How much do train screw ups damage the UK economy?

First up, let me say that Chris and I won’t be at Spring Fair today as planned and noted here on Tamebay. And the reason is very simple: we can’t rely on the train services.

I was going to head up there from Brighton by train (because I am also going to Stratford-on-Avon for a spot of Shakespeare). I don’t drive but do rely on the trains to get about and sometimes have been heard to say that I enjoy the experience.

That said, since the start of the year, between Brighton and London, problems with rail replacement bus services and screw ups related to the refurb of London Bridge station have made that line a nightmare. The relevant operators are Southern Railways and First Capital Connect.

Chris was going to drive to the NEC and collect me on the way but a landslide means that the train I was getting to Solihull is now a bus service between Banbury and Leamington Spa. The likely delays make such a trip too much of a pain in the backside.

And Chris travelled into London yesterday with First Great Western and had such a mare with a the rail replacement services last evening and cancelled and overcrowded trains on Tuesday morning that we’re calling the trip off.

We just have better things to do, writing Tamebay for one. We don’t need the hassle and annoyance of paying premium fares for shoddy services. It’s just a bad use of our time, money and forbearance.

We’re just sorry we won’t be able to meet chums and others who will be at Spring Fair.

And it does make us wonder whether the ongoing poor performance of the railways, which does seem to be worse this year than before, is also damaging the British economy.

For starters, we aren’t going to the NEC to do business at Spring Fair and it seems fair to surmise that that’s just one tiny example. There are doubtless many others.