Thursday, March 02, 2006

Thu 2 March - Squeaking in again...

Like most mornings lately, the 07:14 just squeaks in to make it another green.

Having absorbed around 15 litres of other people's sweat into my clothes, I have one simple message for Bruce "Sir Topham Hatt" Hughes... it's time to go. Now. Right now. Don't even bother saying goodbye. Just clear your desk and go. You are an absolute disgrace. How you can take your monthly salary with a clear conscience is beyond me. You are utterly pathetic.

At 17:06 we're told the 17:07 is not running. At 17:41 we're told the 17:17 is not running either... although my guess is most people have probably worked that out by now. At 17:42 we're told the 17:27 is on platform 12... say what?! Suddenly I realise all those thousands of people on platform 10 are Sandy line passengers. They all surge towards platform 12, as do the hordes currently on platform 8. No chance I'll get there, so I'll wait and see what happens. As platforms 8 and 9 empty a train rolls in... surprise! It's the 17:38.

All the people who have raced over to platform 12 surge back to platform 9 and begin jamming themselves in. We're chockas as we eventually depart. We're nominally the 17:38, but we leave at 17:49. Hundreds more jam in at Richmond and South Yarra. Nobody can move. People are getting shoved all ways as we pull into each successive station. Finally we get to Ripponlea some 17 minutes late.

So let's try to summarise... we presume the 16:57 ran. After that the next departure was almost exactly 50 minutes later. Bearing in mind they're supposed to be about every 10 minutes, that's utterly hopeless. You had to be there to see how bad this was. Meanwhile, Sir Topham will be travelling home in his luxury limo, blissfully unaware of the chaos back at the station.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been living in clifton hill for the past year while previously spending years on the sandy line. i had to go to sandy last night, utilising the sandy line (i use that term utilising loosly)... I forgot how absolutly crap it is. Yesterdays episode was out of control... I was one of the many plebs on platform 12 and they said the next train would be the sandy... they couldn't even get that right, it was a slow moving diesel... and as for walking through a construction yard littered with tools, cement and tiles...

03 March, 2006 09:21  
Blogger vlinewhinger said...

Must have been the night for cancelled trains, my V/Line train (16.55) was cancelled and replaced by buses last night from Spencer St (uhh sorry Southern Cross Station!). I don't think there has been a night this week that V/Line has managed to run all of the peak hour services as trains to Geelong. But wait! We have the V'Locity Fast trains now ... everything is OK! (NOT!) I've put a few people from work onto your site, so you might get some more feedback. We have a few connexwhingers here too! :)

03 March, 2006 11:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Long time reader, first time commenter, blah blah blah... I have never been on the Sandy line, but do feel your pain. I travel on the Cranbourne line daily. I have been on 9 services so far this week, and only 3 have been less than 10 minutes late. 2 have been more than 20 minutes late. Its out of control, this has been the worst week in a long time for the trains everywhere. Its going to be great when the Commonwealth games are on, we will be the laughing stock of the world, with our pathetic public transport system. Time to sack Bachelor, Bracks, Connex everyone, none can do their jobs properly.

03 March, 2006 13:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a debarcle this was. At least it was a bit cooler waiting on platform 12.

03 March, 2006 15:48  

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