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fooking public transport and the bastards who use it. - The Paranoid Android
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fooking public transport and the bastards who use it.
It took me an extra hour and a half to get home yesterday.

In order to keep up with the following rant - you may want to brush up on the London Underground map!

Just before I got to Plaistow we were informed that the train would be terminating at the next stop. There was an unattended parcel on a train at East Ham. Eastbound trains between Plaistow and Upminster had been suspended.

Informing us of this just before we get to Plaistow is of no use, as it doesn't connect with any other line. We were informed that the next train to leave Plaistow in a west bound direction would be the one on platform 2.

I always get on the arse end of the train as there are less people there... and, as a rule, I don't like people. The train had pulled into the lay-by (Plat 1) at Plaistow which stops about the arse end of the main east bound platform (2). I had to walk the entire length of the train I was on (we'll call this train A) to get on the arse end of the train on platform 2 (we'll call this train B). Once on this train we sat about for a few minutes (and I took this oppertunity to call the wife to let her know I may be some time) until we were informed that Train B was now out of service and the first train to leave would be Train A.

Not wanting to risk missing the damn thing I got on the end closest to me (originally the front end) with about 5,000 other people. One stop is all I wanted. I stood and waited on the train and watch the "out of service" train B pull out of the station heading west.

Another train (C) arrived heading eastbound into the main platform and all the people got out of this and filled up the already full train I was on. There were now 3 train loads of people on the one train... and a train arrived at the main westbound platform (3). Of course - this train left first - virtually empty because who in their right mind wants to travel into London that late on a Monday night?

I was beginning to get severely pissed off and wanted nothing more than to meet the prick who had left their parcel on the train now sitting in East Ham.

Finally we set off. One stop later I'm at West Ham which has an interchange with the C2C line with stops at Barking and Upminster. As I arrive on the platform I see the 19:39 is due... it was about 19:35 at the time. Ahhh - lady luck is back? No.

It is about 19:50 when the next train arrives... and that train is the 19:50. Confused? How can the 19:50 be here before the 19:35? The announcement on the train tells us that the driver of the 19:35 was unable to get to Fenchurch Street as there was a passenger on the line at Barking. So that's two fuck-wits who have contributed to my delays on the way home.

I finally get to Upmister were I have a choice of two buses, or a train home... if the train is running. There is a train in the platform. It is crammed full of people. There is a distinct lack of any information as to whether this train will be leaving soon or, indeed, at all.

The buses would take me about 20-30 minutes to get home, the train 5... if it left. I try to weigh the options. As the train is already full it would indicate that it has been waiting there for a while. As no-one has told the passengers that the train will not be moving then surely it must be moving soon?

As it happened - it didn't move for another 10 minutes.. and then it was only going as far as Dagenham East (which is fine for me - but it was sure to piss off at least a few of the other passengers.)

When I finally arrive at Elm Park there are people getting on the train still unaware that the train is only going as far as the next stop. There were no announcements about the problem, the information board at the entrance of the station still showed the District Line as "Good Service"

I'm not sure who I'm more mad at: the fucktard who can't keep their belongings with them, the fucktard who wants to go walking across the lines at Barking, or all the fucktards who work for the London Underground system who can't be arsed to keep the passengers informed. It was almost a quarter to 9 before I got home.

Current Mood: pissed off pissed off
Current Music: The Small Faces - Tin Soldier

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teya_uk From: teya_uk Date: March 22nd, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
ouch .. you could have almost walked home faster! and it would have been good practise for that marathon thingy you're doing later ...
bekijane From: bekijane Date: March 22nd, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Mornington Crescent!

Godz but I'm glad I live in the countryside, where a traffic jam really is one car and a tractor stuck behind the milk herd. I hate London if I stay for longer than two days.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: March 22nd, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Mornington Crescent!

I'm a real city boy... when properly informed about problems on the journey ahead I can still get from a to b with the minimum of fuss... I just hate it when they don't give you accurate or timely information.

London is great if you don't like people... even though you may be surrounded by them they so rarely interact with you. :)
bekijane From: bekijane Date: March 22nd, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Mornington Crescent!

I can't live in a city for more than six months. I've come to the conclusion it's because I can't take the mind-clutter, all the pressure that comes of so many other people all around me. I need space. I also need to see open countryside and not buildings.

There is one city I could probably cope with long term. New York, but that's because the place is alive, it has a heartbeat and a pulse and it breathes. The cityscape is as incredible as landscape. I love London to visit, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't grab me and shake me like New York does.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: March 30th, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Mornington Crescent!

I have only visited New York the once, and then only for a few days. I loved it there, but I'm not sure if I lived there it would be much different from London. The newness (to me) of the place would only last so long. Once that attraction had gone I'm not sure there would be much to separate them.

I have just spent 4 days at the coast in a small town. I have climbed hills and ate lunch a stones throw of the sea. The air was clean and crisp.

This morning I returned to work in the heart of London. As I got out of the station the stench of the city hit me like I had walked into a brick wall.

For all of that I could never move out to the coast, permanently away from city life. There is too much city in me.
cham From: cham Date: March 22nd, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
friday i was due out for a friends birthday in london... so basically i was going to take the train in and go straight from there... then i woke up about 20 minutes late and realised that i would get to work so late that i wouldn't be able to leave early... so i took the car... got on the m25... there was an accident... on the other side of the road. so everyone on my side of the road had to slow down to see what's going on. so after being stuck on the m25 for an hour, i was about to get on the m11... the other side of the m25 had been closed off and everyone was going up the m11... about 10 minutes later there was an accident on the m11 so everyone started going down the m11... the way that i wanted to go. stuck in traffic... it takes me about 25 minutes to drive normally... but it took me 2hours 45 minutes!

it gets worse... then i leave work early thinking yeah i'll get into london on time... had to go home then take a train back in... north circlular... 5 car pile up... so it took me about an hour and a half to get home... i get home and no-one is ready to even leave yet... didn't get into clapham until about 9 o'clock!!
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: March 23rd, 2005 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Traveling sux0rs... you're smart - invent a telleport device.
cham From: cham Date: March 23rd, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
it's funny you should say that because we were discussing this in great detail at work today lol
wossisname From: wossisname Date: March 23rd, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

All the joys of public transport.

I know what you mean JDP,it happened to me often and I thought I'd become immune.Misinformation or no information can seriously get on your tits but the neanderthal herd otherwise known as passengers really take the biscuit.I was going to Braintree so it's Romford to Shenfield,Shenfield to Braintree.Simple enough???Not when you've got track maintenance somewhere north of the Watford Gap.So it's train to Shenfield then bus to Chelmsford,train to Witham then bus again to Braintree.Sure it was a pain but what can you do but grin and bear it.At Shenfield you've got the usual crowd going to London coming into the station and the diverted mass trying to get out to the buses.I'm going to be late and so are my fellow divertees so no need to rush. Wrong!!!!!.The usual wouldn't say boo to a goose guy turns into a rampant bull let into a herd of cows.This happened getting out of the station and on to the bus,to be repeated at Chelmsford so much so that the police were called when testosterone levels went off the scale.It defies any known logic, is it our English reserve masking a volcano waiting to erupt or are we just self centred,egotistical,ignorant bastards.
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