The Anonymous Widower

A Stopover At Lincoln

Although my ultimate destination was Sheffield to see Ipswich Town play, I had brunch with an old friend at Lincoln on the way.

In some ways Lincoln and its station is a very sore point in the UK’s rail network. And my brief visit flagged up many of them.

The rail service from London for an important city like Lincoln, is inadequate despite many promises of direct trains from the capital. I changed at Newark and the train from there to Lincoln was a very clean, but very crowded Class 153. But then it was run by East Midlands Trains, who aren’t exactly famous for providing services that customers want, as my trip earlier in the week to Derby showed.

I found the information at the station to be up with the worst in levels of inadequacy.  I knew that our meeting place; Carluccio’s was in the High Street, but I ended up walking the wrong way down it, as maps were not of the standard that many places now have. If they want to get tourists from London on the eight hundredth anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta in 2015, they ought to get some wayfinding experts in to advise.

There is also the infamous level crossing that causes endless holds-up to pedestrians and drivers going about their business.  Surely, this relic of the nineteenth century should be done away.  But as Beeching removed the obvious solution, it looks like it is something that the city will have to live with for some time.

October 5, 2013 - Posted by | Travel | , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. […] thought the level crossing in Lincoln was a disgrace, but this one is much more […]

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  2. […] at Lincoln are going to create a lot of congestion. I discussed this infamous crossing in this post. A new footbridge has been approved which could help, but this level crossing really needs to be […]

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  3. […] are also places on cross-country routes like Lincoln, where level crossings and long freight trains, are a big source of annoyance. These points of […]

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