If the worst excuse for late-running train services is 'the wrong kind of sunshine'. The second-worst is to run out of staff - a situation which, pandemics aside, is least likely to be caused by acts of god and most likely to be caused by poor management and planning.
So guess which operator has the worst record for crew shortages in the country? The BBC reports:
Crew shortages cause almost one in 10 delays and cancellations on Britain's railways, the BBC has learned.
They accounted for 9.42% of 1.93 million delays and cancellations from 1 April 2013 to 12 December 2015, figures from the Office of Rail and Road show.
Govia Thameslink Railway - which operates Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express services - had the highest rate, at 13.59%.
The TfL takeover can't come soon enough. Thanks to Hugh for the story.
There's now a whole new way of getting fit while doing good in the borough of Lewisham, with GoodGym. We run in groups to help out local community groups, charities and public spaces, with our weekly run meeting at Glass Mill at 6:45pm on a Monday evening.
We started our group runs in Lewisham on January 18th and have had lots of interest, both from participants and organisations. Anyone can come along and you can sign up on our website here.
If you are part of a community group who might need our help, here are some examples of tasks we complete:
- Gardening, weeding and clearing parks or open spaces
- Moving heavy furniture or items
- Painting, sanding or decorating
- Tidying communal areas
- Setting up for events
Given the success of the first one, which regularly overflows with donations and the lack of any better ideas for what to do with these boxes, this is a brilliant idea.
Thank you to Jeff for the photo. If you know more about its origins, please post the details below.
the Thin House.