Fri 27 January - And again...?
Again the cheery intercom voice claims the 07:59 will not run today. Again there's been no SMS alert to tell us so.
The 07:14 sits in the yards for several minutes so we arrive at Flinders Street seven minutes late.
When will I learn? I want to get away early and the 16:48 is cancelled. I figure the 16:57 will be too crowded so I'll catch the 17:07 instead.
When I get to the station entrance the board is showing the 17:07 is next, so all good. The monitors on platform 8 are showing that there's a 17:00 train next that's not taking passengers. As it's already a few minutes after five, that's not very encouraging.
The monitors go blank and then show the next train is the 17:17... uh oh! Then at about 17:10 they go blank and somebody announces the 17:07 is running six or seven minutes late. The monitors are still blank a couple of minutes later.
At about 17:13 we're advised the 17:07 is defective so the next train is the 17:17. In it comes. Needless to say we're packed and I might as well have done this 20 minutes earlier on the 16:57.
At 17:21 the SMS alert comes through to say the 17:07 is cancelled. Yeah, thanks Connex, I think we kinda figured that!