Six years of London commuting I will have you know, I have heard every excuse under the sun
. And my bloody train has been late the last two days, still atleast that was on the way to work and not coming home
I know you commute, the comment wasn't aimed at anyone in particular, just the British public in general who see the railway as easy target number 1.
Remember that while I'm a driver whilst I'm at work, I'm a commuter too on my way to and from work, i know how frustrating it can be, but I also see the flip side of the coin, when things go wrong that are 100% out of our hands.
Bridge strike is a good example, some twonk doesn't know how high his lorry is, and hits a bridge with it, we then have to stop all running until the bridge can be inspected, thanks to H&S regulations.
Who then gets the blame for the delay from joe public?
Not the lorry driver, not the health and safety people, but the railways
And personally I don't give a flying [censored] how late a train is, that's no excuse to scream, swear, fight and (worst of all) spit at railway staff who are just doing their job, but that's exactly what some people do.
Posh businessmen in suits, families going away for the weekend, even elderly women doddering about with a walking stick all think they have the right to treat railstaff like something off the bottom of their shoe.
So that's why I sometimes react quite curtly when people want to slag off the railways.