Sunday, 22 March 2009

Stop the Train, I Want to Get Off!

Train travellers got a longer trip than they bargained for in England in January, reported the Daily Express of London.

Because a link to the train’s satnav service was lost, the train operator on a Southern company train traveling from the East Croydon station in London informed his passengers that the train would not be stopping until the end of the line. The unhappy passengers had to fly by six more stations until reaching Caterham, Surrey. Most passengers had to wait a half hour for another train to take them back to their station.

Because some stations have shorter platforms, the conductor was unable to open the correct doors at the six stops enroute. “A lot of our trains have GPS, which recognizes where the train is and allows it to open the doors at the station, depending on the length of the train and the length of the platform,” a spokesman for Southern said. “Doors can be opened manually in an emergency, but we would not recommend it at other times.”

“It’s absolutely bizarre,” said one passenger. “We now have trains that can’t let the passengers out because they fail to pick up signals from outer space.”


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