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30 Oct 2013 - 11:20108657
Is everyone home safe from Expo?
As one of the people stranded in London on Monday thanks to the weather, I just wanted to check how everyone else is. (I'm home safe now thankfully!)

Has everyone heard back from friends who were away?

Anyone still stuck?

I feel sorry for our international guests stuck here by grounded flights! At least I was stuck in a country where I speak the language, and can get the currency!


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30 Oct 2013 - 11:42108658
I got home pretty easilly Sunday evening (albeit on a very slow train due to engineering works). I couldn't get back in to London for work on Monday though and it seemed there was pretty much nothing running trainwise untill late afternoon. Pretty much all my friends appear to have made it home eventually one way or another though. I don't envy those who had to travel from far afield!


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30 Oct 2013 - 11:51108660
I was pretty lucky. Went home on Monday and it took a few hours longer than usual. But all the rail staff who I spoke to for information were really nice and helpful. I imagine it can't have been an easy day for them. And I'm glad I now go via Stratford International rather than London Victoria because when I was on the train to Ashford my sister rang and told us that almost all trains from that station were cancelled. Luckily she was taking a coach anyway.


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30 Oct 2013 - 12:44108664
Luckily it wasn't as bad as it could have been for me. I was worried at first since I wasn't sure how much money I had left on my card after the weekend. When I got to the train station I considered travelling over to the coach station but that would have meant more money on both tube and coach costs and I didn't know if they were affected as well.

We thought it best to go and sit in the next-door McDonalds for a couple of hours since it was more comfortable than waiting at the train boards. It actually ended up quite nice that we ended up chatting with different people after I came back from checking the situation. We spent time talking with a family that were trying to get to a job interview and later a mother and child who ended up having a lot of fun looking through the Expo brochure, showing us his drawings and trying on parts of my friend's Iron Man costume. When the trains did start running again they were only going to a couple of destinations but thankfully the main one was my stop. I got approached by someone who asked us about our situation since we had a lot of stuff with us and if he could record a quote from me for radio, but I declined since I wasn't sure it was a good idea.


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30 Oct 2013 - 14:05108666
After seeing the time trains were supposed to start again slip back every few hours, we gave up and booked a hotel on the Monday night, and got coach tickets for the Tuesday.

Even then the coaches were packed, and we didn't get home until 9 or 10. I heard some trains were getting through, but given how many were affected, we didn;t fancy our chances, and we had a tone of luggage, so it was hard to improvise at short notice.


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30 Oct 2013 - 15:44108669
Well I was extremely lucky after leaving the excel me and my friend went on the tube from west ham to kings cross which had delays which meant we missed our train but we ended up getting on the last train to Edinburgh as we live just past Newcastle but the train was so ridiculously packed people were sitting on luggage in the aisle.


30 Oct 2013 - 20:07108675
I got home on Monday but it took me over 7 hours to do the trip from London to Portsmouth, something that normally takes me just over 2 hours. I couldn’t believe it when I looked up at the departure boards at Waterloo and saw that everything was cancelled.


01 Nov 2013 - 12:15108755
A few of my friends got stranded in London because of all the cancellations at King's Cross - we were lucky and were going by coach, so it was all fine for us, thank god!


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