Robert Hampton

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29th July 2011

Undertaking is a breach of the Highway Code
Posted by at 7.33pm | Trains | 1 response

United Utilities sent a letter to our home recently enclosing a notice about our sewers, presumably to comply with some legal niceties.


It’s fairly mundane stuff, until you get halfway down the page and find this little nugget (click to enlarge):-

This notice does not apply to private sewers or private lateral drains which: 1. are owned by a railway undertaker; or

The phrase “railway undertaker” conjures up an image of a funeral director who loads coffins into the 0821 to Southport. I suspect however, it means undertaker in the sense of “an undertaking” – i.e. a railway company. Presumably there is some arcane law which requires specific reference to be made to “railway undertakers”.

It’s yet another legacy of how important the railways were in the good old days – I suspect there are thousands of these laws still on the statute books.

I found it amusing, but maybe I should be worried about the staff at Aigburth station going to the toilet – if the sewers are not maintained by United Utilities, where does the waste go?

28th August 2010

On the Right Track
Posted by at 12.02pm | Trains | 1 response

I interrupt the Brighton odyssey to bring you an important newsflash… MY TRAINS ARE BACK! Yes, after five weeks of engineering works and rail replacement bus services, normal service has been restored, and I am once again being comforted by the familiar whine of Class 507 traction motors at the end of my garden.

We are promised that this will be the last extended closure “for three years” – which invites the worrying question of what they’ve got planned in 2013. But Merseyrail did at least recognise that it has been inconvenient for scores of passengers, and sent out some staff on Wednesday morning to pass out leaflets at the bus stop:

Merseyrail Thank You Leaflet

On the other side is a voucher to get a cup of coffee for just 50p at any MtoGo shop – rest assured I will be presenting this at Liverpool Central on Monday morning.