In-convenience for passengers on Worcester - Malvern - Hereford line after toilet break at Henwick

Malvern Gazette: WE APOLOGISE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE: The Henwick signal box and outdoor toilet in St John’s, Worcester. Picture: Paul Jackson.	0613241601 WE APOLOGISE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE: The Henwick signal box and outdoor toilet in St John’s, Worcester. Picture: Paul Jackson. 0613241601

TRAINS travelling through Worcester had an unscheduled stop after an unfortunate signalman got stuck in the toilet.

Passengers found themselves being held up at the Henwick signal box in St John’s on Wednesday afternoon after the man who was meant to be controlling the signals made an ill-fated dash to a Victorian outdoor toilet.

The disruption was publicly announced as “signalling problems”, but one mischievous web forum user lifted the lid on what really happened when he posted Network Rail’s official incident log.

It shows that trains were being forced to stop at Henwick after all contact was lost with the signalman.

The driver of the 15:13 Hereford to London service is then reported to have got out of his train and walked to the signalbox to see if he could sniff out the problem.

The next update simply states: “Local operations manager is on site and the signaller is stuck in the toilet.”

Network Rail apologised for the “unfortunate incident”.

“Much of the railway is still controlled from Victorian signal boxes, which often have outside loos,” a spokesman said. “Our plans to modernise the railway will see control moved to state-of-the-art regional control centres, where unfortunate incidents such as this simply wouldn’t be an issue. We apologise to anyone whose journey was delayed or disrupted.”

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8:15am Mon 11 Feb 13

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

'Network Rail apologised for the “unfortunate incident”.'

Surely they should have apologised for the inconvenience!
'Network Rail apologised for the “unfortunate incident”.' Surely they should have apologised for the inconvenience! Arthur Blenkinsop
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9:17am Mon 11 Feb 13

spider666 says...

I have a number of questions

No1 - Was it a No2
No2 - Was it a No1

Please respond so i don't get pee'd off
;-)
I have a number of questions No1 - Was it a No2 No2 - Was it a No1 Please respond so i don't get pee'd off ;-) spider666
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9:26am Mon 11 Feb 13

brooksider says...

Another example of our railways going down the pan.
There is a movement to improve them but the Government keep poo pooing them.
The way they are cisternmatically dismantling a once great industry hardly leaves them flushed with success.
Another example of our railways going down the pan. There is a movement to improve them but the Government keep poo pooing them. The way they are cisternmatically dismantling a once great industry hardly leaves them flushed with success. brooksider
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10:04am Mon 11 Feb 13

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

Groan...............
......... :-(
Groan............... ......... :-( Arthur Blenkinsop
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10:57am Mon 11 Feb 13

spider666 says...

brooksider wrote:
Another example of our railways going down the pan.
There is a movement to improve them but the Government keep poo pooing them.
The way they are cisternmatically dismantling a once great industry hardly leaves them flushed with success.
Good one,made me chuckle
[quote][p][bold]brooksider[/bold] wrote: Another example of our railways going down the pan. There is a movement to improve them but the Government keep poo pooing them. The way they are cisternmatically dismantling a once great industry hardly leaves them flushed with success.[/p][/quote]Good one,made me chuckle spider666
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11:31am Mon 11 Feb 13

More Tea Vicar says...

Arthur Blenkinsop wrote:
'Network Rail apologised for the “unfortunate incident”.'

Surely they should have apologised for the inconvenience!
....brilliant.
[quote][p][bold]Arthur Blenkinsop[/bold] wrote: 'Network Rail apologised for the “unfortunate incident”.' Surely they should have apologised for the inconvenience![/p][/quote]....brilliant. More Tea Vicar
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11:34am Mon 11 Feb 13

More Tea Vicar says...

Though you're all flushed with the success of your postings....a serious point if I may...

Surely this is the kind of infrastructure modernisation we should be investing in.

Rather than blowing billions on that pointless HS2, we should be modernising the kind of Victorian infrastructure that still seems to underpin so much of our railway system.
Though you're all flushed with the success of your postings....a serious point if I may... Surely this is the kind of infrastructure modernisation we should be investing in. Rather than blowing billions on that pointless HS2, we should be modernising the kind of Victorian infrastructure that still seems to underpin so much of our railway system. More Tea Vicar
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12:17pm Mon 11 Feb 13

imustbeoldiwearacap says...

More Tea Vicar wrote:
Though you're all flushed with the success of your postings....a serious point if I may...

Surely this is the kind of infrastructure modernisation we should be investing in.

Rather than blowing billions on that pointless HS2, we should be modernising the kind of Victorian infrastructure that still seems to underpin so much of our railway system.
Couldn't agree with you more. Government couldn't organise a p*ss up in a brewery!
[quote][p][bold]More Tea Vicar[/bold] wrote: Though you're all flushed with the success of your postings....a serious point if I may... Surely this is the kind of infrastructure modernisation we should be investing in. Rather than blowing billions on that pointless HS2, we should be modernising the kind of Victorian infrastructure that still seems to underpin so much of our railway system.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree with you more. Government couldn't organise a p*ss up in a brewery! imustbeoldiwearacap
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12:42pm Mon 11 Feb 13

spider666 says...

imustbeoldiwearacap wrote:
More Tea Vicar wrote:
Though you're all flushed with the success of your postings....a serious point if I may...

Surely this is the kind of infrastructure modernisation we should be investing in.

Rather than blowing billions on that pointless HS2, we should be modernising the kind of Victorian infrastructure that still seems to underpin so much of our railway system.
Couldn't agree with you more. Government couldn't organise a p*ss up in a brewery!
Don't you mean they couldn't organise a p**s down a victorion rail network loo
[quote][p][bold]imustbeoldiwearacap[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]More Tea Vicar[/bold] wrote: Though you're all flushed with the success of your postings....a serious point if I may... Surely this is the kind of infrastructure modernisation we should be investing in. Rather than blowing billions on that pointless HS2, we should be modernising the kind of Victorian infrastructure that still seems to underpin so much of our railway system.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree with you more. Government couldn't organise a p*ss up in a brewery![/p][/quote]Don't you mean they couldn't organise a p**s down a victorion rail network loo spider666
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1:53pm Mon 11 Feb 13

More Tea Vicar says...

imustbeoldiwearacap wrote:
More Tea Vicar wrote:
Though you're all flushed with the success of your postings....a serious point if I may...

Surely this is the kind of infrastructure modernisation we should be investing in.

Rather than blowing billions on that pointless HS2, we should be modernising the kind of Victorian infrastructure that still seems to underpin so much of our railway system.
Couldn't agree with you more. Government couldn't organise a p*ss up in a brewery!
Indeed, and it's not just THIS government, either.

Improving regional airports, road and rail would make a lot more sense than HS2 and London airport expansion.

And investing in Worcester's transport infrastructure makes a lot of sense. I am all for preserving heritage, but not at any cost. Replacing a lot of our Victorian bridges would relieve road choke points, and the railway stations are still a joke.
[quote][p][bold]imustbeoldiwearacap[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]More Tea Vicar[/bold] wrote: Though you're all flushed with the success of your postings....a serious point if I may... Surely this is the kind of infrastructure modernisation we should be investing in. Rather than blowing billions on that pointless HS2, we should be modernising the kind of Victorian infrastructure that still seems to underpin so much of our railway system.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree with you more. Government couldn't organise a p*ss up in a brewery![/p][/quote]Indeed, and it's not just THIS government, either. Improving regional airports, road and rail would make a lot more sense than HS2 and London airport expansion. And investing in Worcester's transport infrastructure makes a lot of sense. I am all for preserving heritage, but not at any cost. Replacing a lot of our Victorian bridges would relieve road choke points, and the railway stations are still a joke. More Tea Vicar
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2:46pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Samboy says...

What has a sticky door in a signal box toilet got to do with the government?
What has a sticky door in a signal box toilet got to do with the government? Samboy
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3:03pm Mon 11 Feb 13

courtesycall says...

"The driver of the 15:13 Hereford to London service is then reported to have got out of his train and walked to the signalbox to see if he could sniff out the problem."

Sniffing someone on the toilet is surely beyond the call of duty!
"The driver of the 15:13 Hereford to London service is then reported to have got out of his train and walked to the signalbox to see if he could sniff out the problem." Sniffing someone on the toilet is surely beyond the call of duty! courtesycall
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3:45pm Mon 11 Feb 13

BadgerMash says...

Glad to hear that the signalman in question has an acccessible toilet. The same cannot be said for passengers using Great Malvern Station. For most of the day there is no toilet and during the limited hourse the ticket office is open you have to ask permission to use the facilities like a child who can't be trusted. What must tourists and business people think of us?
Glad to hear that the signalman in question has an acccessible toilet. The same cannot be said for passengers using Great Malvern Station. For most of the day there is no toilet and during the limited hourse the ticket office is open you have to ask permission to use the facilities like a child who can't be trusted. What must tourists and business people think of us? BadgerMash
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4:00pm Mon 11 Feb 13

More Tea Vicar says...

Samboy wrote:
What has a sticky door in a signal box toilet got to do with the government?
Blame Margaret Thatcher...seems to be the standard response to any problem for most people.

But the story, and the attendant picture, just seemed to point up how dilapidated our infrastructure is.

Seems odd that that Victorian building is within sight of our brand new library.

I'd have thought it would be sensible to be modernising and automating our infrastructure, re-building old bridges etc, and bringing the whole thing into the 21st century.
[quote][p][bold]Samboy[/bold] wrote: What has a sticky door in a signal box toilet got to do with the government?[/p][/quote]Blame Margaret Thatcher...seems to be the standard response to any problem for most people. But the story, and the attendant picture, just seemed to point up how dilapidated our infrastructure is. Seems odd that that Victorian building is within sight of our brand new library. I'd have thought it would be sensible to be modernising and automating our infrastructure, re-building old bridges etc, and bringing the whole thing into the 21st century. More Tea Vicar
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4:14pm Mon 11 Feb 13

spider666 says...

BadgerMash wrote:
Glad to hear that the signalman in question has an acccessible toilet. The same cannot be said for passengers using Great Malvern Station. For most of the day there is no toilet and during the limited hourse the ticket office is open you have to ask permission to use the facilities like a child who can't be trusted. What must tourists and business people think of us?
It's the same at Droitwich Spa --unfortunately it's a sign of the times,if they were left unlocked all day then they would no doubt be wrecked or used for drug taking.
[quote][p][bold]BadgerMash[/bold] wrote: Glad to hear that the signalman in question has an acccessible toilet. The same cannot be said for passengers using Great Malvern Station. For most of the day there is no toilet and during the limited hourse the ticket office is open you have to ask permission to use the facilities like a child who can't be trusted. What must tourists and business people think of us?[/p][/quote]It's the same at Droitwich Spa --unfortunately it's a sign of the times,if they were left unlocked all day then they would no doubt be wrecked or used for drug taking. spider666
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8:16pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Lew Smoralz says...

More Tea Vicar wrote:
imustbeoldiwearacap wrote:
More Tea Vicar wrote:
Though you're all flushed with the success of your postings....a serious point if I may...

Surely this is the kind of infrastructure modernisation we should be investing in.

Rather than blowing billions on that pointless HS2, we should be modernising the kind of Victorian infrastructure that still seems to underpin so much of our railway system.
Couldn't agree with you more. Government couldn't organise a p*ss up in a brewery!
Indeed, and it's not just THIS government, either.

Improving regional airports, road and rail would make a lot more sense than HS2 and London airport expansion.

And investing in Worcester's transport infrastructure makes a lot of sense. I am all for preserving heritage, but not at any cost. Replacing a lot of our Victorian bridges would relieve road choke points, and the railway stations are still a joke.
Forget HS2 and build us a Northern Link!

Our sewage system in Worcester is struggling to cope, and Victorian drains are collapsing, after 100+ years.

Only the "rich boys" will gain any benefits from HS2, and we need our existing infrastructure brought into the 21st century and give us all some benefits.
[quote][p][bold]More Tea Vicar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]imustbeoldiwearacap[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]More Tea Vicar[/bold] wrote: Though you're all flushed with the success of your postings....a serious point if I may... Surely this is the kind of infrastructure modernisation we should be investing in. Rather than blowing billions on that pointless HS2, we should be modernising the kind of Victorian infrastructure that still seems to underpin so much of our railway system.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree with you more. Government couldn't organise a p*ss up in a brewery![/p][/quote]Indeed, and it's not just THIS government, either. Improving regional airports, road and rail would make a lot more sense than HS2 and London airport expansion. And investing in Worcester's transport infrastructure makes a lot of sense. I am all for preserving heritage, but not at any cost. Replacing a lot of our Victorian bridges would relieve road choke points, and the railway stations are still a joke.[/p][/quote]Forget HS2 and build us a Northern Link! Our sewage system in Worcester is struggling to cope, and Victorian drains are collapsing, after 100+ years. Only the "rich boys" will gain any benefits from HS2, and we need our existing infrastructure brought into the 21st century and give us all some benefits. Lew Smoralz
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11:30am Tue 12 Feb 13

More Tea Vicar says...

Lew Smoralz wrote:
More Tea Vicar wrote:
imustbeoldiwearacap wrote:
More Tea Vicar wrote:
Though you're all flushed with the success of your postings....a serious point if I may...

Surely this is the kind of infrastructure modernisation we should be investing in.

Rather than blowing billions on that pointless HS2, we should be modernising the kind of Victorian infrastructure that still seems to underpin so much of our railway system.
Couldn't agree with you more. Government couldn't organise a p*ss up in a brewery!
Indeed, and it's not just THIS government, either.

Improving regional airports, road and rail would make a lot more sense than HS2 and London airport expansion.

And investing in Worcester's transport infrastructure makes a lot of sense. I am all for preserving heritage, but not at any cost. Replacing a lot of our Victorian bridges would relieve road choke points, and the railway stations are still a joke.
Forget HS2 and build us a Northern Link!

Our sewage system in Worcester is struggling to cope, and Victorian drains are collapsing, after 100+ years.

Only the "rich boys" will gain any benefits from HS2, and we need our existing infrastructure brought into the 21st century and give us all some benefits.
Indeed. It is easy to see how our local transport could be upgraded; improving the A449 and the A38 for a start, at least one new railway halt - not just Norton, but maybe one west of the river...

So much that could be done with the billions currently earmarked for HS2.
[quote][p][bold]Lew Smoralz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]More Tea Vicar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]imustbeoldiwearacap[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]More Tea Vicar[/bold] wrote: Though you're all flushed with the success of your postings....a serious point if I may... Surely this is the kind of infrastructure modernisation we should be investing in. Rather than blowing billions on that pointless HS2, we should be modernising the kind of Victorian infrastructure that still seems to underpin so much of our railway system.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree with you more. Government couldn't organise a p*ss up in a brewery![/p][/quote]Indeed, and it's not just THIS government, either. Improving regional airports, road and rail would make a lot more sense than HS2 and London airport expansion. And investing in Worcester's transport infrastructure makes a lot of sense. I am all for preserving heritage, but not at any cost. Replacing a lot of our Victorian bridges would relieve road choke points, and the railway stations are still a joke.[/p][/quote]Forget HS2 and build us a Northern Link! Our sewage system in Worcester is struggling to cope, and Victorian drains are collapsing, after 100+ years. Only the "rich boys" will gain any benefits from HS2, and we need our existing infrastructure brought into the 21st century and give us all some benefits.[/p][/quote]Indeed. It is easy to see how our local transport could be upgraded; improving the A449 and the A38 for a start, at least one new railway halt - not just Norton, but maybe one west of the river... So much that could be done with the billions currently earmarked for HS2. More Tea Vicar
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7:16pm Tue 12 Feb 13

grumpy woman says...

Poor bloke. Stuck in the carsey and in the national newspapers. Gone viral. Been panned.
Poor bloke. Stuck in the carsey and in the national newspapers. Gone viral. Been panned. grumpy woman
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