Saturday, 8 August 2009

We Interrupt This Announcement...

It may not be so much of an issue on the short journeys from Worcester Park, but I'm sure many seasoned commuters will sympathise with MP David Willetts who has complained to rail watchdogs about the bombardment of announcements that he and his fellow passengers have to endure when travelling with South West Trains.

Anyone familiar with the constant announcements imploring passengers to keep the aisles free, ensure they have a valid ticket, ask the guard if they require assistance, take all personal belongings with them and refrain from giving cash to beggars will sympathise.

All of which reminds me of a journey I made by South West Trains to Portsmouth a couple of years back - a journey which would have been perfectly relaxing were it not for the constant nagging announcements informing us (without a hint of irony) that we were travelling in a 'Quiet Carriage'.