Underground fares to rise, while customers are treated like dogs
So it's good news for London commuters as Boris Johnson addresses the appalling service offered by one of the world's most expensive transport systems, by charging passengers even more. Bus fares will rise by nearly 13 per cent and Tube fares will increase by almost 4 per cent. What will the increase in revenues pay for? Well, with a little luck, it'll mean more people can be treated as if they've just punched a child in the face.
Yesterday at Holborn, a train unexpectedly terminated at the station. In the rush as everyone alighted the train, a passenger trapped his arm in a closing door. When released, he explained what had happened to a member of underground staff called Ian, who was less than impressed with the passenger's conduct. Jonathan Macdonald witnessed the exchange, and explains on his blog what happened next:
He was furious that the guy had mentioned it at all, especially as the guy was standing close to the track. After a while, Ian started shouting at the guy to "stand back there is a fucking train approaching“.
The elderly guy quietly questioned why Ian had to swear, as did several other passengers. Ian literally screamed in this guys face (and I quote): "because there is a fucking train approaching and I need to make sure nobody is over the fucking yellow line".
The elderly guy stood his ground – admittedly the wrong side of the yellow line (which was hard to see as there were hundreds of stranded people on the platform). Ian then told the guy that he wasn’t allowed to get on the next train and had to "come upstairs to speak to the police".
When the member of staff made the threat of police involvement, Jonathan started filming:
Throughout both Jonathan's recollection of the event and the video evidence, it seems the passenger is been entirely calm about having his arm trapped in a door and subsequently been threatened. All of which makes Ian's comment at exactly 50 seconds into the video - "sling him under a train" - headswimmingly unbelievable.
You will see the look of utter disdain from the female guard who I didn’t catch the name of.
She asked me to stop filming, so I did. But as I left, I said one thing:
"He will lose his job for this."
She laughed and walked away – in the assumption that we have no power.
That's right, because the internet is rubbish at spreading news of jumped-up little shits with a rumble of power in their belly, isn't it? Even if the ponytailed jobsworth was in the right, and the passenger shouldn't have been boarding the train, it's difficult to see how his behaviour is at all justifiable - there was absolutely no reason why the situation couldn't have been dealt with in a calm but firm manner. Not that'll it'll stop the union threatening to strike if TfL discipline him, we shouldn't wonder. Not to worry, because it's all part of the service that we'll be paying that little bit extra for in the future.