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Chris Shearman
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The Wrong Track

Chris Shearman
Train Diary
Chris Shearman, Architect
Travels from Brough to Kings Cross weekly. The journey should take 3 hours

You've got to get home. You can't do anything. You just sit there and you just become annoyed and fed up and you just watch the pigeons going by or something like that. You just get fed-up.

You just see it's cold, wet, windy, sitting on these rail platforms. Everyone was just moaning, tutting all the time. You can't do anything about it. You just have no information and there's nowhere to go for information so you don't know what to do.

You are really dependent on this travel and you're making meetings or commitments to other people, to a lot of other people and you just cannot keep them, you're stuck. I mean if it weren't for the mobile phone you'd be really, really stuck.

Worst moment
After the Hatfield crash my worst journey time took 8 hours so consequently I was late for one meeting. It basically ruled out the whole of Monday, doing anything Monday.


The railways should be getting better and better and better all the time and they're not

Therefore I'm a day down before I even start the week, having to rearrange meetings, having to rearrange site visits where other people could meet up and discuss things. So I'm always catching up thereon.

Coming back on a Friday night again the trains were cancelled. You didn't know what time train I was going to get back. Consequently if I leave the office at half past four or five o'clock-ish I wouldn't get home till 1, 2 o'clock in the morning.

My message to people who run the railways
Why did you let the railways get into such a state in the first place? It's been about ten years you've had control and throughout them years it's just gone down hill, down hill, down hill... The railways should be getting better and better and better all the time and they're not.

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