I've officially caught the TMUK travel flu. I currently have 5 delay repay claims with London Midland and 1 with Virgin for missed connections/cancellations/general nightmare.
I arrived at Milton Keynes at 3pm today, just in time for the main station to be closed as a result of someone being hit by a train. Everyone was moved to the main concourse to wait for announcements. Lots of transport police and ambulance crew turned up, but they didn't seem to have much to do. The station staff were surprisingly efficient (it's usually impossible to find anyone at Milton Keynes station) and were reasonably quick in arranging coaches to get everyone to Luton station or Leighton Buzzard to continue their journey.
My holiday had been going so well, but has gone wrong at the last. I'm now on my third train of what should have Been a one train journey. Probably will only be a out 1 hour late, but after landing at 9.30 this morning and dragging large amounts of luggage, it has been a very long day.
It has led me to discover Doncaster has a platform zero. Only been using the station for 15 years.
Actually going out was nearly a mess too. Manchester piccadily was back logged, 3 trains got cancelled or changed just trying to get a train down to near Manchester airport. Then the flight out was over booked and they were offering nearly £550 to travel the next day. Probably should have taken the offer but others accepted it while we weighed it up.
And then there was Bostons strange murder tunnel from the airport which was somewhat out of keeping with the rest of the city.
They cancelled his once an hour train from Gloucester, the guard on the train he was on wasn't sure if his tickets would be accepted on my proposed alternate route, and he ended up stuck at Gloucs facing a 90 min wait.
Phil did not have a good journey home today for a number of reasons.
Rocked up at Richmond to find the gates to the mainline platforms sealed off. Looked like a fatality, and indeed turned out to be. Got on the Overground to wilesden, Bakerloo to Paddington and a direct train from there.