Monday, November 14, 2011

What is it with London?

My posting on this blog has been quiet of late. I have been finishing work late all this week and have not bothered to go online to publish my blog. Very often you get the one bad day on the London service but the next day things are back to normal. But not this week, it has been a week of continual delays. It makes no difference whether you come out from London along the Chelsea Embankment, through Kensington or Knightsbridge. Either of the 3 obvious routes results in delays. It has been a week of delays every afternoon and I begin to wonder why people bother. I have worked 5 shifts that have departed London Victoria Coach Station at either 15.30 or 16.30

I sit in my coach stuck in London traffic watching the people walk past on the pavement getting on with their lives. Then the thought strikes me, nowhere else around our country have I seen so many people walking around. I think the reason is that London traffic is so bad that people living in London have given up and started walking everywhere. London traffic has become so bad for everyone, that local people choose to live, shop and work within walking distance.

Once I got onto the motorway, the journey back to Cardiff was rather predictable. The delays in all my journeys were due to congestion between Victoria and the Brentford flyover on the M4. Every day I was late into Cardiff Central Station and I wonder when things might improve or if this is how it is going to be for the rest of my working life. I clearly got the impression that this is how it is going to be forever.

The delays into Cardiff were...

Wednesday - 35 minutes
Thursday     - 35 minutes
Friday         - 55 minutes
Saturday     - 15 minutes
Sunday       - 40 minutes

If you decide to come to London, then okay, make that journey. But when you decide to travel back be very careful about your return departure time. Thinking about leaving London Victoria Coach Station at 15.30 or 16.30 - forget it, you may as well stay on until the traffic eases.
I agree Steve, traffic going into London is bad but coming out is even worse!! But one of the problems is the fact that the company we work for put ridiculous times on the timetable!!! The times are unachievable, pure and simple.
It doesn't attract customers it just pisses them off!!!
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