Travel: British Rail in the wrong sort of holes
Simon Calder is Travel Editor at Large for The Independent, writing a weekly column, various articles and features as well as filming a weekly video diary. Every Sunday afternoon, Simon presents the UK's only radio travel phone-in programme called The LBC Travel Show with Simon Calder (97.3 FM). He is a regular guest on national TV, often seen on BBC Breakfast, Daybreak, ITV News and Sky News. He is often interviewed on BBC Radio, particularly for BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours programme and BBC Five Live.
Saturday 11 June 1994
Leeds disappears into a black hole, while the two largest towns in northeast Scotland become -dee and -deen. Other gaps give the timetable a metaphysical quality. A train exists briefly at 8.18am at Oxford, for example, but its point of origin and destination are missing.
Even in the real world of British Rail, the space-time continuum gets a bit warped: last Saturday at Lancaster station, InterCity had late-running trains which were running late. My service to London was one of the lucky ones, just 15 minutes late. We limped along to Milton Keynes, where the train was suddenly seized by a fit of punctuality - presumably something to do with a burst of yogic flying around Hemel Hempstead. By the time we got to Euston the late-running train was 20 minutes early.
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