Add some coaches

PUBLISHED: 07:09 20 April 2013


On Sunday, April 7, I had the most nightmare train journey known to man.

It was a two-coach service from Exeter Central and was packed with Royal Marines on their way back to Lympstone Commando centre.

It came about because the train they were on had been late and they missed their connection (which was a four-coach service).

I was pushed right into the doors and every time we stopped I had to get off to let the people exit the train.

Having arrived at Lympstone Commando, it took a good five minutes for the lads, with their kit, to get off the train.

I think that the first order of business for the newly formed Peninsula Rail Task Force is to get hold of some of the bosses of First Great Western and stuff them into a two-coach train in the evening, when the school children are going home and then perhaps they might wake up their ideas into putting four-coach trains on.

In closing, I would like to add that the Royal Marines tried to help by freeing up seats for some OAPs but with the vast number of people on the train it was next to impossible for them to do this.

I think I might take the bus next time - that way I know that I will get a seat.

Russell Buer

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