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The saga continues—my commuting diary says less than 5% of trains are on time

About a month ago, in January, after a rather interesting saga that involved my train operator, Southeastern, and my MP, Jim Dowd, to whom I decided to complain about the constant misery of commuting, I made a promise. I promised … Continue reading

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How to deal with a train operator and a delay claim

In December 2011, I had a rather disturbing experience with Stansted Express that almost made me miss my flight. As the train was late for over 30 minutes, I was entitled to compensation. I sent an e-mail to Greater Anglia, the … Continue reading

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“Passenger taken ill” is the new signal failure

You’ve got to admit, train companies have used the old “signal failure” excuse for too long and too often. Fortunately, they have now come up with a brand new excuse for their incompetence—and that’s “passenger taken ill”. I do get … Continue reading

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Clash of the Titans: Paris vs London

I may be slowly turning into a Francophile, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. Yes, I know, I’ve hated France and everything about it for as long as I remember, but luckily we always have a … Continue reading

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