East London Line vs London Bridge service

Paedophiles have more genes in common with crabs than they do with you and me. Now that is scientific fact — there's no real evidence for it — but it is scientific fact.

The dysfunctional family life of Brockley Central has created a happy scientific accident to match the discovery of microwave ovens, Post-it notes or Viagra. We had the day off today so accompanied our wife from Brockley to help out at Homemade London. At Brockley Station, we were offered a choice of whether to catch a London Bridge train or wait for the East London Line train.

Our wife refused to be a minute later than she needed to be, we refused to pay the extra money for a train ticket on top of a tube ticket. Neither of us would budge. As a result, she got on a train to London Bridge, leaving six minutes before the East London Line train that we hopped on. Both journeys proceeded without delay and we ended up on the same Jubilee Line train, bumping in to each other at Bond Street, as we got off. We were so happy to have "won" that we forgave her her choice.

So, allowing for her ponderous walking pace, we can definitively state that the East London Line is the faster option if you want to get anywhere on a journey involving the Jubilee Line.

28 comments:

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Not if like me you start at St Johns and have to change at New Cross.........

Anonymous said...

the lengths some people will go to avoid being stuck in a confined space with you nick . . .

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure why you say you won? At the end of the day, as they say, you both arrived at the same time as you'd had to wait 6 minutes. Yes, the actual journey time is shorter but it totally depends on how lucky you are with timings. Personally I would prefer to get on the train if it came sooner, just to save standing around on the platfom, even if the journey does take slightly longer. All in all, hoorah that we have 2 very good and fast options.

Brockley Nick said...

I won because I got the cheaper option and arrived at the same time.

Ed said...

Agree with quicker times on ELL sorry OG; it's the longish change at LB that does it I reckon.

Brockley Kate said...

Are you sure you hadn't had garlic for dinner the previous evening, Nick?

George said...

Ah, yes... but there were two of you and only one wife.

Brockley Kiwi said...

Wow? Really? That's so unexpected!

Hardly a ground breaking conclusion Nick. The walk from lb platforms to jubilee line makes that a no brainer.

Still, I'm with you. The ELL/LOR has changed my life for the better.

Brockley Nick said...

I like the way everyone assumes that it was her running away from me. I was the one who waited for the next train you know! ;)

Andy Endwell said...

Well done old chap.

Monkeyboy said...

I've run it through the spreadsheet. Lou is 78% likely to disagree. HH is 67% likely to claim it's quicker by bike. Hugh is 40% likely to be considerably richer than you. The cat is 98% likely to blame the difference on foreigners. I like science.

confused dot org said...

ermmmm the train is more expensive ??

I thought they were both the same price ? ?

Tommo said...

The journey costs more if you take the train then the tube (a special combined rail and tube fare).
If you take the ELL then Jubilee line it counts as a single tube journey (they're both TfL services)

This was one of the concessions Boris made to the train companies when Oyster was introduced on National Rail - it was something Ken wouldn't budge on.

Ramble said...

I always thought it was the same price too!

silburnl said...

It *is* the same price if you have a travelcard.

tracy said...

I know no one is interested in commuting stories to Croydon but it is possible to leave 10 minutes later on a Southern train but arrive at East Croydon before the ELL to West Croydon as these get held at red signals outside West Croydon station. What would Einstein have made of that eh!

THNick said...

Tracy - the ELL is more frequent but slower over the ground that proper trains. So just like the other tube lines then ? *ducks*

Anonymous said...

What is this obsession with public transport?

Anonymous said...

It makes cities work. Next....

Anonymous said...

Silly me I thought it might be people that made cities work

Anonymous said...

No, people and infastructure, you know sewers, roads, shops and....wait for it.... Public transport. If you have seven million people in a concentrated area you need an efficient way to get round. Next....

Anonymous said...

No, people and infastructure, you know sewers, roads, shops and....wait for it.... Public transport. If you have seven million people in a concentrated area you need an efficient way to get round. Next....

Anonymous said...

...and it isn't public transport.

Monkeyboy said...

LU handles close to a billion passenger journeys a year., you're wrong. Get over it.

Tressilliana said...

Anons talking to each other - very confusing!

To the anon who is sceptical about public transport - how would you suggest millions of people get about London, then? If cars are involved, where would they all go during the day? That, of course, is assuming that they don't spend the entire day in gridlock.

Tamsin said...

And love 'em or hate 'em the bendy buses are a super-efficient way of shifting large quantities of people. There used to be another type of single-decker bus designed primarily for people standing that, being quite short in the wheelbase, would nip around Central London, fairly well in the pre-congestion charge days. I have dim memories of getting on them from Cannon Street when I was cutting things too fine to walk, but I haven't seen them for years.

Anonymous said...

oo-er, I commented on the obsession on this blog with public transport, thats all. Public transport is a necessary evil, there are other things in life.

Tamsin said...

Actually, having said that I saw one this afternoon when in Hoxton (thank you extended ELL, you do have some advantages) doing Open House things - a DS1.

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