I am sure this will fall on deaf ears, but what do visitors from abroad think of our non-existant railways I do wonder?
I have to go to London for a lot for meetings. Like last week, I had to be at Covent Garden for 3pm. So I gave myself a lot of time from Shoreham to Victoria and caught an earlier train.
You guessed it – cancelled. Staff illness I believe. I arrived late for the meeting, of course.
As I had another meeting in Shoreham at 8pm that same day, I rushed to catch the 5.47 from Victoria. You guessed it – cancelled. Staff shortages. I had to go via Brighton and change. When I arrived at Brighton, I read the departures board. At least 75 per cent were cancelled and some destination ‘left further down the line’ whatever that meant. And yet, we love travelling by train abroad.
A little while ago, I booked a ticket with French railways to go to France and Italy for more than three weeks’ travel and 16 different destinations.
Not one of the 16 trains was a minute late leaving or arriving, and there were no hold ups for any changes of trains or platforms. I’m talking about Nice, Milan, Venice, Verona, Luca, Florence, and Turin.
Here you cannot even go from Shoreham to London and back.
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