McGuinness on…what a difference a day makes (on the tube)

Posted on March 16, 2011


Monday 14th March – Evening Standard reports that only one day in the previous year (May 11th) all the tubes ran on time, without problems, all day.

Tuesday 15th March – Evening Standard doesn’t run any stories or letters or comments about the Tube at all.

Essentially, what this offers us is a chance to catch up on what’s been happening on the tube over the past few days. While the Olympics has gone a little bit wrong with regards the Visa cards online purchasing and the clock in Trafalgar Square breaking down, the tube doesn’t seem to have been particularly bad. *Touches wood*

A monopoly on the Olympics, Visa had some teething problems on ticket purchases

So who’s in charge of the big bad wolf?

Peter Hendy said that he’s the man who can make the trains run on time earlier this month; a modern-day, (hopefully) less tyrannical Mussolini. And disillusioned commuters can take their frustrations out on Tube boss Howard Collins next Tuesday to reveal their displeasure at the relentless inconvenience of the Jubilee and Victoria lines.

Will this make everything better? Probably not, but like everything in life, it feels like a weight off your chest if there’s someone you can blame and you dump on them.

It’s not all bad, though – because the Tube’s so terrible at the moment about 11m of us are owed a rebate on our travel costs!

When chauffeurs go mentalA drawn-out dispute between a bus driver and his passenger ended up with a misguided attempt to take a photo and a chance meeting in which the driver headbutted the passenger later that day. As much as some people annoy me when we all bundle together on the bus or the tube, such as one woman today who blurted out about her friend interview Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys and the singer’s apparent cocaine habit, or the chap across from me who snored whilst being fully awake, I’ve yet to lose my rag.

Yet. Time will tell.

Cost cutting might be ill-advised

Trying to keep the Tube running on time, on budget and to everyone’s satisfaction has proved a nightmare, so no surprises that reducing the amount of money (relatively) available might have consequences!

There has been a suggestion that fewer checks near the depots will reduce the time required to get rolling stock on the network and make ‘the trains run on time’. Of course, the consequences are heavy; there’s more wear and tear from the elements at many of the depots, which are above ground, so increasing the chances of trains being stuck in sheds and unable to be useful. Conundrum.

To be fair, though, if any of us had the answer we’d also have a job with the outfit.


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