The line closures as part of yesterday’s engineering works on the London Underground could have been arranged better, although my paranoia reminds me that if they’d been specifically designed to prevent me getting from Victoria to North Action they could barely have done a more sterling job without actually closing the stations involved (which is probably against the rules of the Let’s Fuck Up Chris Limb’s Journey game).
After a straightforward and swift journey from Brighton to Victoria I discovered that the Victoria Line was closed.
Never mind, I thought, I’ll just get the Circle Line to Notting Hill Gate and change onto the Central Line there. Unfortunately the Circle Line was closed as well.
Never mind, I thought, I’ll just get the District Line to Earl’s Court, change onto the Edgware Road branch there and ride northbound to Notting Hill Gate, changing onto the Central Line there. Unfortunately the Edgware Road Branch of the District Line was closed as well.
Never mind, I thought, I’ll just get the District Line to Hammersmith, change onto the Hammersmith & City Line there and ride northbound to Wood Lane, changing onto the Central Line at the brand spanking new station there. Unfortunately the Hammersmith & City Line was closed as well.
You get the picture. In the end I had a tortuous journey involving the Overground, walking through the Westfield Centre in Shepherd’s Bush and paying twice as much for the privilege (as I had to touch out at one station, walk to the next and touch in again).
The expression “insult to injury” springs to mind. I’m sure they’re doing it on purpose.