Take Two

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INTERESTING revelation by Transport Minister Norman Baker, as reported in Saturday’s Star.

He reckons the cost of fare dodging at Sheffield Train Station could be almost £14 million a year because there are no barriers blocking the hub’s bridge. Two words: absolute nonsense.

If the Lib Dem MP – who favours privatising the station’s publicly funded thoroughfare – can explain how he arrived at the estimation I’m sure we’d all be intrigued to hear.

Otherwise, another couple of words spring to mind: thin air. As in, plucked out of.

INCIDENTALLY, I got in touch with station managers East Midlands Trains back in September about the possibility of doing an in depth feature on the station.

I wondered if the new MD David Horne would like to meet me there, say 5pm on a Friday, so we could really get to grips with ‘on the ground’ issues.

We’ll get back to you, I was told. Three months on, not another word back. Strange that.

INCIDENTALLY (again) perhaps three months isn’t that long to wait for a reply given the amount of time you have to spend queuing for tickets there.

Hardly, the turn-up-and-travel service the railway was once envisaged as.

HATS off to Jessica Ennis who has revealed she will be running around Sheffield’s seven hills as part of her festive training regime. Fair play but she also noted she’d be taking Christmas Day off.

One wonders what Daley Thompson would make of that. The decathlete legend famously trained twice on December 25 because he knew his rivals wouldn’t.

AND finally a couple of readers wonder how The Star team did in the annual Sheffield Hallam University Christmas quiz which I mentioned in Thursday’s Diary.

Let’s just say we didn’t cover ourselves in glory. There were 13 teams – and we didn’t quite make the top 12.