Thursday, March 22, 2018

Good read about a shocking train trip

British public transport isn't too bad at all, but quite expensive by our standards. In general it is total mess of public and private ownership and innumberale authorities that control the many parts of the system, along with those who want to make a profit from the system. That is works at all is amazing to me. At times it goes wrong and again with generalisation, the private operating part of the rail system dominates when things fail.

It seems odd to me that the worst of the British rail system seems to be in the better outer extended areas of south east and south west of London. Nevertheless this bloke was only going to Dartford, a bit south east of London.

What a horrific experience. http://buzzsteam.com/2018/03/04/southeastern-commuter-train-stuck-at-lewisham/


22 comments:

  1. That sounded completely hellish. And badly mishandled. Before, during and afterwards.

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    1. EC, indeed. A first world country offering something that would not even happen in a third world country.

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  2. South East trains ( London to the Kent coast) are impressive as are most of the virgin trains
    The worst company is arrivea trains in Wales...bloody dreadful

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    1. John, that is not what I have read. But perhaps not as bad South
      Eastern trains. I will add the private Pennines Express rail company is crap too.

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  3. Sounds as if it was a right proper mess.

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    1. Debacle is a good word, Margaret.

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  4. When I first started working in London, I travelled from the south coast to London Bridge and back again every day. The service was sporadic, and after a really hard stressful day's work (I was on the Stock Exchange) the last thing you wanted was a delay. I suffered for six months before deciding to take a flat in town. I then gained about 4 hours a day. What a relief!

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    1. Cro, good decision about taking a London flat. The service you used seems like it is worse now.

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  5. That is really sad to read. Very, very sad. I almost cried when people were cramping up and wetting themselves. It's horrendous, that's what it is. And shameful on the part of Southeastern. Compensation should be swift and liberal; I hope they get oodles of cash, not just "here's a couple of free tickets now forget about it"

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    1. River, it was a long read and I did not know if anyone would bother. I agree, swift and liberal.

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  6. What a nightmare. Seems like public transpo is low on the budget in many countries, including the US.

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    1. Sandra, quite depressing really. People will only use public transport when it is good, fast and clean. In London as in New York, you would be mad to drive unless you had to.

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  7. Well Done Capturing The Monday Mural Photo.

    Cheers

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  8. What a horrible experience for all those travelling on that train!

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    1. Sami, and breached so many rules, it seems.

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  9. OMG! What a nightmarish experience! Could it possibly have been handled worse.. I don't think so. I got claustrophobic just reading about it 😶

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    1. Grace, that is what I felt too, and I expect many of those involved, both handling and claustrophobia.

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  10. Queensland Rail has nothing to boast about at present. God only knows what problems will arise....again....during the Commonwealth Games, which are due to start on 4th April.

    I, for one, will be watching The Games from the comfort of home.

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    1. Lee, and pray you are never wheelchair bound and want to use the loo on a new train. How could they have been so stupid! It is wise to watch from the comfort of home.

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  11. Compared to Belgian train service London or England is a paradise to me !! What I admire is the patience of the travellers, in Belgium after half an hour they would have demolished the whole train to get out !!

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    1. Gattina, Belgium must be a bit out of step with the rest of Europe then. The same would have happened here. People would have forced their way out of the train, but then our trains are powered by overhead wires, not a third rail, so we can walk along railway tracks.

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