Quote of the day: Boris' winter wonderland edition

Oh yeah, Boris?¬†With only two of 13 London Overground and Underground services running on time, the Mayor of London claimed that TFL was “coping well”. As we can see below, the reality for shoppers attempting to get home was somewhat different:

As tweeter Dawn Foster quipped earlier:

Was it snowing underground?

Hat-tip: Adam Bienkov.


  1. Tom
    Posted December 18, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Hey, just want to defend the Underground – it’s not that it snows underground, it is because workers cannot get in and/or the steps to the those stations are unsafe. Possibly, because there is a layer of snow/ice between the train and the conductive rail that helps power the train, this may also cause problems with traction and breaking.

    Still funny though!

  2. Posted December 18, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Just to back up Tom’s comment, its interesting to see that the lines which have substantial parts of their route above ground, such as the Met, Central etc, all have severe delays, whilst lines such as Waterloo 7 City (completely underground) and Victoria (underground bar a short section near the depot) are unaffected.

    However, Boris’ comment is just non-sensical – he should just admit to the problems and get on with sorting them, instead of sticking his head in the sand (or should that be snow?)

  3. Posted December 18, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Generally, two things:

    1) Boris isn’t usually around at the weekends
    2) He all but admitted last week that he doesn’t really follow Twitter, that’s his PR team

    Given that, it’s more ‘why the hell was it more important to encourage people to shop than give them accurate travel advice on the network the Mayor’s responsible for?’.

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