No, we're not in some parallel public transport universe. It's the high-speed javelin train from Ashford which took 36 minutes to arrive in St Pancras - one whole minute early. While the rest of us are jammed, sweaty and irritable into lesser commuter trains, Ashfordians get to enjoy the speedy service, though they might not get to see much as the countryside flashes by at 140mph. Plus by the 2012 Olympics, the traditionally horrid west-east journey across London will be reduced to a mere 7 minutes from St Pancras to Stratford. Add this to the river revolution and London's public transport future starts to look a whole lot more civilised.
Last Updated 29 June 2009