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Travels by train... and having to stand.

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Travels by train... and having to stand.

Reading a BBC news article earlier about a passenger prebooking seats only to find them occupied and in this particular case the pair doing so refused to give them up.

Crikey would I be annoyed, but what can you do about it?

Well nothing it seems according to the train conductor or the British Transport Police.

Me, I'd have taken a photograph or even better a video and 'named and shamed' them on social media.

 


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Re: Travels by train... and having to stand.

When is a seat reservation not a seat reservation?

Why, when it's  a seat reservation of course!

Reminds me of why I avoid public transport like the plague!

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Shock!  Horror!  You use social media!!!  😲

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Re: Travels by train... and having to stand.

Many times I've been accused of being in someone's seat. My standard reply : "Have you got the right seats in the right carriage on the right train ?"  "Oh, sorry" would be the usual reply.........

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Oh sorry would be the reply if they were polite, of course 🤞

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Re: Travels by train... and having to stand.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, we're not all made the same......

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Re: Travels by train... and having to stand.

@Champnet 

Presumably they would have a ticket that matched the one on your seat.

It did happen to me once and I gave it up with no problem - although I would find it one if they were rude or superior about it.

Rather puzzled that it's happened to you many times.


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@Minivanman Regular daily commuter in & out of Kings cross. Every trip was a fight to find an empty seat.

"Presumably they would have a ticket that matched the one on your seat."  Maybe they did but those seat numbers were replicated in every carriage and every train, hence my standard reply...

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Maybe they are, but the one you were sat in presumably had a ticket stuck in the back and regular commuter or not, it does not allow you the right or the excuse to be unreasonable.

But as you say, we are all different.


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@Minivanman wrote:

Maybe they are, but the one you were sat in presumably had a ticket stuck in the back and regular commuter or not, it does not allow you the right or the excuse to be unreasonable.


If the train was running late and needed a quick turnaround then the ticket sticker-in wouldn't have time to do the job...

Another quite common event. The announcer would say, for example,  "All reserved seats in coach E are now in coach D"

An announcement often unheard due to the onboard noise, or passengers arriving at the last minute.......

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Re: Travels by train... and having to stand.

Which is all fine and dandy, in which case I take it that if the passenger requesting their seat was able in a polite manner to validate it to your satisfaction, you'd vacate it. 

I certainly hope so. 

If it's OK for Jezza to sit on that floor between carriages.... 😃


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Of course I would, but I never sat in a reserved seat..........

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Can they actually be reserved on those busy commuter lines?

That would surprise me.


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Re: Travels by train... and having to stand.

Kings Cross and all major stops to Edinburgh............

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Reserved seats? On a Class 142 Pacer? 🤣