Saturday, September 17, 2005

Summary 12-16 September

Not a good week for Connex with significant delays homeward bound for the first three days of the week. It goes without saying that none of these delays were announced by Connex, nor were they even acknowledged. So you can forget about apologies too.

So after this bad week, reds have slipped back up to 17%, orange is still 25% and green has dropped to 58%.

Mon 12/09Tue 13/09Wed 14/09Thu 15/09Fri 16/09
Mon 29/08Tue 30/08Wed 31/08Thu 01/09Fri 02/09
Mon 22/08Tue 23/08Wed 24/08Thu 25/08Fri 26/08
Mon 15/08Tue 16/08Wed 17/08Thu 18/08Fri 19/08
Mon 08/08Tue 09/08Wed 10/08Thu 11/08Fri 12/08
Mon 01/08Tue 02/08Wed 03/08Thu 04/08Fri 05/08
Mon 25/07Tue 26/07Wed 27/07Thu 28/07Fri 29/07
Mon 18/07Tue 19/07Wed 20/07Thu 21/07Fri 22/07
Mon 11/07Tue 12/07Wed 15/07Thu 14/07Fri 15/07
Mon 06/06Tue 07/06Wed 08/06Thu 09/06Fri 10/06
07:1407:14N/AN/A N/A
Mon 30/05Tue 31/05Wed 01/06Thu 02/06Fri 03/06
Mon 23/05Tue 24/05Wed 25/05Thu 26/05Fri 27/05
Mon 16/05Tue 17/05Wed 18/05Thu 19/05Fri 20/05
Mon 09/05Tue 10/05Wed 11/05Thu 12/05Fri 13/05
Mon 02/05Tue 03/05Wed 04/05Thu 05/05Fri 06/05
Mon 25/04Tue 26/04Wed 27/04Thu 28/04Fri 29/04
Mon 18/04Tue 19/04Wed 20/04Thu 21/04Fri 22/04
Mon 11/04Tue 12/04Wed 13/04Thu 14/04Fri 15/04
Mon 04/04Tue 05/04Wed 06/04Thu 07/04Fri 08/04

Fri 16 September - Orange again...

Just over a minute behind leaving Ripponlea drifts out to three minutes late into Flinders Street after a wait in the yards.

Just going to Richmond in the evening, meeting up to go to the MCG - on the 18:50 and it's just about on time. I might have a sad little life, but at least I was there the night the mighty Swannies blasted the last eight goals straight to make it into their first Grand Final since 1996!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Thu 15 September - Day off...

Contrary to some of the opinions expressed in the comments section of this blog, I have quite a satisfying and challenging life beyond the daily commute experiences with Connex. Today I'm enjoying a day off and will be taking my family out for a fun day... see I'm not always sad either!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Wed 14 September - Oops...!

I can't believe with all the focus on whether I'm accurately recording times or not, I forgot this morning! I do know that we departed a few of the stations about two minutes late this morning, but I met somebody at Richmond so was not thinking about it when we got to Flinders Street. There's a bit of a buffer in the timetable so my guess is we would've only been a minute or so late. In order not to offend anybody, let's call this one a green.

Not so coming home. The doors closed at 17:38, then we sat for five minutes. People were madly pressing the button to open the doors but we just stared mutely at them. Eventually we left and the train pulled up at Ripponlea six minutes late, just as it did yesterday.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Tue 13 September - OK this morning...

On time 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.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Mon 12 September - Back in sunny Melbourne...

Well OK, not really sunny, but neither was Perth.

The 07:14 arrives at Ripponlea late and pulls in later still after a wait alongside the tennis centre. Yeah, really good to be back!

Going home on the 17:27 that leaves at about 17:33 - we pull in to Ripponlea seven minutes late. And it's still raining... bet a weatherman on a commercial TV station tells us it's not falling in the catchment areas tonight!