You're Doing Your Transport Delay All Wrong

Tabish Khan
By Tabish Khan Last edited 19 months ago
You're Doing Your Transport Delay All Wrong
This train seems to be running fine, but that's not always the case, especially at rush hour. Photo by Matt Buck from the Londonist Flickr pool.

The train is running late ... again. You express your annoyance by sighing loudly and glancing around irritatedly.

This happens every day, you mutter to no-one in particular, before firing off a furious/irony-laden tweet to the train operator.  

By the time you're in work your stress levels are at the red line, and you bring the whole office down with your venting.

Let me tell you: YOU'RE DOING IT ALL WRONG.

What's the alternative?

Stop stressing.

Fire off an email/text to your boss about the delay (most people commute, so they'll understand), then recline, safe in the knowledge you have an extra 20 minutes/30 minutes/hour/whatever. Carpe diem! Read an extra few chapters in your book, listen to a new album or finish off the Londonist podcast.

Huffing and puffing doesn't get you to your destination any faster (unless your destination is a stress-induced heart attack). If it did, then all London buses, trains and the tube would run at supersonic speeds.

Resolve to make the most of that time.

Hell, why not even use it as a chance to NOT hurry to the office? When you finally get off your anger-filled carriage take the long walk to your desk — seek out a part of the city you've not seen yet.

Then breeze into work, apologise for being late, and crack on with your day.

Last Updated 25 October 2016

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Peter Marshall

Hmm. Except complaining via sarcastic to the two train companies that operate my commute between St. Pancras and Luton Airport Parkway, Thameslink and East Midlands Trains about the serial delays which build up to a serious cumulative effect, but which each one-by-one was below the 30 minute trigger for delay compensation got me a £50 ex gratia payment....


If my daily journey could be free I will never complain...but actually I spend every months £212. So I got all the right to be pissed every morning.


All good. Most employers will expect you to work later for the delay though.

Rob Smith

If its an option you could get off a slow moving train a stop early and walk/bus it/ Boris bike it the rest of the way. Probably wont get you there any quicker but more interesting and less stress


Sorry, don't agree. We pay a lot of money for what should be a good service (by that I mean turning up on time consistently). That doesn't happen and if you don't voice our anger the we're accepting it.

In the evenings when we've been delayed an hour late and you've let friends down, can get to your evening classes (you've payed money for) or generally just want an evening with the fan after an extremely busy day... how do you suggest we "relax" and take it in our stride?


The author of this article clearly does not live in the real world where manager's care little about delayed trains and more about punctuality and attendance records.

Regardless of that, people pay a fortune to travel on woefully inadequate rail franchises such as Southern and South West Trains. It's unacceptable that train companies are allowed to get away with such poor services. People have every right to get angry.


This is lovely. Everyone needs a reminder that it's not the end of the world when the train is late. I feel calmer already. I love the Londonist!


What an absolute load of boloxios. If I'm late it means edits get delayed, rehearsals are pushed back, stress levels rise. It's all well and good being late if you live in the authors world where you get paid to write rubbish like this