Next time Rail/TFL staff expect a chunky payrise??

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Found 16th Nov 2017
A rail company in Japan has apologised after one of its trains departed 20 seconds early.

Management on the Tsukuba Express line between Tokyo and the city of Tsukuba say they "sincerely apologise for the inconvenience" caused.

In a statement, the company said the train had been scheduled to leave at 9:44:40 local time but left at 9:44:20.

Many social media users reacted to the company's apology with surprise.


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We would get sacked for that. They get away with murder over there.
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We would get sacked for that. They get away with murder over there.

Quite right, i used to get caught out a lot with the train leaving early.

Tbh it looks like a publicity stunt to me anyway. I can't believe that trains are timed and advertised to depart in 10 second increments. Unless someone could show me the timetable showing the train departure time as 09:44:40?

At least he was on time.

deeky28 m ago

Tbh it looks like a publicity stunt to me anyway. I can't believe that …Tbh it looks like a publicity stunt to me anyway. I can't believe that trains are timed and advertised to depart in 10 second increments. Unless someone could show me the timetable showing the train departure time as 09:44:40?


Nah I can't anything about seconds on their timetables
it is true that you can a refund if the train is as little as 2 minutes late
I would have thought it would be obvious that leaving two minutes early is far worse ?

you can also get an 'excuse certificate' if your train is late
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Wongy11020 m ago

Nah I can't anything about seconds on their timetablesit is true that you …Nah I can't anything about seconds on their timetablesit is true that you can a refund if the train is as little as 2 minutes lateI would have thought it would be obvious that leaving two minutes early is far worse ?you can also get an 'excuse certificate' if your train is latehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delay_certificate


I didn't think so. It's hard enough fitting trains in when working in minutes.

OllieSt40 m ago

The Japanese train system is awesome. Lots of pointing and calling


They're not perfect. 2:25 - stood at the open door of a moving train? What if he fainted? 'Door open in traffic' is a safety of the line incident over here.

I imagine Japanese tourists buying a train ticket on Southern Rail have a huge culture shock when they discover that they might as well have bought a lottery ticket...

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Quote:
"For those not in the know, Southern Rail is probably the worst run enterprise since Enron which specialises in not running trains on time, not having enough trains, not having enough drivers, annoying those drivers so much that they go on strike, completely screwing over customers and, yet, somehow not being stripped of its franchise by the government. It’s remarkable really, it’s like that guy at work who’s always ill, never does anything when he’s in, but HR can’t pin enough on him to fire him. You’ve almost got to admire it. Almost."
Edited by: "m00head" 16th Nov 2017

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TFL/Rail companies should be sending some execs out to Japan to learn how its done.
The victorians built a fantastic railway system, followed by many decades of little or no investment. I think they missed an opportunity when they planned HS2, instead of extending the lines, they should have gone for some super fast maglev type technology, if you could make Leeds/Manchester to london in under an hour, it would be a fantastic boost for the economy.

Along with some sensible pricing, often for me its cheaper to drive or fly than catch the train.

in an age where we are going to have self driving cars the first thing that should have been self driving was trains, they work on tracks that can only go in one direction, they only have to worry about is other trains, not all of the hundreds of things that can affect a car. It would stop all of the strikes and the 40 to 50K a train driver or if you work for southern up to 70 could be put back into the network, would even let them keep the guards, which oddly aren't used on all lines anyway.

eslick4 m ago

in an age where we are going to have self driving cars the first thing …in an age where we are going to have self driving cars the first thing that should have been self driving was trains, they work on tracks that can only go in one direction, they only have to worry about is other trains, not all of the hundreds of things that can affect a car. It would stop all of the strikes and the 40 to 50K a train driver or if you work for southern up to 70 could be put back into the network, would even let them keep the guards, which oddly aren't used on all lines anyway.


That's not very nice, wishing people out of work

deeky39 m ago

That's not very nice, wishing people out of work

but its ok to get rid of taxi drivers, lorry drivers but not for the ones who get everyone to work and often dont. World is changing, we were told as kids in the 80s we would have more time than any other generation as robots would take over and its taken all of these year but its happening more than ever, robotics and automation are removing jobs all of the time, once the assembly lines now everywhere.

eslick4 m ago

but its ok to get rid of taxi drivers, lorry drivers but not for the ones …but its ok to get rid of taxi drivers, lorry drivers but not for the ones who get everyone to work and often dont. World is changing, we were told as kids in the 80s we would have more time than any other generation as robots would take over and its taken all of these year but its happening more than ever, robotics and automation are removing jobs all of the time, once the assembly lines now everywhere.


I didn't say it was ok. I don't like to see anyone lose their job, whether it be to automation or anything else.

deeky11 m ago

I didn't say it was ok. I don't like to see anyone lose their job, whether …I didn't say it was ok. I don't like to see anyone lose their job, whether it be to automation or anything else.



agree but sadly sign of the times. the point i was trying to make was if trains dont run on time or often not at all, staff getting paid a fortune for what they do and then striking. you could have a more efficent railway system if the trains were automated. If the unions thought there was a chance of driverless trains they might help to make the railway service more effieient at least not having strikes every 5 minutes but judging by the strike last year in London where they were striking about automated ticket machines that came in years ago they probably wouldnt. And they would strike anyway because the jobs were going so in the end you will never have a efficient railway system in this country. Just never going to happen.

off to japan for xmas already got my jr rail pass saves me a fortune
and yes the trains run like clockwork
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