Thursday 24 April 2008

It must be Thursday... it was another bad morning for the Jubilee Line... in the manner of Arthur Dent and the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, it would seem that it never could get the hang of Thursday.

I got to North Greenwich to find them announcing 'severe delays' on the Jubilee Line (again!). From the ticket hall level I could see down to platforms 1 and 2, and there were a lot of people waiting on platform 1 - and a train with open door packed to the brim waiting to depart. I could see a train at platform 2 (the up/down platform) but not how full it was. So, I made my way down to platform level. Five minutes until the platform 2 train was departing and already beyond standing room only. A very kind member of platform staff asked if I'd like her to help me and The Stick find a seat. I thanked her and told her I'd go down and back. That's what everyone seems to be doing she told me, the trains are all so full.

I went off to Stratford, and back up again. The signal failure (ironically at Green Park) had cleared we were told, the train would call all stations to Stanmore (except Baker Street which had been closed due to overcrowding).

Biggest irony - the Jubilee Line is shut this weekend from Green Park to Stratford for line improvement works.

Favourite announcement of the morning - "Ladies and Gentlemen, if you are going to board this train please get on now, if not, stand clear of the doors please"