“With all the potential …

“With all the potential for cancellations and manifold failure – signals, points, engine – he’d allowed ample time for delays but, on this occasion, there were none; everything went smoothly and he got to the airport with time to spare. In this way the country’s injury-prone transport system contrived to waste your time even when nothing went wrong”.

Reflection on UK’s transport system from Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer

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