I arrived at work about 80 minutes late today, thanks to disruption on Auckland’s Western Rail Line.
Now, occasionally disruption of rail services is unavoidable, due to mechanical breakdown or points or signal failure. But this one was caused by – wait for it – a train running out of diesel and blocking the line. At a time when we are trying to encourage people onto public transport to ease road congestion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, this is the sort of shambles we don’t need. I would expect no less than the person or people responsible getting the sack.
Looking at the bright side, I suppose it was fortunate that it was a train that ran out of fuel, and not an aircraft.