Last year, Network Rail closed the Loop so that they could renew the track. All the Wirral Line trains started and finished at James Street for about a month, with a shuttle bus taking people to Lime Street.
At the time, I was still working, and I was catching a London Midland train from Lime Street. So for a month, I was disgorged at James Street, and I dashed across town to catch the Crewe train (the bus was rarely waiting outside the station, and I got antsy at the thought of waiting for it and possibly missing my connection). It was an inconvenience, but hey: I'm British. I adopt my stiff upper lip and put up with this kind of thing.
This summer Network Rail decided to close the section of the Northern Line between Central and Hunts Cross, for similar reasons. A rail replacement bus was provided for the displaced passengers, though there are also buses that parallel the route. Fair enough.
But here's the thing: Northern Line passengers got FREEBIES.
Robert is a regular on that route, and a couple of weeks ago he tweeted that there were staff at the station handing out MtoGo vouchers for cheap coffee - an apology for the inconvenience. Hmmm.
Then yesterday, he was given this:
Yes, he got given a Merseyrail umbrella.
So my question is, where were my freebies? Where were my bits of branded tat? I'm outraged. We got nothing at Birkenhead Park, once the Loop reopened, NOTHING. Yes, I'm bitter.
Enjoy your umbrella, Robert. I hope it collapses on you during a rain storm and you end up getting pneumonia.