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Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Bicycles on a Train

@SouthernRailUK are rubbish, as you can tell (even if you live in a remote part of the world) by browsing their twitter stream and dialogue.

On Sunday I hopped on this train at Polegate. There were already four bicycles in the space allocated for two, so I added mine.  I also took the last seat in the carriage.  Now, these two bicycle places were the only two on the entire train, which consisted of eight carriages.

Of course more people joined the train at subsequent stations, including people with bicycles.  In my carriage a man stood in the door zone with his bicycle. People in other carriages did likewise.  Although a few people left the train also, many more people joined the train, so by the time we arrived at Gatwick station there was standing room available for new passengers only.

So far a normal day on SouthernRail.  However at Gatwick an official of the train company boarded the carriage in order to give me a lecture on how to stack the bicycles properly.  At this stage there were still five bicycles in the space designed for two, and many people standing due to the shortage of seats.  My response to him was that I was responsible for the last bicycle only, and he then suggested that I should “pass on the message”, and then alighted from the train before we went on our way.

Having considered his advice, I conclude that his method would not result in any extra space being freed up.  Therefore I am happy to “pass on the message” that his train company, Southern Rail doesn’t provide enough space on its trains for bicycles or seats for passengers.

As someone told me,

I bet Chris Froome doesn’t have to put up with this.

Posted by bigblue on 23/07/2013 at 05:11 PM
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