Planning fail

Wednesday 15th June 2011

I’m travelling down to Cardiff tomorrow to visit some friends, and because I’ve done the drive to Cardiff so many times that it’s become incredibly tedious, I’m going to go by train. So I went to to book my ticket, from Birmingham to one of the stations in Cardiff, via Cardiff Central (for reasons unknown, it won’t let me plan a route from my local station). Here is the journey that the online planner suggested. Note the first 3 stages:

Hmm. I think I’ll book my ticket elsewhere.

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Wednesday 15th June 2011, 5:35 pm



Thursday 16th June 2011, 11:17 am

I guess they’ve tried to get the algorithm to have less time waiting at stations, with the side effect that it sometimes sends you on pointless loops when stations are close together…


Saturday 18th June 2011, 5:06 pm

I’m not really sure to be honest. Usually when you want to plan a journey to leave at a certain time, it’ll just show the trains leaving around that time. And this is at the start of the trip, it’s not like it was a changeover point or anything.



Sunday 19th June 2011, 10:17 am

I dunno, seems as good a way as any to pass a spare 50 mins :P You never know who you might meet on the way…

How was Cardiff?


Sunday 19th June 2011, 3:48 pm

Yeah, it was good. Caught up with a load of mates, and drank lots of great beer. Can’t get much better than that!

(except now I need to catch up with work. Sigh)

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