Dale Haslam's train blog: It will be a doddle using the station

The Bolton News: Dale Haslam Dale Haslam

WHEN I started using the trains about 20 years ago, mainline stations were nothing to write home about.

You would be lucky if they had an unlocked toilet, let alone a place to get a cup of tea while waiting in the cold.

These stations have come an awful long way since then and most have shops, cafes, waiting rooms, a bicycle storage area and even bars, Manchester Piccadilly being a wonderful example of a dramatic turnaround.

Last week I heard about an innovative plan to make even more use of (and profit from) mainline stations. After a successful trial in Milton Keynes, Network Rail is set to roll out its Doddle business to 300 stations across the country.

This will allow people to buy something online from a variety of retailers and collect it from the station.

More impressive still, the centres will have changing rooms, so those snapping up clothing will be able to try on their purchases and, if they do not fit, send them back there and then.

We do not yet know where the Doddle centres will be, although the first ones will be in the South East, at London Waterloo, London Cannon Street and Brighton. Hopefully, the service will soon arrive at Bolton station.

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9:54am Mon 30 Jun 14

wsw69 says...

What a good idea!

I read about this scheme last week and think it's got mileage. The more places the better where busy people, who are doing more and more online shopping, can collect their stuff can only be a good thing.

Let's see the same in bus stations, town halls, churches and community centres.

"The packages on platform three are delayed for collection due to the wrong kind of leaves on the line" - Sorry, I couldn't resist. :-)
What a good idea! I read about this scheme last week and think it's got mileage. The more places the better where busy people, who are doing more and more online shopping, can collect their stuff can only be a good thing. Let's see the same in bus stations, town halls, churches and community centres. "The packages on platform three are delayed for collection due to the wrong kind of leaves on the line" - Sorry, I couldn't resist. :-) wsw69
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