Friday, May 31, 2013

Busy stations

What fun. I have been to four of the 24 most busy railway stations in the world, ok, three were in Japan.

8. Tokyo (we just followed the signs. So simple)

17. Omiya ( it did not seem big. We were on our way to the transport museum, on from Omiya on a rubber tyred guided driverless train)

22. Ueno (yes, it is big and busy, but not crowded and user friendly)

24. Gare du Nord (I don't think it should be on the list, only there because it seems really busy because of British passport control for Eurostar)

I am not saying the stats are dodgy but if you want a feeling of a busy station that is not coping with the numbers travelling, try Melbourne's South Yarra Station at 8am or Sydney's Town Hall Station, also at 8am. Forget the stats. Australia does the perception of crowded and busy stations in first world countries better than anywhere else in the world, methinks.


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  1. Oh I don't know about that Andrew. Try any of the London ones at rush hour. Take your pick from Charing Cross, London bridge, Cannon street. Just don't try and go in the opposite direction to the commuters and for heaven's sake never, ever have a suitcase with you!

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    1. I can imagine Fun60. I have heard Bank is the busiest.

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  2. before the city loop, Flinders Street Station was FRIGHTENING at 5:10pm weekdays and so was the huge policeman who used to blow his whistle at jaywalkers in the mass of pedestrians crossing to their trains.

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    1. I remember it Em Stacks, thousands coming down Swanston Street and thousands getting off the St Kilda Road trams. A cop is needed there now to control traffic.

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  3. I never imagine Australia as much of a "train" country, and yet I know that you have established commuter services especially in Melbourne and Sydney. I didn't consider that your stations would be very busy so interesting to find that out.
    I'm with Fun60, I need to be at London Victoria next Tuesday for the Gatwick Express train - that should be fun!

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    1. Craig, at one time every little country town either had a train or wanted one. Like there, these were all closed down and the remaining country lines neglected. Large regional towns have almost ok train services. At least London is civilised enough to have trains to its airports.

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  4. Funnily enough I was on the train today Andrew. The new station in Perth city is pretty nice, very well organized..you'll have to give it a critique when you come over :)

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    1. Grace, Perth is constantly held up here as an example as to how to do rail construction efficiently and cheaply.

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  5. ooh yes some of the Tube stations get manically busy. Especially if there are issues and they have to shut the gates. Ugh.

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    1. Fen, I have seen the shutting of the gates in tv programmes. Quite sensible really. Australia needs to look to England and Europe for public transport techniques that they have developed.

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