"For the benefit of passengers for the Jubilee line ALL Metropolitan Line trains will be stopping at Willesden Green."
So the busted Jubilee was now, presumably, shuttling between Willesden Green and Stanmore (see map). fbb silently applauded the thoughtfulness of London Undergound in offering this alternative.
His appreciation was somewhat dented as his train sped non-stop through Willesden Green! As an indication of how well people listen to announcements, there were no passengers clawing at the doors trying to get out!
To continue his enjoyment of modern computer driven information services, fbb gazed out of his window at the electronic departure screens at each station. They read thus ...
No 3. son also reports that the new trains have no straps for "strap-hangers", meaning that you have to be a good six feet tall to reach the handrails above your head. He reports of many occasions of frightening "passenger lurch" and consequently cringing seated commuters.
On the positive side, however, Sausage trains are bright, smooth, comfortable and they don't rattle. They are due to be introduced throughout Underground's other sub-surface lines (District and non-circling Circle) over the next few years.
Grappling with the fares fiasco that is London, fbb was travelling with a one day, Zones 1 to 6, travelcard on a super off-peak day return. A nice and easy recipe to remember as you queue at a busy ticket office, NOT.
But, zone 6 ends at Moor Park two stops short of zone 7 Watford.
And of course you can't buy a combined rail and travelcard for any higher zone numbers than 6, can you? Of course not. Don't be silly. That can't be done. Why? Well, when the "combined" travelcard deal was introduced, zone 6 was the highest you could have and updating is beyond Boris, and everyone else.
So fbb intended to purchase an "excess" on arrival, honest!
But "the man" was busy on the phone and simply pushed his little button, opened the gate and let fbb out. Revenue Protection, who cares?
The stretch limo arrived after a few moments and fbb was able to complete his top-level executive discussions (!) and set off homewards. A future blog will summarise that return route, in due course.
**Navy Lark purists will remember that it was Leslie Phillips (on the right in the photo above) who couldn't drive HMS Troutbridge. His character was the deliverer of the order "Left hand down a bit". The show ran for 18 years and 244 performances.