Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Railways Aren't Airports, Mr Darling

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Railways Aren't Airports, Mr Darling

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IT IS often a problem for ministers that in office they become detached from the everyday lives of normal people. Rarely can this phenomenon be more obvious than in the case of Alistair Darling, the Transport Secretary, who suggests today to the Select Committee on Transport that there should be airport-style checks on passengers joining trains at mainline railway stations.

No one who has actually waited at rush hour to board a busy train at, say, Waterloo, could have made such a suggestion. During the morning rush hour more than half-a-million people converge on London by train. During such periods, it is difficult for many commuters to get to the station promptly and to get a seat when they finally board their train. Those who manage, with a minute to spare, to get to a station in time to catch their train home only to find that they have to watch it leave because of a queue in front of the X-ray machine will not bear their frustration lightly. …

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