Hah.. well following my blog yesterday about going out for a few drinks in London, the night ended on a rather negative note.
We arrived at Liverpool Street at 22.45 ish, usually the last trains to Chelmsford are 00.20 – so we had bags of time. Looking at the big sign with all the train departure times, nothing was going to Chelmsford, or indeed anywhere close, I wondered if there had been an incident of some description that had halted the trains. Loz went over to the information point, which had swathes of angry looking people around it. She was told that Greater Anglia stop trains heading to Ingatestone, Chelmsford, Witham etc after 22.30 Mon-Wed to do maintenance.
This meant a train journey to Shenfield and a 35 minute ‘rail replacement’ coach to Chelmsford. Fucking marvellous.
We got on the train at 23.10 and it slowly chugged it’s way to Shenfield. We were in two minds about getting on the coach, as it would be rammed, as the train was, with drunk people and their stinky food. When we got off the train we had to go slowly, as a 7 month pregnant lady doesn’t move all that fast, by the time we got out to the coaches, they’d actually all gone. Great! I got out some cash and we hailed a taxi, it was a quick drive, but expensive at £30 (As it was after midnight), but at least we were home.
I’m a bit narked at Greater Anglia for not being so forthcoming with their maintenance. How much effort would it be to have a sign up at the gates at Chelmsford saying :
‘Travelling back to Chelmsford tonight? Try and do it before 22.30 as we’re doing line works after that’
Maybe even get the ticket staff to mention it when you purchase your ‘day return’? Or have a pop up message on the ticket screen when you use those? Don’t just have a sign up at Liverpool Street AFTER the line has closed, it defeats the purpose and upsets a lot of people. Also if you are laying on coaches, why not let them wait to ensure everyone is on them? What if there was someone in a wheelchair who couldn’t speed down the platform to get to them before they disappear into the night?