Tuesday, November 08, 2005

More trains,. more delays

How would Air NZ survive if it was as unreliable as the trains?
Those with end of year exams at this time of year can not afford to see their whole year's work disappear because you couldn’t make it to the exam on time.

Due to a mechanical fault the 710 Western line train from Britomart has been delayed by approx 15 mins.

Due to an earlier mechanical fault the 7.52am train service from New Lynn has been cancelled.

I love how the approx 15 mins delays delay becomes a cancellation.
I’m taking the car. This could become a habit!


Blogger Gary F said...

I'm usually inclined to take the trains at every single opportunity, but as you say I'm certainly not putting life and limb on the line (so-to-speak) by taking the train now and risking failing my exams. Thus, I am somewhat reluctantly travelling to school via bus or car for the short remainder of my university year. It shouldn't be like this.

10:38 AM  
Blogger James Pole said...

The bus service has been terrible lately as well - In the past week alone I've seen my local bus service arriving 10mins early to 10mins late. I've gotten into the habit of catching the bus 1 or 2 hours ahead of the exam so that if i miss one bus i can easily catch the next one and still turn up to the exam on time.

Luckly though today is my last exam! :-)

10:49 AM  
Blogger James Pole said...

By the way, Air NZ is pretty unreliable. It only survives cos people only fly with them for patrotic reasons and because you can only fly on AirNZ to certain destinations.

I've given up on Air NZ, and generally only fly on Qantas if I can. Planes have always arrived and departed on time on Qantas, whereas AirNZ has plenty of problems. Broken down planes, planes leaving late, ticketing errors, over-booking, and all sort of dumb things happen on a daily basis at Air NZ.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Miles said...

Hope your exams went well.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

Technical detail - the 7:10 goes all the way to Waitakere - the 7:52 NL train would be the return journey of the next outbound. Looks like they had a problem with 7:10 equipment, and "combined" the scheduled 7:10 and 7:19 outbound rather than cancelling. Outbound at 7am I doubt this caused any lack of capacity.

9:22 PM  
Blogger libertyscott said...

Of course Air NZ, except for the injection of capital, survives without subsidy - that's the difference. Difference between being contracted by ARTA to run some trains and being contracted by the passengers!

3:59 AM  

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