Discussion:
TfL Contradictory Announcements
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Recliner
2019-12-17 01:13:54 UTC
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Do people listen to what is said? Whilst having an extended wait at
Paddington Circle/H&C platforms this morning the the Public Address (Sonya) came out with;
"Please stand behind the yellow line at all times" (so how do you ever board a train?)
Shortly followed by;
"Please wait until the train has come to a complete stop before boarding"
(but that means crossing the yellow line and thus requiring you to
disobey the TfL first law!)
Any other examples?
(There is the really old one of having to wait hours at the bottom of the
escalator for a dog as the sign says "Dogs must be carried on the escalator"!
I like some of the platform despatchers, who make live announcements. A few
of them are real characters, who are quite amusing. In particular, they
often point out that the following train is only a minute away, so it might
be worth waiting for it, rather than trying to squeeze on to the already
crammed train waiting to leave the platform.
Charles Ellson
2019-12-17 06:34:42 UTC
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On Tue, 17 Dec 2019 01:13:54 -0000 (UTC), Recliner
Post by Recliner
Do people listen to what is said? Whilst having an extended wait at
Paddington Circle/H&C platforms this morning the the Public Address (Sonya) came out with;
"Please stand behind the yellow line at all times" (so how do you ever board a train?)
Shortly followed by;
"Please wait until the train has come to a complete stop before boarding"
(but that means crossing the yellow line and thus requiring you to
disobey the TfL first law!)
Any other examples?
(There is the really old one of having to wait hours at the bottom of the
escalator for a dog as the sign says "Dogs must be carried on the escalator"!
I like some of the platform despatchers, who make live announcements. A few
of them are real characters, who are quite amusing. In particular, they
often point out that the following train is only a minute away, so it might
be worth waiting for it, rather than trying to squeeze on to the already
crammed train waiting to leave the platform.
Also sarcy comments from drivers when passengers obstruct doors and
"She's lying" when the recorded announcement gave duff information.
Recliner
2019-12-17 10:13:47 UTC
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Post by Charles Ellson
On Tue, 17 Dec 2019 01:13:54 -0000 (UTC), Recliner
Post by Recliner
Do people listen to what is said? Whilst having an extended wait at
Paddington Circle/H&C platforms this morning the the Public Address
(Sonya) came out with;
"Please stand behind the yellow line at all times" (so how do you ever board a train?)
Shortly followed by;
"Please wait until the train has come to a complete stop before boarding"
(but that means crossing the yellow line and thus requiring you to
disobey the TfL first law!)
Any other examples?
(There is the really old one of having to wait hours at the bottom of the
escalator for a dog as the sign says "Dogs must be carried on the escalator"!
I like some of the platform despatchers, who make live announcements. A few
of them are real characters, who are quite amusing. In particular, they
often point out that the following train is only a minute away, so it might
be worth waiting for it, rather than trying to squeeze on to the already
crammed train waiting to leave the platform.
Also sarcy comments from drivers when passengers obstruct doors and
"She's lying" when the recorded announcement gave duff information.
Ah, I've not heard that one!
b***@nowhere.co.uk
2019-12-17 14:26:37 UTC
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On Tue, 17 Dec 2019 10:13:47 -0000 (UTC)
Post by Charles Ellson
On Tue, 17 Dec 2019 01:13:54 -0000 (UTC), Recliner
Post by Recliner
Do people listen to what is said? Whilst having an extended wait at
Paddington Circle/H&C platforms this morning the the Public Address
(Sonya) came out with;
"Please stand behind the yellow line at all times" (so how do you ever
board a train?)
Post by Charles Ellson
Post by Recliner
Shortly followed by;
"Please wait until the train has come to a complete stop before boarding"
(but that means crossing the yellow line and thus requiring you to
disobey the TfL first law!)
Any other examples?
(There is the really old one of having to wait hours at the bottom of the
escalator for a dog as the sign says "Dogs must be carried on the
escalator"!
Post by Charles Ellson
Post by Recliner
I like some of the platform despatchers, who make live announcements. A few
of them are real characters, who are quite amusing. In particular, they
often point out that the following train is only a minute away, so it might
be worth waiting for it, rather than trying to squeeze on to the already
crammed train waiting to leave the platform.
Also sarcy comments from drivers when passengers obstruct doors and
"She's lying" when the recorded announcement gave duff information.
Ah, I've not heard that one!
Think yourself lucky you never had to put up with he utter clown on the
northbound victoria line at green park. He seemed to think he was a WWE ring
master with all the associated patter and BS. Its amusing for 10 seconds then
rapidly becomes excruciating. No idea if he's still there, haven't used that
station for a while.
Charles Ellson
2019-12-17 20:34:32 UTC
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Post by b***@nowhere.co.uk
On Tue, 17 Dec 2019 10:13:47 -0000 (UTC)
Post by Charles Ellson
On Tue, 17 Dec 2019 01:13:54 -0000 (UTC), Recliner
Post by Recliner
Do people listen to what is said? Whilst having an extended wait at
Paddington Circle/H&C platforms this morning the the Public Address
(Sonya) came out with;
"Please stand behind the yellow line at all times" (so how do you ever
board a train?)
Post by Charles Ellson
Post by Recliner
Shortly followed by;
"Please wait until the train has come to a complete stop before boarding"
(but that means crossing the yellow line and thus requiring you to
disobey the TfL first law!)
Any other examples?
(There is the really old one of having to wait hours at the bottom of the
escalator for a dog as the sign says "Dogs must be carried on the
escalator"!
Post by Charles Ellson
Post by Recliner
I like some of the platform despatchers, who make live announcements. A few
of them are real characters, who are quite amusing. In particular, they
often point out that the following train is only a minute away, so it might
be worth waiting for it, rather than trying to squeeze on to the already
crammed train waiting to leave the platform.
Also sarcy comments from drivers when passengers obstruct doors and
"She's lying" when the recorded announcement gave duff information.
Ah, I've not heard that one!
IIRC Met. Line with the PIS apparently refusing to change destination.
It went off entirely for a couple of minutes then came back with the
correct information.
Post by b***@nowhere.co.uk
Think yourself lucky you never had to put up with he utter clown on the
northbound victoria line at green park. He seemed to think he was a WWE ring
master with all the associated patter and BS. Its amusing for 10 seconds then
rapidly becomes excruciating. No idea if he's still there, haven't used that
station for a while.
There used to be a driver on the DC line who rather overdid it with
the scripted and extra DIY announcements, somewhat exceeding what the
current PIS gives. IME too much padding out leads to passengers
missing the important bits.

MissRiaElaine
2019-12-17 14:48:22 UTC
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Post by Recliner
I like some of the platform despatchers, who make live announcements. A few
of them are real characters, who are quite amusing. In particular, they
often point out that the following train is only a minute away, so it might
be worth waiting for it, rather than trying to squeeze on to the already
crammed train waiting to leave the platform.
I remember back in my British Rail days in the 80's, the station
supervisors at a certain large station where I worked for a while, were
also responsible for the announcements.

One of the guys there, who shall remain nameless, was a big fan of the
Irish comedian Dave Allen, and was known to sometimes finish his
announcements with "and may your God go with you" to the amusement of
most (although possibly not the Area Manager..!)
--
Ria in Aberdeen

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