Sunday, October 31, 2004

Rail chaos

Well, it took me six hours to complete the journey home from Heathrow. In theory it can be done in just over three, but that assumes our rail network actually works. I arrived back in Exeter in the pouring rain, exhausted, and without a taxi in sight. It took another three quarters of an hour for a taxi to turn up. Don't even mention the buses...

CREDIT: BBC News
The wrong sort of engineer on the line...

I wasn't alone in my misery, indeed compared to some I was relatively well off. Storms closed the Dawlish coastal route. Waves crashed over the lines, cutting power to two Virgin trains, stranding them and their passangers who later had to be rescued.

I'm on my way down to Plymouth tommorrow morning so I'm hoping the line is reopened, otherwise I'm in for no end of grief.