Wednesday, October 12, 2005

It's dial 111 out east too...

Mark D emails from the East line this shocker this morning: Thanks for the story Mark. Hopefully you'll get a taxi or cop car to your rescue next time.
So I'm sitting in the southern line train heading towards britomart when we stop just past Orakei to the announcement there'll be some delays....
Seems the train infront of us had stopped, broken, and generally wasn't moving - the location - somewhere over the water/basin/estuary or whatever its called between Orakei and the Brit.
As I snidely commented "I wonder if we'll get busses or Taxi's like those westies...." a ticketer wandered in saying "looks like it'll be around 30 minutes, we're looking at getting you guys taxis or buses..."
That didn't happen thou as 30mins later the train starts moving again and we're on our way....
I took a PXT of the stuck train but all you see in the distance is a white smudge, looking much like my ticket from yesterday after missing the train by 10seconds and haunting Panmure station in the murderous
rain yesterday morning :()
God the train system sucks....

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Blogger Gary F said...

Isn't it ironic that these sorts of delays often seem to occur a reasonably short distance away from many of the passengers' final destinations? Obviously a lot of people on Mark's Southern Line train would have been going to end their journey at Britomart.

It's interesting to think that the passengers in such a situation could have virtually walked down to Britomart from where the train had stopped within the thirty minutes that it was stationary.

A similar occurrence happened with a Western Line service that I was on once. The westbound train ended up sitting in the crossing loop at Henderson for a good half hour, with a significant number of the passengers having to wait all that time just for the train to move a hundred metres or so along to the platform.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Miles said...

It's certainly bizarre.

7:45 PM  
Blogger James Pole said...

Yeah, I wonder why they didn't just organise a bus or taxi vans. Would not have cost Connex much for the 5mins journey to Britomart.

Henderson. Well yeah one evening the train went up to the station then stopped just before pulling in the platform. Stayed there for about 5minutes. Then it finally pulled into the platform. Was very odd, I have no idea why that happened. Perhaps there was a problem with the down-train or something at the platform.

BTW it should be Eastern Line as the Southern Line does not go via Orakei.

10:14 AM  

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