When bike is faster than train..

Can a bike be faster than a train? Oh definitely….especially during this period of chaotic timetables on Thameslink.

I took the opportunity to hammer my way down to Potters Bar, close to the M25 (London’s outer ring road). It was 111km (70 miles) and it took me something over 4 hours, including a couple of stops. A super ride, along lots of surprisingly quiet country lanes, past George Bernard Shaw’s house, through parks and urban woodland, to Potters Bar station, where I would conveniently catch a train back to St Neots, just 17km from my home.

Conveniently? You have got to be kidding….! The first of my two trains was cancelled, for lack of a driver. Thameslink simply have not trained enough drivers for the new schedules. My second train from Stevenage was also cancelled, presumably for exactly the same reason.

So by the time I got home, including the ride from the station, my journey back by train had taken longer than my ride down. Moral of the story?

I suppose you could say the trains were delayed by a head wind…..ūüėĀ

About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace‚Ķ‚Ķ‚Ķtaking the road less travelled‚Ķ‚Ķ..striving for the ‚Äėfaculty of making happy chance discoveries‚Äô in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on July 9, 2018, in Cycling UK and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Thanks Frank for confirming why I never travel by train. Even if the train runs, the connecting bus fails, as for my last attempt to use public transport for Nottingham Beer Festival. Car & bike is always my option.

    • Peter, you may remember in the 60s, the egg-marketing board had an advert: “Go to work on an egg”. On Stockton station, Br Rail had put up a board beside it saying “It’s quicker by train”. Given the present state of affairs, I would definitely opt for the egg…..

  2. Our train here keeps being replaced by a bus. Go figure that one.

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