Tue 13 September - OK this morning...
Seems a few people are not happy with yesterday's entry. Here's what I said... "The 07:14 arrives at Ripponlea late and pulls in later still after a wait alongside the tennis centre." At 07:11 the enquiry system advised the next train would be in five minutes. Sure enough it was 07:16 as the doors closed, so that was spot on. My watch is almost to the second accurate to the clocks on Flinders Street station.
I didn't time the delay at the tennis centre but I'd have guessed somewhere close to a minute, doesn't really matter. The fact is that I stepped off the train at 07:31, which is three minutes late. If Sparkdriver could get access to the CCTV footage from the station he could see himself pulling up at that time.
So tell me where I got any of that wrong.
But let's not confuse simple statements of facts, and these are facts, with any feelings I might have about all this. It doesn't ruin my day being three minutes late. I am not casting aspersions on anybody's competence by stating these facts. I am simply telling it like it is.
Yes it annoys me when trains are cancelled with no notice. But I blame the Connex administration for that. Sending an SMS alert to say that a train is cancelled after its scheduled departure time is slack - convince me otherwise. Having a train arrive at the platform at Flinders Street minutes after it was due to depart is slack - convince me otherwise. They're the issues that annoy me. So to answer Sparkdriver's question - the whingeing will stop when Connex management addresses these issues.
I checked my watch against the Flinders Street clocks again this evening. We concurred that it was 17:42:40 when the 17:38 departed with no apology for the delay. By my watch it was 17:57 when we disembarked at Ripponlea, six minutes late. Unfortunately there was no secondary source with which to check my time, so I have to leave that unverified. Since this blog is for my own purposes, I don't really give a toss what anybody else thinks anyway, I'm just stirring.