I see that the radio programme ‘Any Questions’ was cancelled last night because the panellists could not get to Durham for the programme. I think I know why.
I was speaking yesterday, on the Big Society and universities, at a conference at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and decided to travel back to Hull in the evening. The 8.30 p.m. Hull Trains service was cancelled, so I caught the 8.33 East Coast service. I should have got back to Hull by 11.30 p.m. There were major problems with signals just outside Retford. The train came to a halt just beyond Newark and stayed there for hours. We were in a queue of several trains, with little or no information being relayed to the train. I got back to Hull just after 4.00 a.m.
I should add that I was quite hungry when I boarded the train: I had not eaten since having a salad lunch at the conference. It was only after the train had pulled out of King’s Cross that it was announced that, because of earlier problems, there were no catering facilities on board!
Still, I managed to mark the undergraduate dissertations I had with me.