Posted by Paul
"I’m errr…. I’m waiting… waiting… wait… ting… hmmmm".
It might sound like a scene from Alan Partridge but it’s actually the words I heard this morning through the crackling Tannoy on my stationary Tube train this morning.
London Underground drivers would appear to have been given a directive to communicate regularly with passengers to ease the grinding torture of being trapped in a carriage deep beneath the ground with no air con and no idea when your journey will end.
I prefer the old way. You bury your head in a book and try to forget about where you are.
That is no longer an option.
This morning the driver spoke to us no less than 25 times. Once was just to cough violently into the loudspeaker. On at least 10 occasions, he announced that we were stuck at a red signal. Each time the train moved he felt the need to inform us that our moving train was in fact moving. There were half a dozen references to signal failure at High Street Kensington that he’d heard about from a friend. How can a Victoria Line train in North East London 50m below ground level be affected by District Line problems in South West London at ground level?
He’d be as well blaming traffic congestion in New Delhi.
"I’m not a prophet but I reckon that there will be a severe delays for the next 15 minutes". In what way is that helpful?
I travelled every day for two years on the Glasgow Underground. No 20 red light stoppages. No leaves on the line. No signal failure. No strikes. No passengers under a train. No excuses. None needed. It just worked.