15 JANUARY 2018
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Luton Town fans off to see the FA Cup Match against Newcastle United last Saturday were thrown into a panic when the BBC local news North East at 18:30 on the Friday led with a story regarding possible chaos at the City Station the following morning.
It seemed that Network Rail was to start some major engineering works.
A quick look at the Virgin East Coast and the National Rail websites indicated no problems but the screen only showed the Friday and is updated at midnight. Somewhere there was note of possible schedule changes in the coming weeks due to track improvements. Perhaps this is what was read out!
In the event Saturday’s travel was faultless in terms of timekeeping and service. The same could not be said for the linesman at the match but that is another story.
The moral of the tale. Believe the local radio travel updates but when it comes to the trains (and sometimes the planes as well) TV is more interested in grabbing headlines. In today’s parlance it is “False News”.
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