The Anonymous Widower

Chaos Between London And Leeds

On Tuesday, I had booked myself between Kings Cross and Leeds on the 11:03 LNER train. My idea was to do a short round trip to Harrogate from Leeds before going across the Pennines to Manchester and sign in to my hotel, before going to see Ipswich play at Rochdale in the evening.

But it all went wrong, as someone decided to commit suicide and was hit by a train at Grantham.

Finally, I got to Leeds at around two, which was too late to carry out my plan.

  • I just missed a Harrogate train and it was getting too dark for photographs.
  • I eventually got a very crowded TrainsPennine Express to Manchester Victoria.
  • My supper was just a gluten-free egg and waterfresh sandwich from Marks and Spencer.

At least, I’d only paid just under thirty pounds for my First Class ticket to Leeds, which was only six pounds more than I paid to cross the Pennines.


This is the second time recently, after Did Someone Try To Steal The Electrification?, when I’ve been seriously delayed by problems on the railways, which are nothing to do with the trains or train companies.

Staff at LNER told me that suicides are common in November, as Christmas approaches.

Short of putting a security guard every hundred metres along the railway, I don’t think there’s a certain way of stopping these incyursions.

November 5, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | , , , ,


  1. “Short of putting a security guard every hundred metres along the railway, I don’t think there’s a certain way of stopping these incyursions.”. Perhaps putting more resources into mental health care and supporting the vulnerable would help?

    Comment by JohnC | November 7, 2019 | Reply

    • There has been a lot of work done in various places, but trespass and suicide or just plain accidents still happen.
      I’d like to see a three strikes and you’re closed rule for all railway crossings. If there are three serious accidents at any crossing across the railway, then it is immediately closed. It may be harsh, but locals would make sure they didn’t lose their crossing.
      As to cable theft perhaps we should use more battery and hydrogen powered trains, so the wires could be taken down.
      But in the first place better fences are needed.

      Comment by AnonW | November 7, 2019 | Reply

  2. What about starting a program installing platform screen doors or even rope screen doors (which are lighter and cheaper).

    Comment by William | November 7, 2019 | Reply

  3. LNER trains also very disrupted 6th/7th Nov, another passenger fatality incident on 6th and weather related power supply problems on the 7th. I know a number of people who use this line periodically (and I also use this line) and I would say that on-time rate for business day trips/overnights from London to Leeds is less than 80% (i.e. northbound at 8am, southbound to get back by 6pm)

    Comment by MilesT | December 2, 2019 | Reply

    • I know a driver on-line and they’re all getting fed up with the number of suicides. We should be able to fix the overhead wires, but they were put up on the heap!

      Comment by AnonW | December 2, 2019 | Reply

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