Page 5 of 20 FirstFirst ... 234567815 ... LastLast
Results 41 to 50 of 196
  1. #41
    Resident pedant Triggaaar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Goldstone
    Posts
    37,944


    1 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by Weststander View Post
    This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
    The Germans had a clean sheet in 1945 to start again.
    According to my European friend, their service is worse than ours. And by ours, I don't mean the ongoing Southern issue, but UK rail in general.

    They have strikes, cancellations, unhelpful staff etc.
    Hold tight, my man
    He's got the frisbee

    • North Stand Chat

      advertising
      Join Date: Jul 2003
      Posts: Lots

        


    • #42
      Chrissy Hughton Fanboy Guinness Boy's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jul 2003
      Location
      Up and Coming Sunny Portslade
      Posts
      13,589


      1 Not allowed!
      Think I got relatively lucky!

      Was on the 17.59 GX which at least kept going to Brighton without being terminated, though very, very slowly. I did have some woman's toddler throwing cardboard books at me and looking on the verge of throwing up. It crawled in 90 minutes late and at almost the same time as another train and had taken on board a whole Thameslink's worth of people at Haywards Heath, making three trains worth of people trying to get out of Brighton Station via one platform, through people stranded trying to get to London, but at least they had the sense to hold the Southampton train for a couple of minutes. If that had gone while I was boxed in there would have been every chance of a falling down moment. Add in two walks a tube ride and some crowd-congestion related fannying at Victoria and it was 4 hours door to door. Still, now I feel "fortunate"

      WFH today having totally missed the Belgium / Japan match. First order of the day, after posting this, will be my delay repay claim.

      Failing Grayling has made a network and franchise that was teetering on the edge in to a world wide laughing stock. There was a French guy who got on at Gatwick who couldn't believe the goings on. Thank Christ it's only two or three days a week for me.
      Brighton But Only At Home

      It's a blog. About home games. And some other stuff.
    • #43
      A. Virgo, Football Genius
      Join Date
      Jul 2003
      Posts
      24,905


      0 Not allowed!
      Quote Originally Posted by Weststander View Post
      This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote


      The infrastructure isn't fit for purpose.
      well there's the crux of the matter. and its not a recent problem, Southern driver shortage and indutrial dispute aside, in the 00's often had to take alternative routes due to signal failures. seems to me the capacity can only just cope with the number of trains, the back up system/process inadequate. we've a couple of week long closures coming up, hopefully they'll address some signalling infrastructure?
      Daily Mail readers are living in a perpetual hell, expecting their homes to be overrun at any minute by hoodie wearing, skunk smoking, muslim, transgender, asylum seekers.
    • #44
      Members
      Join Date
      Nov 2013
      Posts
      287


      0 Not allowed!
      The signalling issue was still ongoing this morning when I got into work, if it wasn't announced/you didn't hear it/don't particularly care about what happened yesterday it was a complete and utter flustercuck (I like it).

      The Southern side of London Victoria was shut for about an hour from 11:45 due to a service coming out of the station and coming up in a heap due to it losing power because it lost the shoe gear that contact the 3rd rail, once things started recovering from that there was a line side fire on the Epsom branch which required the power to be switched off so the fire brigade could deal with it, then there was a train that failed on the London Bridge/East Croydon line as the driver couldn't release the brakes, that took an age to clear the line blocking the slow line (and therefore most of the stations between LB and EC) I'm not too sure on the exact timings but once those issues were in the process of clearing up the signalling system went into a bit of a meltdown between Wivelsfield and Preston Park and a points failure at Redhill were the cherry on top.

      We'll be sorting it out for most of the day chasing our tails and trying to get stuff into the right place, not just the services but also the stuff that needs maintenance which could have a knock on effect as if its late for maintenance it could be late out again.
    • #45

      0 Not allowed!
      Quote Originally Posted by Weststander View Post
      This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
      Correct.

      And everyone hated British Rail with a passion, even though it only had to deal with half the passenger numbers.

      This goes beyond party politics.

      Britain has an early Victorian rail network, boxed in by urban sprawl, with horrendous bottlenecks such as Clapham Junction.

      The Germans had a clean sheet in 1945 to start again. The French simply buy up and bulldoze anything in the way of TGV routes and won't be slowed by beautiful ecology.
      Maybe the fact the British population and world in fact all wants to work in the London and the SE and this is simply too much for such a geographically small area has something to do with also? At some point there’s going to be a bottle neck if more and more people arrive at same destination point e.g. the underground in rush hour is horrendous regardless of whether railways are working. Waiting for 5th or 6th tube not uncommon.

      Still, at least the 3rd runway at LHR will help the road and rail congestion by bringing yet more people into London and the SE.
      "Never miss a good chance to shut up"
    • #46
      Members dazzer6666's Avatar
      Join Date
      Mar 2013
      Location
      Burgess Hill
      Posts
      22,078


      0 Not allowed!
      Quote Originally Posted by Guinness Boy View Post
      This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
      Think I got relatively lucky!

      Was on the 17.59 GX which at least kept going to Brighton without being terminated, though very, very slowly. I did have some woman's toddler throwing cardboard books at me and looking on the verge of throwing up. It crawled in 90 minutes late and at almost the same time as another train and had taken on board a whole Thameslink's worth of people at Haywards Heath, making three trains worth of people trying to get out of Brighton Station via one platform, through people stranded trying to get to London, but at least they had the sense to hold the Southampton train for a couple of minutes. If that had gone while I was boxed in there would have been every chance of a falling down moment. Add in two walks a tube ride and some crowd-congestion related fannying at Victoria and it was 4 hours door to door. Still, now I feel "fortunate"

      WFH today having totally missed the Belgium / Japan match. First order of the day, after posting this, will be my delay repay claim.

      Failing Grayling has made a network and franchise that was teetering on the edge in to a world wide laughing stock. There was a French guy who got on at Gatwick who couldn't believe the goings on. Thank Christ it's only two or three days a week for me.
      Caught the 18.05 at London Bridge which was incredibly more or less on time, but passengers were at least 4-deep on the platform, and it was standing room only when the train pulled in anyway (as is usually the case now with the 'through trains', so nowhere near everyone got on. I was squashed up against a pushchair and the poor kid very obviously filled his nappy somewhere near Gatwick - when even the mother starts to gag you know the smell is bad. Driver announced soon after leaving LB that the train would terminate at Three Bridges due to 'signal problems near Haywards Heath'. Was very slow from Gatwick to Three Bridges and we were turfed off there - must have been just after a train going south had left though because the usual platform for Brighton-bound trains was empty when we arrived. At this point I was in contact with junior who was returning from Clapham, and had been stuck near H Heath for about 30 mins. Had a c15 min wait at Three Bridges for a H Heath-bound train (Littlehampton service but I need to get off at Wivelsfield or Burgess Hill) which then took around 40 mins to get from Three Bridges to Haywards Heath - junior had only just got home when I got to Haywards Heath, so had taken a further 30 mins from HH to Wivelsfield (about 3 miles)

      Got the Mrs to pick me up at H Heath and arrived home around 8.20 so compared to others wasn't too bad I guess - trains were still being held on the platform at HH for ages, and the traffic around the station was bedlam too unsurprisingly. According to the last train driver there were 4-5 signals out either side of Haywards Heath so trains were being 'talked through' the area manually.
      "Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts"
    • #47
      Members Peter Grummit's Avatar
      Join Date
      Oct 2004
      Location
      Lewes
      Posts
      5,475


      0 Not allowed!
      Quote Originally Posted by Simgull View Post
      This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
      Train diverted from Gatwick ‘fast’ to Littlehampton. Driver has ‘no idea’ if any trains back to Brighton after that.

      Good ere innit.
      I was on this one, headed to Lewes. Classic example of prioritising stock movements over passenger needs. OBS was an aggressive bu**** too, unnecessary in my view. Platform staff did a job at LGW though. Annoyingly, 55 mins late at Lewes rather than the 60 which would have triggered a better Delay Repay. Don't forget to claim everyone!

      PG
      Harry!Harry!Harry!
      Brighton v Crystal Palace
      Games won: 38
      Games drawn: 25
      Games lost: 36
    • #48
      Members
      Join Date
      Jul 2003
      Location
      Sussex
      Posts
      19,877


      0 Not allowed!
      Did I see somewhere that they are going to refund a months travel to commuters ?
    • #49
      A different kind of pasty pasty's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jul 2003
      Location
      Bakers Bottom
      Posts
      24,565


      0 Not allowed!
      Quote Originally Posted by Napper View Post
      This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
      Did I see somewhere that they are going to refund a months travel to commuters ?
      I believe I have seen that as well. For annual st holders. They did the same 2 years ago and I got just over £400. Unfortunately I've not got an annual this year
      And coming on for Manchester United, Zlatan Ibrahimović
      WHO?
    • #50
      Members dazzer6666's Avatar
      Join Date
      Mar 2013
      Location
      Burgess Hill
      Posts
      22,078


      0 Not allowed!
      Quote Originally Posted by Napper View Post
      This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
      Did I see somewhere that they are going to refund a months travel to commuters ?
      Yes, but Ooop North........

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-44647812
      "Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts"

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •