Travel Nightmare


I usually drive to home games, but yesterday my usual route round the M25 was disrupted by a chemical spill that had closed the road and caused severe delays. Knowing this before I left home, I checked the tube options. I have two options normally if travelling by tube, which are either Met line from Hillingdon, or Central line from West Ruislip. The Met line was closed due to engineering works, so off to West Ruislip it was. Now usually this option would be Central to Mile End, then District to Upton Park – a straightforward trip. However, the District was shut between Tower Hill and West Ham due to engineering works. So the “reserve” option was to switch to the Jubilee at Bank through to West Ham and pick up the District there. No real problem, or it shouldn’t have been!

When my train had reached Northolt, the driver announced that due to a signal failure at Liverpool Street, trains were being held while the power was switched off. 10 minutes later, we were off again, but the signal fault had not been fixed and it was very slow going from then on. After a protracted journey into White City, I decided that at the current rate of progress, I was unlikely to make the kick-off. So another change of plan – hopped off at White City, nipped down to Wood Lane and took the H&C to Hammersmith, then changed again to the District line to Westminster, changed to Jubilee to Stratford, then District again  to Upton Park, arriving about 2 minutes after kick-off.

Was it worth it? Well, not really, as the game finished 0-0, and it was a scoreline that fairly reflected the game. At least the journey home was OK.

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