Trains are "sh*t" according to rail bigwig

24 April 2015

train Have you heard of Sir Peter Hendy? Well, he runs the buses and Tubes in That London, and he's been rather forthright with his views on public transport.

He reckons that train services are far too chaotic and that commuting on them is like stepping into the Wild West. He is also very unimpressed with suburban rail operators.

Grab the popcorn, Sir Hendy is going in.

He said: "On Southeastern, the trains are like the Wild West. They are shit. Awful. And then every now and then some people who look like the Gestapo get on and fine everyone they can. It doesn't improve your day, does it?"

He added: "People hate the suburban rail service, they hate it. If you make a mistake on your Oyster card on the Tube, we’ll refund it. On South West Trains, they’ll fine you. That’s a big philosophical difference."

He wasn't done by a long chalk. Sir Pete also took aim at the months of disruption that commuters have seen at London Bridge station during the work being undertaken by Network Rail, which is run by former oil honcho Mark Carne.

"I take no pleasure in saying this but Network Rail is under fire. The chief exec is a nice bloke and he has this idea about the digital railway and getting the most out of the railway in the next 30 years – but no one is listening because they can’t fix London Bridge."

TOPICS:   Travel

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