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Spent about seven minutes on a Thameslink train earlier *shudder*
The Fat Controller lets so much nonsense just slide.
Bunch of pricks
has been cancelled 3 out of 4 times this week, and has a 22% chance of being WITHIN FIVE MINUTES of its scheduled time.
I get one from Elephant to Blackfriars each morning just to save time on my route into work. They're frequently delayed and they're absolutely ramshackle. I do hope they lose their franchise.
I'd heard it was changing but wasn't sure when. Not sure we'll notice much of a difference.
To pick up some lost property. That station deserves an entry in the bleak things thread.
even by the usual train operator standards
their twitter timeline on a weekday morning is just one long stream of woe
I know it's difficult to believe, but it's true.
I get a train in the mornings to work that only runs every half an hour. One day I got to the station and the train was pulling away nearly four minutes early which is just not on, especially for such an infrequent service, so I decided to email them and tell them to make sure it didn't happen again. Not to get a refund or an apology, just so I could be sure I could get to the station a couple of minutes before the departure time and know I wouldn't miss the train.
So... I emailed, got a kind of stock apology about three weeks later. By chance, the same thing had happened the morning they decided to reply, so I emailed them back to tell them it had happened again.
I got this reply. [Should point out it was obvious from my email that I wasn't changing trains at Denmark Hill, I was clearly arriving at the station on foot]. Check out the third paragraph.
Thank you for your further correspondence received on 11 March 2015 regarding the early departure of one of our services.
I was concerned to learn that our service from Denmark Hill has departed a couple of minutes early on several occasions, causing you problems in getting to work on time. I appreciate the inconvenience and frustration this must have caused, for which I apologise.
Having checked our train running records; I can confirm the service has been departing 2 minutes early on the dates you have specified. Although I am unaware whether you are starting your journey at Denmark Hill or getting a connecting service, we do advise passengers to arrive for their journeys approximately 20 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. If you are getting a connecting service, there is a minimum connection time at Denmark Hill of 4 minutes.
Regardless of the above points, I do understand your frustration having been late to work as a result of this. Please be assured that your comments have been logged for the attention of our train planning team.
Thank you for getting back in touch and giving me the opportunity to explain.
Customer Relations Advisor"
Train companies are THE WORST.
The fourth paragraph could quite easily have read....
"Regardless of the above points, I do understand your frustration having been late to work as a result of this, even though you must understand that it is completely your fault, dickhead. Please be assured that your comments have been logged for the attention of our train planning team."
If you have arrived at the station by train you only need 4 mins, if you arrived by any other means go ahead and make that a solid 20.
doesn't do advance tickets, constantly delayed, been on several trains before that have managed to overshoot the station it was meant to be heading for, sometimes accidentally and sometimes intentionally (they changed the train info so it would go fast from Tonbridge to Ashford AFTER it had left Tonbridge :/ which bypasses about 4 stations), a complete mess on Sundays - trains to London go to a different terminus every week.
Southern has always been fine when I've used it. #controversial
Was at the train platform, waiting for the train. Just before its arrival, another train came bombing through the station (not unusual, it's the main line) but then our train disappeared from the board. An announcement comes over the P.A telling us all to go to the other platform for the shit slow train because...that was our train that had just steamed through and the driver had simply forgotten to stop! I didn't even mind. Hilarious stuff.
Just fucked it off. Brilliant.
took a wrong turn (a wrong turn! in a train!) and we had to sit there waiting for clearance, head back up the line, then re-join the correct route.
Not sure how many people would have realised it was anything other than a standard delay, but unfortunately for him he had to walk the length of the train to "reverse" it then come all the way back again, getting increasing amount of stick as it became clear what he'd done.
FanstastiC. Only yesterday I was saying how trains probably can't reverse...how wrong I was!
It's the signaller setting the wrong route.
Didn't realise we had any train professors on here.
The driver can only control the speed and brakes, the route is selected by the signaller and only then if the interlocking permits it.
So in answer to the post above too, yes trains can reverse if the signalling permits it.
Don't want to be that smug live abroad guy but the difference between the service/price/quality in mainland Europe and the UK is fucking staggering.
Over £100 for a return from where I live to Leeds (where TV lives) :/ Still nearly £80 with a youth railcard (reduces price by 1/3). it's over 200 miles but STILL, that is absurd money :( it's cheaper for me to get the train to Edinburgh (under £70 but double the distance).
A comparable distance (not quite) I do often is Brno to Prague. 205km as it's a round about route. At today's exchange rate a single is £5.60. No shit.
so jel. it costs £5.40 for a peak rate return to Tunbridge Wells, which is A GRAND TOTAL OF 8 MILES.
For 3 grand you can buy an entire year of unlimited train travel on any service for the whole country.
for the casual journeyer
It shouldn't cost £200 to turn up and get a return from Yorkshire to London.
I work on taxpayer-funded research and the amount we spend on travelling to meetings is just scandalous, and we do everything we can to be frivolous.
It's Cross Country by absolute miles.
But they have to deal with New St, so probably not completely their fault.
TransPennine isn't great. Generally reliable, but chronically short of carriages.
appears to recruit mainly from Middle Earth. The other night I asked one of the orcs when the delayed train was expected to arrive, he frowned, looked at the board for about 5 minutes, turned back to me and simply repeated "delayed", and then decisively walked off as if the matter was solved.
Especially when all of their drivers fucked off for better pay and they had to cancel loads of services.
Not cancelled. It's been diverted at New Cross Gate onto the fast line to Sydenham byapssing Brockley, Honor Oak Park and Forest Hill. To make up for lost time. Catch the train before to Sydenham and wait for the train there. If it doesn't turn up, then it has been cancelled from London Bridge.
Usually I get to the station 2 mins before the 0735, so there's no "before" train.
In fact, yesterday I was going to work later (0905 or something), checked before I left: CANCELLED. Well, not cancelled, but cancelled at Brockley, HOP and Sydenham. So I left early to get the Overground to Crystal Palace. Got to the station to see the 0905 was sat in the middle tracks, completely empty, and EARLY (it wasn't yet 9am), waiting for a red signal at Forest Hill. Caught the Overground and had to sprint up the steps at Crystal Palace over to the other platform to make it (which I did, *just*).
They see London metro routes and it's population as an inconvenience. I imagine the directors day-dreaming of owning a franchise that only sell five grand season tickets to commuters, go fast from zone 6 to the zone1 and only runs on Mon-Fri 6am-10am & 4pm-8pm.
ScotRail. And they're actually pretty good. And going to get better now they're bringing in the old HST sets to replace the 170s.