The Anonymous Widower

London’s Boxing Day Nightmare

I asked for luck as I set out for Charlton and more or less achieved my objective in that I got to the match without trouble. After taking my pictures at Kings Cross, I took a 205 bus towards Bow, with the intention of getting the DLR to Lewisham. I wasn’t sure of where the bus went, so I changed at Mile End to a 277 bus and picked up the DLR for Lewisham at Westferry station.

The Reliable DLR

The Reliable DLR

As ever the DLR did its bit, but then it doesn’t have drivers, who have to have a party on Boxing Day.

I changed at Lewisham to a 380 bus, which meandered through Blackheath and other green parts of Greenwich to The Valley.

Meandering Through Blackheath

It must be one of the smallest buses operated in London.

A Small Bus

A Small Bus

But I suppose, it does have the advantage, that any hooligans arrested at The Valley can be sent directly to jail.

The nightmare started after the match, which was characterised by a first half display by Charlton, that was almost as bad of that by Ipswich at Leicester.

Normally, to get to The Valley, you take a train to Charlton station next to the ground from central London. But it was Boxing Day, so the trains weren’t running.  The Underground wasn’t running either as the drivers weren’t, but in getting to Charlton, it’s not much use.

So I was left to struggle home on the buses.

And struggle I did, as they were rather overcrowded to say the least.

It took me three hours to get to the Angel, as I had to change twice at Lewisham and Bank.  The second change wasn’t the best, as due to the delay, I needed the toilet, so I took the first bus that came and had a pit-stop at Carluccio’s in Upper Street. At least, I got a bus home virtually immediately.

If we are going to have Sales in the shops and a full sporting program on Boxing Day, wouldn’t it be a good idea to have a full bus, train and Underground service, albeit with a reduced frequency.

Roll on driver-less trains like the DLR. I know it’s not as simple as some think, but as a control engineer, I know that trains can be without drivers, provided there is a train captain, like on the DLR.

December 26, 2012 - Posted by | Sport, Transport | , , ,

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