Last week we were left a note on the whiteboard of our tiny local train station saying that from 1st October all trains to London, Waterloo would be leaving 3 minutes earlier. This seemed like a good idea and I was quite glad of being able to arrive in work at 9am rather than just past the hour.
Instead of a sane reason for delays…the train people have decided that the age old joke for delays is actually a valid excuse
So I arrived in at the usual time, because I had forgotten, and wondered why people were running down the car park. Being the commuter sheep that I am, I joined them and jogged over the bridge to the platform and arrived just as the train was pulling into the station. I then
felt sorry for those who had forgotten about the change who were wishing the train could have chosen today to be late and sat back to enjoy the near hour journey.
Frustratingly and for reasons not explained to us, we arrived late at Waterloo by 10 minutes. This does happen quite often and I suppose I might be less stressed if we were given some reasons on board and not when I read the news in my break. Instead of a sane reason for delays – like the annoying people who cause the doors to re-open five times because they’ve squashed themselves on the train with their asses hanging out – the train people have decided that the age old joke for delays is actually a valid excuse for delays.
Yes, people, trains have been running since 1830, we can get men to the moon, grow square watermelons, clone animals but can we run modern trains on time?
Update 5 October 2005
For the last 6 days my train has not arrived on time. Today it sat outside of Surbiton station for 20 minutes and then again outside Waterloo for 10! Puts me in such a good mood for the day.
Update 9 March 2006
I have begun to document the late arrivals of SWT.