Timmy’s travel day

So, if I were not travelling I would be, at this time, drinking coffee and roaming the internet.

I am travelling and thus am drinking expensive cofeee at an airport and roaming the internet.

I may have made this point before. Travel time just isn’t dead time like it used to be. Thus speed ot travel is all becoming rather less important.

Bit of a bugger for the economics of high speed rail that, isn’t it?

20 comments on “Timmy’s travel day

  1. I’m not convinced that ever really was dead time, at least for anyone who had a brain.

    For me it was a chance to think, read those mind numbing reports that needed reading, maybe write a mind numbing report or any number of tasks that need doing.

    I once spent a train journey from Vienna to Budapest with 3 months of expense receipts laid out on the spare seats while I got them organised and logged them. The border guards were most amused.

  2. Maybe this works if your work consists of drinking coffee and roaming the internet. However, it’s hard to work on planes and trains if, like me, you are in a paranoidly confidentiality-conscious industry. So reducing travel time is a major benefit. Higher travel classes go some (in the case of short-haul planes, rather limited) way towards alleviating this problem, but most customers prefer to make the false economy of ~€15 on the ticket and then pay you to do nothing while travelling.

    Security theatre is all dead time, with the biggest dead time being caused not by being in security, but by the fact that you have no idea, when you set off, if you will be through in 5 minutes or 50 minutes. Thus you are forced by the unpredictability of security queues to waste large amounts of time at the airport because if you get there 2 hours ahead the queue is 5 minutes, if you get there 1 hour ahead then Sod’s law is enforced. Which airport retailers like, but I hardly view as a good use of my time. Again, the work possibility in airport dead time depends on circumstances.

    So there are still plenty advantages to spending less time travelling, though agreed HS2 seems poor value for money. If it were part of a true European backbone high-speed rail network then that would work because it wouldn’t just be “Manchester to London commuters”. But while Britain remains paranoid, keeping its detailed passport scrutiny on travellers from the EU, even at St. Pan. forcing everyone getting off a Eurostar to walk single-file past Gestapo who stare you in the face, presumably looking for wrong’uns and so on. As it will never, under this regime, be possible to just get on a bloody train in Berlin and get off in Leeds without wasting at least 30 minutes on fucking border checks, I agree there is no point to it.

  3. I saw someone make a good comment about HS2 on another blog. Based on a total cost of £75 billion to shave off 15 minutes to get to Brum from London, he stated that it would be cheaper to move Brum 15 minutes closer to London. OK, maybe a joke. But the cost of this thing is just phenomenal and by the time it is ready it will be superceded by technologies.

  4. On the other hand spending £75 billion to take 15 mins LONGER to get to Birmingham sounds like money well spent. £200 billion if you can add an hour.

  5. £75 billion really isn’t the cost of building HS2. It’s the cost of having it built by the wankers in Westminster.

  6. I can’t imagine working in an airport. A train might be possible but unfortunately travel usually involves a car for me.

    HS2 is just a political vanity project, not something intended to be useful. Shame it is so expensive.

  7. It’s just a pissing contest with the rest of the world and particularly the rest of the EU on miles of high speed rail. There was even a suggestion that the high speed trains should run slower to save on emissions.

    If there is an economic case for a new rail line why does it need to be high speed? A regular line would be cheaper to build and wouldn’t need special trains.

  8. HS2 is just another way to strengthen the dominance of London. What would be useful would be some more motorways/railways that go East-West across the country.

  9. Spending money to move Birmingham into Wales would be money well spent. I cannot conceive that anyone would travel to Birmingham for business, unless it was to do a bit of “business”.

  10. I heard that a rogue Scud missile landed in the middle of Birmingham and caused five millions pounds worth of improvements.

  11. DocBud

    I respond here to your post on the fining of parents. Apologies, but my work software has banned access to that thread as “unsuitable material”, so someone must have recently posted something particularly naughty there!

    We’ll have to disagree on this – I believe that as in many areas of law the fining of parents is unfortunately one where the law needs to be rigid, but not rigidly enforced by requiring head teachers to apply reasonable discretion as in most cases (mine and it seems yours) they do. The problem comes when sometimes they don’t act reasonably.

    On your point about fining or sacking striking teachers I wholly agree here. Teachers are not and have never been “professionals” and have benefited from the same career description inflation that affects other areas of the public sector.

  12. Andrew, I bet Brummies are jealous of Manchester being bombed by the IRA. The IRA did a great thing getting rid of the toilet block otherwise known as the Arndale Centre.

  13. “I bet Brummies are jealous of Manchester being bombed by the IRA” – Brum got bombed, some of Timmy’s bloggers are brummies, fuck off.

  14. I did live in Birmingham for a while and this thread was funny until references to IRA bombs came in. Could we drop that folks.

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