Wow, is Haymarket station crumbling or something? I went to the station at just before 9am to find out that there was a signal failure at Haymarket which meant that no trains were going into or coming out of Edinburgh. Apparently the trains are only starting up again around about now (after 11am). Too late for me. I missed my tutorials, but I guess it’s a more relaxing day than I expected!
This was also just in time for cheap tickets to become valid, so there were a lot of elderly ladies wanting to make their trip to Edinburgh. One went into a boring tirade about how this never used to happen when she travelled on steam trains.
Another looked at the monitor with all the departure times on it, and thought that because some trains (trains that were coming from the north and were hours away from turning up anyway) weren’t showing up as “cancelled” that the staff members must have been lying.
Staff member: “You can’t go by that. It’s all computerised, you see.”
Old lady: “But computers are meant to be wonderful things that never ever go wrong.”
She’s obviously never used a computer.
Last week my train back from Edinburgh was delayed by 70 minutes, also because of a signal failure at Haymarket.
This has spurred me on to finally sign up to First ScotRail’s text alerts, which is actually pretty cool. Imagine waking up to a message that says
KDY to EDB: 10:41 may be cancelled or delayed – signalling problems, 10:57 may be cancelled or delayed – signalling problems, 11:29 may be cancelled or delayed.
You could just go back to sleep! Brilliant! Mind you, it’s good to get up early I guess.
I’ve not got any ‘update’ alerts yet though, even when the actual website has been updated.
Update: Unlike last week, there is a story on the BBC News website:
“As part of the Waverley redevelopment project major investment is being made in the signalling which services at Haymarket.
“The problems underline the importance of that work.”
Update: Big article on Scotsman.com.