Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Wed 15 February - Not the worst...

Sam kindly highlighted a very succint article by none other than the legendary Ben Schneiders yesterday - click here to read it. Seems the Sandy line was not the worst performer in January - commiserations to the Alamein line!

As Daniel Bowen of PTUA fame pointed out "There's been month after month lots of cancellations. It's high time that Connex and the Government took steps to actually fix it instead of making constant excuses."

While I might not agree with the PTUA's approach to fixing our problems, on this occasion I almost agree with Mr Bowen - except he doesn't go far enough. It's time for Bruce "Sir Topham Hatt" Hughes to make way for somebody who can do the job. And it's time that weasel Batchelor stepped down from his position too.

Anyway, the 07:14 is on time.

Get to the station in time for the 17:49 and the monitor on platform 8 reassuringly tells us that the next train from there will be the 17:49. Better than the last couple of evenings. But as we walk along the platform it updates to show the 18:01 is next. Uh oh. A few curses are uttered, not just by the Connex Whinger, and then it suddenly changes back to show the 17:49. Trouble is, once that's happened you're left wondering if it'll show - and as we get closer to the departure time we start to steel ourselves for the inevitable no show.

But, to our surprise, it pulls in with about a minute to spare, as per yesterday. And we leave a bit late, as per yesterday. And we get to Ripponlea about three minutes late.


Blogger Sharon Carpenter said...

Sam, did you see that news report on channel 7 after all? I saw the ad for it and mentioned it to CW travelling home but I reckon I missed it. I looked for it last night but it wasn't on. Was it on Monday night do you know?


15 February, 2006 16:58  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Yes, they showed it on Monday night. It wasn't that substantial, with nothing new for those of us who put up with Connex's crap every day, but at least it's keeping it in the front of people's minds.

16 February, 2006 09:40  

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