I had a coach to catch at 6pm from Victoria back to University in Sheffield. I decided to give myself two hours to get there, in case there were any delays (I’m very glad that I did). You see I’m the kind of person that tends to be late and miss things frequently.
On reaching my local Underground station, I discovered that the Central line was closed due to engineering work. It was an annoyance but I thought I could catch a bus to another station on the Victoria line and take that directly to the Coach Station in Victoria.
Each bus I waited for seemed to be full and it wasn’t until the third bus that I managed to squeeze on with all my luggage. Unfortunately without any warning the bus driver decided that he was going to terminate the bus and drop us all off in the middle of nowhere. I then had to trudge in search of another bus stop to catch a second bus and pay again for another ticket to the same place the first bus should have taken me to. When I eventually got there I was prevented from entering the station due to barriers. I then became aware of a sign saying that the Victoria line was out of action all day. Bloody hell!
Without any real plan on which direction or route to now take and concerned about missing my coach, I haphazardly jumped onto the rail replacement bus service just before it departed, I had no less than an hour to make it to Victoria and I was further out than I was from my local underground station so I resigned myself to the probability that I’d miss my coach and have to catch another the next day.
The replacement bus service finally reached a station with a line that wasn’t closed. I was so stressed with my travel woes that the announcement down on the platform informed passengers that apart from the Central, Victoria, Jubilee, Hammersmith & City, District, Metropolitan, Northern and Piccadilly line, there was good service on the underground made me chuckle.
I made it to the coach, drenched in sweat having run all the way but I’m left with this parting thought. Transport For London is ridiculously expensive and the service is abysmal!