While enduring todays early morning commute I had some rather amusing reading material that I picked up from the First Capital Connect propaganda stand:
Headlined by a promise to increase peoples chances of getting a seat at peak times (are you laughing yet?), it told of a fabled 'study conducted by specialist external consultants with input from us and jointly funded by the DfT'.
Translating the wankspeak leads us to the message that; using taxpayers money they have paid a bunch of disinterested cretins to 'brainstorm' how they could make it easier to get a seat.
There follows a long and involved explanation of 'huge positive impacts' which essentially boil down to running a couple more trains at peak times. Is it me or is this completely taking the piss?
A tax funded study involving undoubtedly extortionate external consultants (began in 2005), submits the idea of running more trains with more carriages (pure genius) in December 2006 (a year damn well spent I'd imagine).
And what is more, the DfT has only approved the findings 'in principle' meaning that we will not see any improvement until December 2008 (Providing it doesn't run late...which as its a train co...oh bugger).
Read for yourself here if you can be bothered.