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||Jun. 12th, 2007 05:49 pm|
"CIRCLE LINE (ANTI-CLOCKWISE): Minor delays are occurring due to lack of available trains."|
OK, *how* do they manage to lose them? And what ratio of spares do they have? And why is it always the Circle?
ETA: Oh, no delays now... I presume they found more trains, possibly down the back of the sofa?
(Viccy's got Signal failure instead. *Don't* get me started on the "functional redundancy" rant)
OK, *how* do they manage to lose them?
Oh, I always assumed they weren't lost, just spoken for. Y'know, already committed to someone and not looking for anyone else. Hence not available.Oh, no delays now... I presume they found more trains, possibly down the back of the sofa?
No no no, don't be silly. It's obvious: a couple of trains broke up with each other. Now there's plenty more fish in the sea.
Slightly less impishly, I do think it'd be better if announcements gave deeper reasons for annoyances than the immediate proximate causes. So you'd get announcements like:
- We apologise for the delays, which are occurring due to a lack of proper investment in the rolling stock.
- This train has been cancelled as a result of an enormous scheduling cock-up.
- There will be no further service on this line until tomorrow because of chronic underinvestment in the infrastructure over many decades.