On an unrelated note, the enforced queuing around platforms 1 and 2 of Glasgow Central is why I now avoid boarding Avanti services there and instead board at Motherwell. I don't think any other station does this for Avanti (From my experience at Euston there was no queuing) and I find it a lot of hassle.Has anyone got a reason why Blackpool North is, as it is ?
Its been a restrictive station (both to public and enthusiasts) ever since the late 1970’s, it could well be even longer. As long as ive been alive, even as a kid, North swept the platforms of people, locked entrance and enforced queuing / ticket checks until boarding.. I know Ive missed countless 6 car white stripe class 104’s by running out of seats / time before they closed the barrier.
is it just a hang over from the 1960’s heydays when dozens of trains would be in rapid rotation ? Or is there a more recent reason ?