Public transport in London today did NOT leave me happy today. I spent four hours not getting to the office.
Here’s a map of today’s journey — drawn on the 2016 tube map, cos that was easier to find. Pink is the way there (before giving up and heading home); orange is the way home. Blue is the Thames, obviously, which I left unfaded to help y’all work out what’s where; similarly the Circle line. And West Ken is still in color cos that’s where I was headed.
So here’s the schedule:
- Leave flat, go to bus stop immediately outside.
- Get bus to Gant’s Hill station.
- Arrive at Gant’s Hill (5 minutes’ bus or 10 minutes’ walk away, usually). Find there’s no Central line westbound. Find the bus stop is so crowded I can barely walk past. Walk back to Ilford.
- Arrive Ilford station, having spoken on the phone with my boss and convinced him it makes more sense for me to work from the office than from home.
- Get “on time” 0929 (or something) to Stratford.
- Arrive Stratford (5 minutes’ journey from Ilford, usually). Wait five minutes to take Jubilee line to West Ham.
- Arrive West Ham. Take District towards work, feeling gradually shittier and panickier.
- Arrive Victoria (half an hour from West Ham) and get out to have an IBS/panic attack in the gents.
- Finish panicking enough to head home; take Victoria line to King’s Cross.
- Arrive King’s Cross (less that 25 minutes’ journey normally); change for Circle
- Arrive Liverpool Street (less than 20 minutes’ journey normally). No overgrounds, walk to Central line platform.
- Get a Central line train at last.
- Arrive Gant’s Hill (less than half an hour normally). Get a bus home.
- Arrive home, at last
So over four hours after leaving the flat, I get back, only to have to set things up to work from home. I’m tempted to move to *shudder* West London.
In better news, we got GEB ready to launch :o)