Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Tue 4 April - Happy birthday CW blog...

A year ago today I made my first daily post. What's changed since then? Well I'd have to acknowledge that reliability has improved a bit. The communication problem is manifestly as bad as it ever was. Weasel Batchelor is still the pathetic Transport Minister and Sir Topham Hatt is still the completely ineffective CEO of Connex. So not much really.

The 07:14 is pretty much on time. There are only six inspectors at the exit this morning, the rest must be on a tea-break!

"Sandringham train running two to three minutes late" says the announcer at 18:14. Well as it's not in yet, and it's already two minutes past the departure time, I think we can safely say that ain't gonna happen!

Anyway, we arrive at Ripponlea seven minutes late.

6 Comments:

Anonymous sam said...

Congratulations on the first birthday of the Connex Whinger blog Phil.

The results speak for themselves really.

Sam

04 April, 2006 13:00  
Blogger Connex Whinger said...

Thanks Sam. Fittingly my train is sufficiently late to score a red coming home!

04 April, 2006 19:55  
Anonymous Geelong Commuter said...

I hate connex... and i hate V-Line... im a V-Line user, living in Geelong and we dont have enough services, im doing an Oral Presentation about Public Transport not being efficient, Yr 12!

hope i do well.

04 April, 2006 22:00  
Anonymous Fun At Balaclava said...

Saw your letter in MX and thought I would check out your blog... A dream come true for me!! It's all I ever want to talk about and people just DON'T UNDERSTAND!!
I get on at Balaclava and take the 7.50 or 8.00, usually I'm running late so it's the 8.10 or 8.20... but honestly I can't even call it that since generally it ends up being the 7.52, 8.03, etc... Getting home I take anything from the 17.38 on an amazing day to the 18.24 or later.... and platform 13 features in my nightmares.

Got a few more things that piss off those of us "later travellers" who travel between 7.30 and 8.30:

- Full platforms. Have you ever seen anything like it? Esp since our line is a Flinders St direct line... We finally leave at 8.15, but instead of making it in at 8.26 we don't get in til 8.35 (hypothetically) because we spend ten glorious minutes staring at the view from underneath Fed Square, waiting for an available platform. What is wrong with these ppl?

- Arriving at platform 10 or 13. This is especially great when you are one of those commuters who prefer a particular carriage in order to alight at Elizabeth St exit or near the concourse. But if we arrive on one of these delightful platforms, all seventeen hundred passengers are trying to cram themselves on one staircase... and if you tried to get in the front carriage so you'd be the first one off and avoid foot traffic, aren't you lucky that you are now way behind the mass of ppl.

- Trams that are late and then hold you up from missing the trains... particularly true with regard to the trams that stop just outside Balaclava Station, they are timed to make it a minute or two before the train but never ever do... and there you go another ten minutes to wait.

I've fallen flat on my face and bruised my elbow trying so hard to make it to a train, I've had near asthma attacks running across to platform thirteen, I've made it into a train and left three younger children who were in my care waiting on the platform while the doors shut and the train moved on... I have had enough of Connex and don't I love a whinge!!!!!

09 April, 2006 18:16  
Blogger The Met said...

"Arriving at platform 10 or 13. This is especially great when you are one of those commuters who prefer a particular carriage in order to alight at Elizabeth St exit or near the concourse. But if we arrive on one of these delightful platforms, all seventeen hundred passengers are trying to cram themselves on one staircase... and if you tried to get in the front carriage so you'd be the first one off and avoid foot traffic, aren't you lucky that you are now way behind the mass of ppl."

You make it sound like a good thing. Would you prefer to jump out of a moving train in the middle of nowhere?

Yeah, i had the same problem, I've seen people have a heart-attack and fits of complaint because of walking 100m...

Holy Sh**! less than a minute of walking.

- Trams that are late and then hold you up from missing the trains... particularly true with regard to the trams that stop just outside Balaclava Station, they are timed to make it a minute or two before the train but never ever do... and there you go another ten minutes to wait."

Perhaps getting the tram 10 minutes earlier, or the service 'earlier.' I just love passenger who like to leave 3 seconds between everything.

Theres ten minutes waiting. And;
Theres ten minutes waiting.

"I've fallen flat on my face
and bruised my elbow trying so hard to make it to a train, I've had near asthma attacks running across to platform thirteen,"


Did you ever realise that there is usually a service after too.

You also might not want to try 'as hard' to catch a train. It's pretty simple.


I've made it into a train and left three younger children who were in my care waiting on the platform while the doors shut and the train moved on...

Well that isn't immensely responsible.


I have had enough of Connex and don't I love a whinge!!!!!
Don't you... I hint the sarcasm from the exclamation marks.

!!!!!

ALWAYS ALLOW BLOODY TIME FOR YOUR JOURNEY - you don't know what Connex has got up there sleeve.

Chris
http://whingingconnex.blogster.com

10 April, 2006 18:12  
Blogger Connex Whinger said...

Hi Fun at Balaclava - apologies for being a bit slow, I've been a bit slack in here lately...

It looks like we do share similar frustrations, that waiting in the yards and finally pulling into 10, 12 or 13 sucks. I hate 12 & 13, but 10 is worse for the exact reason you mention - all shuffling to get out that one exit!

14 April, 2006 07:02  

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