Just a quick note to confirm that I did work during the strike and spent my time doing LES - EPP shuttles which got very monotonous very quickly. We were rewarded by the sight of our dark overlord and master, the LES Train Operations Manager, doing platform duties. Next time we are going to dress him in a black tail coat and top hat…
Thursday was my last day at work until next week, I’m on annual leave until Sunday or hopefully Monday if the Mafia are kind enough to give me Sunday off but for the present I am simply just another passenger, which is what I was before I joined the Tube and always will be. I’ve been spending a lot of time travelling to and from Romford where Old Mother Shrugged is in hospital and when I went through NEP on Saturday morning there was a long queue at the lone ticket machine with no member of staff anywhere to be seen.
NEP is one of our reversing points and obviously the focus is on maintaining the service, if you’ve only got one member of staff available with the choice of tipping out trains or helping with tickets then the trains are going to get priority. And you can’t monitor the whole station from the ticket hall if the CCTV screens are in the station supervisor’s office.
Did I mention how glad I was not to be on stations anymore?