The Anonymous Widower

I’m Off To The Hague Today

Is there any other train journey between two capitals in the world, that is more difficult now than it was six or seven years ago?

When I first did this trip, I was able to buy a Eurostar ticket from London to Any Dutch Station, as many visitors to The Netherlands did.

But when Fyra; the high-speed train started, this was not possible any more. I couldn’t even get to the Dutch capital without a second change.

Today, I’ve bought a Eurostar ticket to any Belgian Station and will go to Antwerp for a spot of lunch, before I buy a ticket to Den Haag Laan van Nieuwe Oost Indie, so that I avoid all the hassle of using Dutch local ticketing, which will mean buying an Oyster-style card.

I will then use Shanks’s Pony to get to my final destination.

If that is progress, you can stick it up your backside.

Suppose to go between London and Edinburgh, you had to change trains at Newcastle or Berwick! Even the most rabid of Scottish Independence advocates, would never want a service like that between Scotland and England!

Also, if I was going to most important stations in Switzerland, I can buy one ticket from London.

Surely, this should apply to all major cities in Europe, that are within say five or six hours from London.

Going the other way, I could buy a ticket from say Paris direct to virtually anywhere in the UK.

October 8, 2015 - Posted by | Transport | , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Gosh, on the move again! Are you going to see the pictures?

    Comment by Candy Blackham | October 8, 2015 | Reply

  2. Have you done a longer stay in Antwerp? There’s a lot to see and do and Lier, which is easily accessible from the city, is a wonderful small town nearby that sees few tourists. We had the local mayor walk over and thank us for visiting when they heard our English voices in a restaurant.

    Comment by londonarchivist | October 10, 2015 | Reply

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