I get the 07:33 from Edinburgh to Bridge of Allan each morning.
The train is usually at platform 12 well ahead of departure time, which should allow plenty of time for boarding.
On Tuesday Morning (19th Sept). Only on train door was open (at rear of train). The door opening buttons on all other doors were disabled. After walking the length of the train most passengers returned to the rear of the train, boarded and then walked the length of the train inside to find a seat. Those with bikes or heavy luggage who needed to use other doors were left on the platform. After waiting some time, I found the guard was sitting in the compartment at the rear of the train and was unaware that the doors were all locked and that passengers were unable to board.
On Wednesday (20th Sept). The train was completely locked up until a few minutes before departure. This meant that queues built up on the platform instead of passengers being able to board at leisure. One door in the middle of the train was not unlocked and passengers with bikes and heavy luggage who needed access through this door were left on the platform until immediately before the train departed (when staff unlocked it separately).
If the train is at the platform, and passengers have arrived, there should be nothing stopping them from boarding and from using all doors.
When only one door serves the larger luggage racks and bike storage area, it is important that your staff ensure this door is unlocked.
- By Bruce McAdam on 20 Sep 2012
- Sent to ScotRail on 20 Sep 2012
- 1 Paul Hollinghurst added an update close 18:54 09 Oct 2012
Bruce McAdam added an update and marked the problem as fixed.
08:45 10 Oct 2012
[Reply received from ScotRail 28th Sept]
PO Box 7030
Tel: 08456 015 929
Fax: 01397 708 239
Our Ref: SR/6730018
Thank you for your email of 20 September 2012 regarding your journeys from Edinburgh to Bridge of Allan on 19 and 20 September. I am sorry that you have had cause to complain.
I was very concerned to learn that on both these occasions the doors on the 07:33 service were locked and passengers' were unable to board the train.
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- 3 Bruce McAdam added an update close 10:06 11 Oct 2012