In between making lengthy PA announcements about how he was sorry he didn’t have any information to give us, our train guard mentioned that the station we were stuck at for ten minutes was not a scheduled stop and the doors would not be opening.
I wonder why. What if people wanted to get on or off at that station? Why not make the best of a bad situation? Perhaps official procedure prohibits it, in which case it is a rather petty example of the rule obsession of which Jonathan Pierce complains.
It wasn’t always like this: As a small child in the 80s I clearly remember being led across the tracks with my mother by the station attendant for some reason or another. I’m sure it was perfectly safe. Today such discretion would be unthinkable (third rails notwithstanding).