I travelled by train to Lynn and was sad to see just revenue staff and a contract cleaner on the railway station there.
Upon my return, I was gob-smacked that the cleaner made no attempt to pick rubbish up apart from that in the bins by the doors. Before I was persuaded to take early retirement, I was train cleaning supervisor and every member of cleaning staff checked and cleaned all rubbish. Fares go up and staff numbers come down. WHY?
When I joined the railway, I started as a guard on loco-hauled trains and working one service out of Lynn and to Liverpool Street. A female had boarded wearing a white skirt. Upon me going through the train after leaving Lynn, I came across this same female with her dirty shoes up on the seat opposite and she had the cheek to ask me why the seats are always so dirty? I politely told her that with passengers using seats as foot rests, it was bound to happen. She immediately put her shoes on the floor. Nowadays and despite signs on the windows, some passengers still find a ‘need’ to put their feet up on seats.
Brian Baylis, Wimbotsham