Thursday, 8 August 2013

And the final delays...

Alright then: delays for yesterday and the final journey last week (before my holiday, which was very agreeable, thank you), the last day in the year since Signal Failure began.  Following this, I'll get a letter sent out and reposted here as soon as I can make the time to do so.  Updates after that will be a couple of bits and pieces I find interesting and, of course, any response received from TfL.  Stay tuned...

Last Tuesday, then, the tube from Paddington to Waterloo was a minute early, but the train to Hersham was two minutes late, so a £5 charge.

Yesterday, the journey in featured a train that was three minutes early arriving in Waterloo, but the fact that both ticket machines in Hersham were broken, and the ticket office not open, meant I lost five minutes finding someone at the platform in Waterloo to explain this to and buy a ticket from.  This meant I was two minutes late by this point.  This led to me catching a later tube than I should have been able to, and resulted in an overall six-minute delay on my way into work (including the two-minute Paddington penalty).

Last night, the tube from Paddington to Waterloo was four minutes late, causing me to miss the fast train to Hersham, and the slow train was a minute late, making a total delay of 27 minutes.

All in all, the final delays to report for Signal Failure amount to 35 minutes and £87.50 to add to the tally.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Last bits of housekeeping

Just the last couple of travel updates before our year is up.

This morning's train from Hersham to Waterloo was on time, but there was a two-minute delay on the connecting tube to Paddington, plus the two-minute Paddington penalty.  Four minutes and £10 overall.

I'm on vacation out of the country for a week starting tomorrow, so the final few posts and the open letter are likely to be delayed.  Stay tubed, though, and I'll let you know any responses received.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

End game

Did everyone have a nice weekend?  Mine was very pleasant, thanks  took the kids to a farm/play park on Sunday.  Good times were had.

Last Thursday, my journey home consisted of a tube that ran on time, and a connecting train that left Waterloo three minutes late, so £7.50 to Signal Failure.

This morning, I came in early for a meeting with our CEO (subsequently postponed by several hours, which is a little irritating, but what are you going to do?).  The train to Waterloo was bang on time, and the connecting tube even arrived at Paddington a minute early.  However, it was still Paddington, not Edgware Road, so the two minute penalty applies, netting another £2.50 for Signal Failure.

And I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised that the birthing of the new royal sprog - and the attendant hordes of media, tourists and security - did not make my journey on foot from Paddington through the hospital grounds to work any more complicated than normal.  Not that this has anything to do with TfL.

In the more exciting big picture of this blog, we're rapidly approaching the anniversary of the whole thing being set up, which is the point at which we tally the figures and send the bill to TfL.  And, as I'm likely to work from home the rest of this week, and am on vacation most of next week and part of the week after, the totals aren't likely to change much as we enter the end game.

Stay tuned for some amateur stat-crunching and recaps and, of course, I'll be posting a copy of my letter and bill to Signal Failure - as well as any replies (don't hold your breath) - for your viewing pleasure as the time approaches.

Till later then!