well, the bus to stamford hill is a nightmare in term time and will often go past, but otherwise train / tube wise tis easy enough. helps to be at / near the end of the line, mind.
I used to get the overground but since there have been works on the line I've had to get the replacement bus service or two buses. If I do the two buses thing it involves the 210 which is totally rammed and unpleasant but if I manage to catch the replacement bus at its random times (grr) it is a very pleasant journey and I get a seat all the time.
If I still got on the Victoria Line at Victoria in the morning when I arrived on my train, then I'd be ticking your last box for that (I travel to Oxford Circus: two stops), but instead I now get on a bus (usually the 73) which takes a bit longer but there are usually always seats available because they go every 2 minutes.
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The Glasgow subway is great. It's only ever really busy from 8am-9am in the morning, and 5-6pm in the evening, and when the football's on, and since I never travel during those times, I always get a seat.
Usually my journey to work and back is busy but bearable, but just to confuse me, they've changed all the London Overground train times for three months so there's one train at 18 minutes past and then four between 30 and 00. Though if I were to get the 18 minute past one I'd be late for work anyway. Can I just tell you all my disconnected thoughts about my journey to work here?
Yes, that 18 past train ticks the Ridiculous box easily, and if we were getting on at Hackney Central, Dalston Kingsland or GOD FORBID Canonbury, it would tick the Totally Inadequate Box or something conceivably worse if there were even other trains that might be going past during the interminable wait for the next train.
Course you can - it all adds to the comment count!
If I got the correct tube for my locale after 8am I would have to wat for three to go past to ram on so I either get a bus in the opposite direction to get on a few stops earlier. The 29 is unbearable until camden on the way in if you leave after 8 and on the way home unless you catch it at trafalgar square or st martins lane you can have personal space issues on the entire journey. So I leave at 7.45 ad have to get into work 45 mins early.
When I used to get the 17 I wuld often have to walk to archway to get a seat. In the end I gave up and started getting the 4.
THE 29 IS ALWAYS UNBEARABLE :( worst bus in london, i hates hates hates it.
ah, the 4, isn't it? wasn't it? the last of the stupidly long and convoluted bus routes to the best of my knowledge...
2008-09-18 02:19 pm (UTC)
Walsden to Mcr at 6.50am or 7.20am, I can get a seat no trouble, but it's standing room only from Rochdale. Mcr to Walsden at 5.20pm, if I'm not there when the train actually pulls in I have to stand (and sometimes I have to stand anyway, because there's so much demand).
This is why they're cutting the services to and from Walsden. We don't really need a train, you know.
I filled it in because I've spent the last six weeks or so on the bus, even though I now have my car back. FVCK YOU PLANET EARTH!
You have your car back! Woooo!
going against the traffic when i get to the tube really helps my journey (also the fact that it's almost all above ground). i do find it odd that even though i'm two-thirds of the way along the enfield - liverpool st overland line i only ever don't get a seat if there are delays or the trains are the wrong length (i guess a lot of ppl get off at seven sisters, the stop before mine...).
when i start NEW JOB though i will probably end up getting Proper Underground Tubes the same way as everyone else, eek!
I have two settings: 25 minutes = Central to Bank (argh) and then the Northern to London Bridge, or 45 minutes = Central to Stratford (aaah) and then get on the Jubilee at its source. I'd like to pretend that I always cycle, but it's probably 70/30.
I Bus-Tube-Train to work; I currently leave the house at 6.30, which is pretty much the tipping point for being crowded. If I get to Finsbury Park before 7, Victoria Line is reasonable and I can usually get a seat. Past 7, and the floodgates open and it becomes much more crowded. Vauxhall->Putney on the train is usually pretty crowded between 7 and 9, and it's 50:50 on seats.
I used to get the very first tubes of the day from Kings Cross, as my ex used to open (and manage) the Co-Op on the Caledonian Road at about 5 in the morning. In terms of absence of other people on public transport, it was top - and as I can pretty much come-and-go as I like at work in terms of working hours, and as I'm naturally an early bird, it was excellent. Still, I'm glad I don't do it any more.
Well, mostly I cycle but sometimes I get the bus. I always get a seat on the way in as it starts at my stop. On the way back though, it's more like your last option there. When I got the tube, I mostly had to stand both ways, though sometimes it would go in either extreme.
Basically, bikes ftw!
glad to hear yr getting on well with the cycle, lady :D
It's probably worth noting that the reason I can usually get a seat on both my mainline train into London and on the Tube, is that I'm travelling at a fairly early hour (I usually hit Paddington around 7.15/7.30). Going home is more of an issue though.
I get the 253/5 to work and back, and despite the random destination changes it's mostly ok. I really really don't think I could handle travelling by tube or North London Line every day. I got all squashed in the Central line about a week ago and within minutes I was like 'right! That's it! I'm moving to the countryside!'
I ticked train as that's how I get in from Wendover to London but then I jump on a bike to North Kensington from Marylebone and it's lovely and I see birdies and canal boats and fresh air and all!
And on a bike you always get a seat. Unless some scallywag has stolen it for a laff.
Hmm - I get an overground train, and always get a seat, but that is because I am WILY and know where to stand and who to punch. Basically the last carriage is fine, but if you get on the middle or front of the train you just won't get a seat.
Not even if you wee yourself and pretend to be mad.
of course, every time I take the bus I'm reminded that it's much faster to cycle. :D
My trains in in the morning are deserted and lovely. The hometime trains are sardine cans on tracks, thanks mostly to schoolkids.
Since I have given up on the Central line (and the 73) completely, I can usually get a seat at all times. But that's mainly because the Met line starts at Aldgate, and generally has about 2 people and 48 newspapers on it by the time it gets to Liverpool St. The train to Liv St itself is normally fine unless it's delayed. Sometimes there's even enough space for me and Rick to both sit in the same group of seats as carsmilesteve
The Central line is absolutely the worst tube line in terms of waiting for several trains to go past before you can actually squeeze on to one, let alone get a seat. When I lived in Bethnal Green it was an utter nightmare trying to get on it before 9.30am.