Local rail commuters will be familiar with the frustration that comes when trains are delayed, or when one comes that is too full to board, leaving you standing on the platform not sure how long the journey is going to take.
You may not be aware of a scheme called “Delay Repay”. If your journey is delayed by 30 minutes or more, for whatever reason, you are due compensation.
These levels are set by the Department for Transport:
•Delayed for 30 to 59 minutes - Claim 50% compensation of your single ticket or 50% of the relevant delayed portion of your return ticket
• Delayed for 60 to 119 minutes - Claim 100% compensation of your single ticket or 100% of the cost of the relevant portion of your return ticket
•Delayed for 120+ minutes - Claim 100% compensation of the cost of your single ticket or 100% cost of your return ticket (i.e. both portions, not just one way)
To claim under this scheme from Northern, click here
To claim under this scheme from Transpennine Express, click here
Since this scheme began I have received complaints from a number of Northern customers. It can take a long time to receive the compensation; it can be difficult for people with System One travel cards to be appropriately compensated; and many people experience delays that aren’t quite 30 minutes long but are still very inconvenient.
As you can see below, I have raised these issues with the Secretary of State for Transport and I hope to receive official responses in the near future. Passengers deserve a better deal from our transport system and when standards aren’t met they should be properly compensated.
Local rail commuters will be familiar with the frustration that comes when trains are delayed, or when one comes that is too full to board, leaving you standing on the...
Last Friday I visited Turton School to find out more about the school’s participation in the 2017-18 Beacon School programme.
Turton is working with University College London's Holocaust Education Centre to deliver a deep and engaging education experience on the subject of the Holocaust. Scott Tither, a Beacon School Lead Teacher, has been given the opportunity to take part in extensive learning and later this year will visit Poland, developing a greater understanding of the Holocaust to inform his teaching.
It was encouraging to hear from both teachers and students about how they have gone beyond the headline figures of the Holocaust to look at the individual human stories of its victims. I met year 12 students who have felt so inspired by their studies that they are working to share what they have learned and teach younger students in their own time.
Talking to year 9, it's clear that complex moral and social issues are being debated in ways that not only help to explain the events of the 1930s and 40s but develop critical thinking to explore contemporary society. Their insights and thoughtful approach to the subject were very impressive.
While I was there I also took part in an interview for BBC School Report on the importance of Holocaust Education. We can't allow events like these to ever happen again and education is key.
I'd like to thank UCL and Turton School for inviting me to visit and see the project in action. I hope that other schools can learn from what is being done at Turton School follow their lead.
Last Friday I visited Turton School to find out more about the school’s participation in the 2017-18 Beacon School programme. Turton is working with University College London's Holocaust Education Centre...
Local pubs can be a fantastic asset. A safe, enjoyable space to socialise, and a way for people to access live music and other forms of entertainment right at the heart of the community.
It’s a real shame that we see so many pubs closing down. I’ve supported a number of measures in Parliament to reduce pressures on small pubs and breweries and help them stay competitive in a world of cheap supermarket booze.
The Railway Pub in Bromley Cross stands out to me as a missed opportunity. It doesn’t seem so long ago that the place was packed with local residents having a good time but it’s been sat vacant for more than two years now. As time goes by it’s becoming an eyesore and a target for vandalism. I want to see the pub re-opened.
I met with Bromley Cross Labour activists Steve Sutton and Deborah Whenlock about the issue and we wanted to find a common sense solution. When we looked into it we learned that Star Pubs are asking for annual rent of £37,250. Given the current economic circumstances this would be a big disincentive for people to take a chance on the pub.
I understand that Star Pubs want to have a profitable arrangement but if the building sits empty then they make no money, Bromley Cross has one less business and the community misses out on a good local pub.
We are asking Star Pubs to work with the community and offer a discounted rate on the rent of the Railway Pub for the first 2 to 3 years. As Steve recently said to the Bolton News “The swift reopening of these premises will clearly benefit both Star Pubs and our community. We hope Star Pubs consider the proposal mutually beneficial.”
If you agree with us and want to show your support, please sign our petition https://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/takeaction/343/076/808/
Local pubs can be a fantastic asset. A safe, enjoyable space to socialise, and a way for people to access live music and other forms of entertainment right at the...