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Dear Boris

There's a cockney in Camden with a message for the Mayor

Published on January 18th 2012.

Dear Boris

Dear Boris,

Those athletes are going to get a really bad impression of us when they get on the train.

You know how you are making all this song and dance about how the Olympics will be good for London and how we all have to shove over a bit to let those marathon runners and TV crews in?

Well I just thought you might like to know, Mr Mayor that if you were to arrive via Heathrow Airport on the Heathrow Express then you had better tell them to get a ticket before they get on the train or it costs another £5. I don’t think there are any signs that say that.

And no concessions – not for pregnant women (not that so many will be competing but you never know) nor for old folks. And it is not an inexpensive £34 return each or £52 for first class (which of course is always empty), plus the extra fiver.

And it is a whopping £19 each way on First Great Western (been a while since they were great in any sense, ain’t it, Boris).

But if you travel on the Heathrow Connect it is only £19 return. And of course if you take the tube it is just £5.30 if you pay cash or £4.30 off peak – I think… cos frankly Boris, it is confusing.

Strikes me as highway robbery, whichever way you want to look at. I think they should be told before they get here, so they don’t get the wrong impression about us and our great capital city.

Yours statistically,
The Last Cockney in Camden


P.s. I just worked out it is cheaper to get from London to Bath – 100 miles for £39, than London to Heathrow return – 40 miles. Daft ain’t it, Boris.

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