrards Cross to Marylebone is £60.60

You are right that it is not possible to reserve seating other than in Business Zone which most of their trains don't have. In my experience though it's always possible to find a seat even on busy Saturday afternoons.
I'm not a massive fan of Chiltern, but: Reduced fares: On the Chiltern website there are a number of £12 Advance Singles each way from Marylebone to Birmingham, as opposed to the £34.90 Off Peak Return. That sounds reduced to me. THey also accept Network Railcards like most other TOCs in the South East. Season tickets: Chiltern are largely a commuter operator. What on Earth made you think they didn't do season tickets? If you don't believe me, as an example a Seven Day Standard season from Gerrards Cross to Marylebone is £60.60 You are right that it is not possible to reserve seating other than in Business Zone which most of their trains don't have. In my experience though it's always possible to find a seat even on busy Saturday afternoons. King Joke
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