Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Clean up the homeless Mr Mayor

SO I take some friends along to show them the wonderful Brit and the train service. We go to enter the Brit at only 5.3opm and there lies a homeless right across the entrance.
People are having to literally step over him.
So much for security at the Brit.
Finally some guy goes and tells a security dude on the platform.
The guard wanders over and speaks to the homeless and calls for backup.
Anyone else notice how the homeless are lying around Queen St during the day now?
Mr Mayor, if they need social services get them organised. My friends were appalled and thought the Brit must be very unsafe if this happens in bright sunshine during rush hour.
On the iPod: Nothing, My iPod is broken. It won;t go. I feel like I have lost a close friend.


Blogger Peter said...

hey fella
what do you make of this story?

"About 90 per cent of trains now run on time or no more than five minutes late, compared with a dismal 50 per cent before the new timetables were introduced a month ago, when overall rail services were boosted 25 per cent."

Saw it on the Heralds site this morning.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

hope you get the ipod fixed soon!

11:30 AM  
Blogger Gary F said...

I personally was certainly impressed with how well the trains ran to schedule after the new timetables had been introduced, although I only rode them a few times.

Things are certainly starting to look up for suburban rail in Auckland now. The significance of a story like that being featured in the Herald is great, as it is likely to increase public confidence.

It's an especially good report when one contrasts it with the rather displeasing attitudes towards the trains that were expressed in the Herald earlier in the year.

9:08 AM  
Blogger James Pole said...

Yes, the timetable is excellent. The impact can be seen on the Western Line with all the trains I've caught running on time. The change from the semi-impossible 30mins frequency to 37mins frequency has improved the timekeeping.

Before the timetable trains were always being held at Avondale for up to 10mins (or sometimes even up to 20mins) for the opposite train to clear the single track. Now I have never seen this occur under the new timetable. I note the new timetable has trains passing eachother between Boston Road and Mt Albert so there is plenty of recovery time should trains run late.

Connex should be congratulated for doing such a good job. Shame on the old TranzMetro who designed the original timetable, knowing full well it was very difficult to keep to due to the lack of invisible 'recovery time' to to reduce the impact of late trains on the other trains on the network.

6:52 PM  
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5:45 AM  
Blogger Miles said...

Thanks -I didnt know about it but am set now. Appreciate the tip.
And yes the trains have got better. Let's hoper we have all helped with our comments and encouragement..

9:36 PM  

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