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hutch0
Date: 2007-02-08 11:33
Subject: let's talk about the weather
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Quote from last night's Evening Standard - `Transport for London said it was ready for whatever weather came its way.'
Fifteen hours and about two inches of snow later, this from the BBC - `On the Tube in London, many services have been affected and a Transport for London spokeswoman said staff were working to clear platforms which had been closed because of the weather.'
Perversely - and anyone who regularly uses First Capital Connect, the company which runs the trains I use, will be familiar with this - my train was only ten minutes late. It sort of crept into King's Cross, but it got me there. The connection I got from there to City Thameslink, however, was running two hours late. But I was in the office no later than I was yesterday, when I was forty minutes late because of overhead line problems at Alexandra Palace. I've only had one trouble-free commuting day this year so far, so it barely registered. Getting home again might be trickier, though.

 
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-02-10 23:56 (UTC)
Subject: Two inches?!
Two inches is an extra layer on a cake.
Two inches is an adolescent girl's dream shoes.
Two inches is a reason to buy your kid new jeans.
Two inches is a phenomenal filet mignon.
Two inches is not a reason to shutdown a train system in a northern European country.

I'd demand my money back. :-)



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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-02-11 00:44 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Two inches?!
Well, it was two inches here. I understand some other places had as much as three. What does rankle is that it was hardly a surprise; the Met Office had been forecasting it since the previous weekend. I knew we were going to be in trouble when I saw that line in The Standard saying London Transport were ready for anything the weather could throw at them.
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2007-02-11 12:15 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Two inches?!
It would be very interesting to compare and contrast this with the transport networks response to the same weather 10, 20 and 30 years ago.
There is no reason why it should be worse nowadays, theoretically. But on the roads, we have many millions more drivers, most of them having hardly driven on snow at all, ever. 20 years ago when we used to get real Winters, even my mother, who was not the most energetic and confident of drivers, would drive through snow in her rattleheap and not have any trouble.

All it takes is one overconfident driver crashing and a road can be closed for hours. This then backs up and means 3,000 cars cant get through, whereas 30 years ago it wold have stopped 30 cars getting through, who would immediately have foudn the other way round the problem.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-02-12 11:38 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Two inches?!
I do remember winters as being worse when I was young, although of course back then I wasn't so interested in what effect it had on transport. I remember the Winter of `76/`77 being pretty severe up in Sheffield, but I don't recall school being closed, or having any great difficulty getting there and back.
I think you're right about drivers not having driven much on snow; my wife, who's Polish and used to driving in rather more than two inches of snow, is less than impressed with British drivers' ability to cope and British services' ability to keep running.
By the way, welcome to The Villages. Pull up a seat and grab a beverage of your choice. Not a lot happens here, but it's nice to see a new face.
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