The Christmas Shutdown

In other words, do not come to London at Christmas.

I’ve just realized that, on Christmas Day, the London Underground, Overground, DLR (Docklands Light Rail) and all day and night buses will SHUT DOWN.

Basically, the only way to get anywhere that day is to either have your own car, or hail a very overpriced taxi.

I find that incredulously amazing.

I cannot imagine a city, and a city as big and great as this, shutting down its entire public transport system, even if only for a day.

I’ve taken reliable and always available public transport for granted for so long, this makes me wonder: How does it work in other countries? Do they all shut down too?

What if a family wants to go out for a meal?

How will tourists get around town?

Take the kids to the park perhaps?

Get anywhere?!

One of the answers I got is that the people who work in public transport will want to be home for Christmas just as much as anyone else. Well, my point is, if you work in public service, what do you expect? Does the police shut down for Christmas? Do hotels shut down for Christmas?  Do airports shut down for Christmas?

On the other hand, you then realize that Christmas is a serious matter here, how important it is, and how much it means to everyone.

It’s like Chinese New Year…(so when CNY comes round next month and you totally don’t get it, think of it as the equivalent of Christmas to you)…

Except that public transport still runs!!


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