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Female staff on National Express's East Coast line connecting London and Edinburgh have refused to sport new uniforms because the blouses leave "little to the imagination" of passengers, the Daily Mail reports. The Transport Salaried Staffs Association said that staff had returned the offending clothing to the company …


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  1. Sparkypatrick
    Paris Hilton

    Good work by the Sun

    How could that not boost customer numbers?

    Paris as a guest conductor?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Come on Reg...!


  3. Steve

    Is this really a penny pinching measure....

    .. or is it a cunning advertising stunt? The number of passengers may actually increase!

  4. Robert

    aw come on

    This article, on the other hand, leaves much to the imagination. um, photo? or it didn't happen?

  5. Steve Renouf
    IT Angle

    @Good work by the sun

    Unfortunately though, I suspect most sights would, perhaps, not be quite as nice as that!...

  6. Robert

    oh, wait

    eh, can I take that back? nice.

  7. Anonymous Coward

    See through blowses

    Only attract customers if the women wearing them are attractive. I doubt many railway workers look like that Sun model.

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  9. michael

    leaves nothing to the imagion

    but you had no pictiures??

    shame on you :(

  10. Hollerith

    make it equal

    Give semi-transparent shirts to the male staff as well, and then we, the passengers, can all enjoy the portly, 52-year-old Reg coming down the corridor punching tickets as well as Debbie, mother of four and still struggling with Slimfast, blowing the whistle on the platform.

    Clearly their user-testing wasn't up to web-development standard. Personas, anyone?

  11. Calum n Shady

    Not only is it not a Rail worker...

    It's not even the offending blouse.! Please note use of the indefintte article in the picture caption.

  12. Jim Carter
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    I am suddenly

    Unable to leave my desk.

  13. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse Silver badge
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    Nice Tits.

    Nothing more to add.

  14. Doug Glass
    Paris Hilton

    New Law???

    If looking is illegal for you guys, or soon to be maybe, wont the blouses make all those who look at [through] them criminals?

    Paris because she did her best to cover Britney's nethers and can help here too

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Oh s**t!!

    Dear El Reg,

    are you trying to make us all criminals? I've just seen an image of something that might be naughty and/or offensive to someone which in another article on your site clearly states is or will become illegal under UK law.

    So please, no more potentially naughty picture just in case...


    ps: might start taking the train ....

  16. Anonymous Coward
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    pictures or it didn't happen.

  17. Svantevid


    "We are now liaising with the manufacturer."

    Is it legal to use a two-by-four on people who use such words?

  18. Ian Ferguson

    I say, what a smashing blouse


  19. Humph


    Munters in see-through apparel is something the average rail traveller can do without.

    One shudders at the thought.

    However, if the female staff are pleasing to the eye then we should mount a campaign to ensure they receive more than adequate financial compensation from their employer for opting to show off their lovely norks.

    *shudders deliciously at that thought*

  20. Anonymous John

    @ Come on Reg...!

    Or a Playmobil reconstruction.

  21. Anonymous Coward

    Talk about penny-pinching.

    Not only is the blouse very thin, it appears to have only two buttons and be in a child's size!

    It's also disgraceful that she cannot afford a bra on her salary!

  22. Al
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    Tell me....

    Is the Sun photo one of the National Express blouses, or is it an illustration of what a see-through blouse looks like for the benefit of its readers? Inquiring minds need to know, and so on....

  23. Pierre

    Now imagine...

    Just for the sake of equality, imagine now an oldish, hairy, chubby, pipe-smoking _male_ rail worker wearing the same fabric. Eww.

  24. Anonymous Coward

    "We are now liaising..."

    A little piece of me dies whenever I see the term 'liaising'.

    I just thought I'd interface with all of you on that.

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    At times of national crisis

    And for sure, the train manager's see through blouse crisis eclipses the credit crunch, I turn to a source I respect for its' authoritative and respected coverage. The London Review of Blouses.

    Cleavage Today. Your story is poor - there are no technical details here. What kind of material are these blouses, what colour pattern, how see through? Have you conducted tests? Where are the results?

  26. Kia Foster
    Jobs Halo

    I would think

    that business will increase 5 fold in this case,lol.

  27. Dan O'Donovan

    Cunning Stunt

    > National Express chief exec Richard Bowker is "famous for not wearing jackets or ties"

    Well that's a claim to be proud of, do you think that'll be his epitaph?

  28. Vladimir Plouzhnikov


    I did not see anything wrong with that part of the uniform...

  29. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    lots of reasons

    There are lots of reasons i would stop traveling on the east coast main line.... the staff wearing see-through shirts is definitely not one of them though...... i have principles y'know.

  30. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Simple solution:

    Just wear a T-shirt underneath that says: "My Boss is a W**ker".

  31. Alan Esworthy
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    I respectfully suggest the use of the uniforms worn by the submarine crew on the old and delightful TV series UFO. The outfit is ranked #2 in the Top 10 Science Fiction Outfits as seen here:


    (The #1 ranked outfit is simply...eye/mind-boggling but is primarily for the ladies.)

  32. Elmer Phud

    Divine Comedy

    They already managed one of the most enduring images of travelling by coach:

    "On the National Express there's a jolly hostess

    Selling crisps and tea

    She'l provide you with drinks and theatrical winks

    For a sky-high fee

    Mini-skirts were in style when she danced down the aisle

    Back in '63 (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

    But it's hard to get by when your arse is the size

    Of a small country"

    Please, not a see-through blouse as well!

  33. AC

    proper pictures

    or it didn't happen.

    that one there just says "a see-through top" not "the see-through top they are being told to wear"

  34. Daniel B.

    Increase Ridership!

    Of course, that is the goal they're pushing for!

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  36. Hate2Register

    Anyone got a picture?

    I really want to see a picture of the offending garment. Please someone help with an image of this...

    El Reg, for pitys sake get a photogragh...

  37. Anonymous Coward
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    Intentionally left blank.

  38. Neil Greatorex
    Paris Hilton

    AC @ 13:17

    "Only attract customers if the women wearing them are attractive"

    This is ostensibly an "IT" news site, therefore a fair percentage of the readership will be of the furry-toothed geek variety.

    Now, most of the furry-toothed geeks I come across, would crawl a mile over broken glass to get a glimpse of a pair of real norks, regardless of the attractiveness of the owner :-)

    Paris, for she has a pair of real norks, as any google image search will show.

  39. Jason Togneri
    Paris Hilton

    To summarise the concern so far,

    "Pix or STFU."

    Linky pic isn't a real NE employee.

  40. Cameron Colley

    Reminds me of an aire stewardess...

    ... whose bra slipped on a flight I was on -- it "perked me up" no end. Got to love CheapoJet uniforms.

  41. Anonymous Coward

    Luvely Jubbly :)

    oh the competition to the Virgin Express is overwhellming

    so what will Richards train-track dollys reply with, high-cut hotpants ???

    cant wait for the fight to hot up...


  42. Anonymous Coward
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    Good Policy

    Don't want to sound like a sexist male chauvinistic pig, but, I'd start to use the train if I got to see norks every day

  43. Danny Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    Can I stuff my fare down their bra?

    Okay, I did click on the photo link but just out of nostalgia, most of the girls at my school wore these blouses which is partly why I am so under-educated.

    It is a very serious issue though for two reasons. No body show be exposed to sexual exploitation at work unless they choose to be. Secondly, and much less PC, there is nothing worse for a passenger than seeing through a garment that you really would prefer to be opaque - train conductors ? Eugh.

    I am a sexist-feminist. I have a drop-dead gorgeous postwoman who I really wouldn't mind seeing in such a blouse, but I can't talk to her. I was trying to work up the courage to ask her out or even just talk to her when she rang my doorbell and said 'You've got a big package'.

    Paris, because that was the last journey my train went into a tunnel.

  44. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    I'm fairly sure I know who produces and sells them

    Good for them too!

  45. Michael

    Won't someone PLEASE......

    ......think of the health&safety implications!!!!!

    Mine's the high vis auditors jacket

  46. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    But why are there no pictures?

    Type your comment here — plain text only, no HTML

  47. elderlybloke

    Can't be bothered

    to go for a look.

    I must be getting old . or have seen too much of it/them.

  48. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Uggghhhhh tits

    OK forget the TIT parade for 5 minutes.

    Ohhhhh so the management really thought that they could pull a stunt like that and get away with it?

    You mean the managers are fucking idiots?

    Great shirt for a cold day. Morons.

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