Letters on Transport to the media
From E.A. Gibbins CMILT
“The editor welcomes letters ….”, is not a promise to publish even if it corrects inaccuracies with verifiable facts. This web site is devoted to letters on transport – based on documented, verifiable research – responding to articles and readers’ letters in various newspapers, and on radio & TV, which contained inaccuracies or were out-of-context – most of which were not published. Files are being examined to select more letters to add to the list. Whilst some letters may have been rejected on grounds of length – which were no longer than necessary to answer inaccuracies – parts of the letters could have been used.
If the media devoted half as much space to publishing implicitly solicited letters, based on researched & source-identified facts, as they did to critical articles and readers’ letters, the image presented of BR would have been more balanced and would have recognised that journalists had an understanding of the real world. They also suffer from “circumstances beyond our control”, whether it be badly smudged typescript, over-typed text in ‘quality’ newspapers, duplicated articles in the same edition or “gremlins”.
The main excuse – if they offer one – for non-publication, is ‘lack of space’. The irony escapes them that they criticised BR for failing to find seats for passengers presenting themselves without warning a few minutes (or even, seconds) before departure, whilst they cannot find space when they have 24 hours or more to play with! A careful review of some of the trivia for which space is found, and checks on validity of some claims might solve the problem.
railway closures (including Beeching)
Letters on other subjects will be added soon