Monday, May 14, 2007

A couple of conversations...

Cloth-eared nuff-nuff: Hey Bruce, your train set is a shambles and the proles are emailing me to sort it out

Fat controller: Hi Lynne, I thought you had your spam filter set to max so you didn't see those?

Cloth-eared nuff-nuff: One got through from Bracksy. Anyway mate, gonna have to fine you $10m

Fat controller: Yeah no worries, cheque's in the mail

Cloth-eared nuff-nuff: Thanks mate, see you for a glass of Chardy next Thursday

Next Thursday...

Fat controller: Hey Lynne, the usual?

Cloth-eared nuff-nuff: Yeah, thanks Bruce

Fat controller: You know, we're struggling to meet financial targets this month

Cloth-eared nuff-nuff: Oh dear, how much are you short?

Fat controller: Umm, about $10m will cover it

Cloth-eared nuff-nuff: No worries mate, cheque's in the mail! Cheers!

Fat controller: Cheers!

While we're talking about The Age, have a look at Alan Attwood's comments...

I have a dream in which an army of commuters - all of us from the 8.17 or 8.33 or the 8.44 via the Loop - stream out of Parliament Station, past the newspaper guy and Louis the Big Issue vendor, and head not to our offices but across Spring Street to the steps of Parliament House. There we gather in an angry mass, serried ranks of pent-up frustration, doing a Peter Finch and declaring we're mad as hell and are NOT going to take it any more.

I'm up for it, anybody else want to join in with Alan's protest?


Blogger Onski said...

Great Stuff mate.

The trains are in shambles, so much so that I get angry when the trains are on time. I base my day around the trains being delayed. I leave work at 5:00 knowing full well I will have no problem catching the 5:01.

Is this right? Hell no!

I stand on the platform at 830am about to board a train to go to the city. I see up to four trains going the other direction, all empty. While the few going city bound are full to the brim. I know you need to circulate the trains but come on, that is a waste.

The cynical me would say they just send a whole heap of empty trains outbound to ensure they increase the percentage of trains arriving on time. Shame on me for thinking they would ever consider such a thing.

Hey hey, whats that smell? Oh it is the body odur of that person next to me. Surely in an air conditioned train you shouldnt be sweating. But hang on the air conditioner isnt blowing. Turn it on, we are dying back here folks.

When is the train arriving? Maybe if Preston, the premier station, had a electronic board we could see when the train is arriving. But no it is just a premier station in name only. Where Rosanna Station has a board and that is just a basic station.

Now dont get me started on the fact that the maps still have Zone 3 on them. The poor tourists wouldnt know what to do. Connex would have known well before the removal of Zone 3 that it would happen, but no they are too slow to print new stickers by the date or even months after. I wish shops were that slow in replacing signs. Might still be able to get petrol at 67 cents per litre.

And why oh why cant we have a train that constantly does a loop of the loop? How hard is it to get to Southern Cross or Flinders from Parliament in the afternoon? Dont tell me to get the tram!

It is a train system Connex, it is not rocket science. A train goes on a track from A to B. Thousands of kids around the world have train sets that dont crash or get delays. Hey they even stay on the track, imagine that!

Get it right Connex, your job is simple.

Mr Onski

14 May, 2007 14:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's go

14 May, 2007 16:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they chenge the timetable by cutting down the number of train operating.
Shall we pay less for our ticket. Like let say, 3.00 for daily ticket? I think that's fair.
You pay less if you get less.

14 May, 2007 17:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well. Connex on time running performance for April reveals that 92.0% of trains ran on time when the trigger for compensation is 92%, so there is no compensation this month.

I wonder who records and puts together these statstics. If its Connex, I hope the government are auditing the statistics very carefully each month.

14 May, 2007 18:33  
Anonymous kosky_sux said...

You know that 6 minutes late is on time so that means the real number is much lower and yes who checks them good question?

I agree with cw let's protest at spring street

14 May, 2007 19:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, another day another delay.
I've started by own blog:

15 May, 2007 08:46  
Blogger Connex Whinger said...

Speaking of protests, how's this one in Argentina...

17 May, 2007 05:57  
Anonymous kosky must go now said...

Fat chance of anybody protesting like they did in Argy-Bargy land. We need that here to kick that bitch out.

20 May, 2007 17:00  

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