October 26, 2010 at 9:19 am #74305
After having read all these stories about people going crazy finding empty docking stations I just would like to share the nightmare I enjoyed on the tube yesterday evening.
It all stated with a puncture on my Brompton at Bank around 7pm which forced me into the Tube. I live at Highbury so I would have had to go to King’s Cross to catch the Piccadilly line. However, since a poor chap went unter a train at King’s Cross, the Piccadilly line was suspended and Kings X was closed. I went to Oxford Circus to catch the Victoria Line to Highbury/Islington. After having arrived there, I learned that there was no Victoria Line servic from Oxford Circus as well. Finding a free cab was impossible. I ended up walking to Tottenham Court road, catched the Tube to Euston and finally managed to get on a Victoria Line train.
The entire odyssey took 1.45 hours and costed around quid – walking from Bank to Highbury would have been faster.
Just to put things into perspectiveOctober 26, 2010 at 10:34 am #80684
Sympathies, though a quid can’t have been too much of a hardship.
When you think about the complexity of London transport and the huge demand for it, it’s a wonder it ever works, but the nightmares though mega-inconvenient and frustrating are thankfully quite rare. Or maybe it just seems that way since they shut down the tubehell website!
My own Brompton collapsed under me on the way home earlier this year when the main tube broke at the weld next to the folding bracket. I was carrying no cash, so had to shlep the bike back to the office in the hope that someone was still there who could lend me the bus fare home. Luckily the finance director was on hand to spare me a tenner.
Also luckily, Brompton repaired it for free, fixed some other snags, and stuck on loads of new components! It was like a brand new bike for a while.
Oh, as I was typing I just got an update email from Barclays!October 26, 2010 at 11:34 am #80685
It seems that the guy who went under the train at Kings Cross was pushed!
Murder investigation now open.October 26, 2010 at 11:38 am #80686
Jesus.October 26, 2010 at 11:53 am #80687
jaffacakesParticipantOctober 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm #80688
congokidParticipantOctober 26, 2010 at 2:16 pm #80689
jaffacakesParticipantOctober 26, 2010 at 2:53 pm #80690
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