The Anonymous Widower

Roll On Crossrail

Yesterday was a day, when Crossrail would have been more than handy.

I went to Exeter to see an old friend and his wife and had booked myself out of Paddington on the 09:07 train.

From Hackney, getting to Paddington is not easy and I usually take the Metropolitan line to the western end of the station and walk in to the trains from the bridge. Since the new Underground station has been built, this is the easiest way to get a train for Wales and West.

Paddington station for me also presents a gluten-free breakfast problem, in that there is nowhere I would trust in the station. So I took a bus to Kings Cross station, where there is both Leon and Carluccio’s, who both do excellent gluten-free breakfasts. Yesterday, it was Leon’s turn and I left myself thirty seven minutes to get to Paddington, after finishing my egg, chorizo and beans.

But that was my downfall, as there was signalling problems on the Metropolitan line and the trains were very infrequent and crammed solid.

So I tried a taxi and the queue was hundreds long and there wasn’t a taxi in sight.

In the end I found a bus to take me up to Euston Square station, where after a wait, I got on a train to Paddington.

But I missed the train by about five minutes.

Normally, the journey takes ten minutes from Kings Cross to Paddington, but it had taken me forty-five. The Metropolitan line, which is normally one of the most reliable had let me down.

It’s on journeys like this, that Crossrail will really benefit people like me, who live in the eastern part of the capital.

I should have a choice of buses to various Crossrail stations, or I could even take the Overground to Whitechapel from Dalston Junction station, just up the road from my house.

Crossrail is going to change the east of London dramatically and not just the places, which have a station on the line.




November 28, 2013 - Posted by | Travel | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] as I said in this post, I missed my 09:07 train to Exeter, due to problems on the Metropolitan […]

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