Last reply 8 years ago
Train pain?

Hello everyone!

I’m new. I was wondering if any of you work in London and if you do, how do you cope with the commute? I’m finding it harder and harder. I think it’ll be the thing that makes me give up work, eventually, which is pretty depressing.

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fluffysignet
8 years ago

I get a couple of First Capital Connect trains and then a tube, and this take around 45mins, of which 35 will be standing. I know FCC have a priority seat card, but they don’t advertise it very widely so I’m reluctant to use one, as I don’t think people will cooperate. I emailed them about this and got a curt, unhelpful response. I’d like to know how other people deal with problems commuting.


ghada
8 years ago

Hi there,
I spent a week in London as i have some of my biggest sites are there and i hated teh commute. I used to try and lean against a pole on the train or tube etcas much as possible and took a pair of comfortable shoes to wear once commuting. However, i did come back to work in newcastle (home) with hardly any commute so i do sympathise. Hope that helps and you get more responses from here
ghada x
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djdsouza
8 years ago

The commute from Watford to London Euston is about 20 minutes. I use my powered wheelchair and generally always get a space for my wheelchair. If I don’t, I run people’s feet over! 😉
Am fortunate in living where I live.


djdsouza
8 years ago

The commute from Watford to London Euston is about 20 minutes. I use my powered wheelchair and generally always get a space for my wheelchair. If I don’t, I run people’s feet over! 😉
Am fortunate in living where I live.


djdsouza
8 years ago

…and just found out assistance can be booked online. Something else that makes your life easier when commuting

omg i feel tired just reading this!


ozi77
8 years ago

Before i took medical retirement i used to take subsidised taxis to and from work via a not widely publicised government scheme called ‘Access to Work’. It was set up to enable people with mobility issues to continue working.

more info here;
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/Employmentsupport/WorkSchemesAndProgrammes/DG_4000347


djdsouza
8 years ago

Access To Work is very good, once sorted is a great help.Was recommended to me by my Occupational Therapist at the neurological hospital. (NHNN is mine)


t
8 years ago

What do you do FlufflySignet? I know this won’t help with the actual commute but have you explored the option of flexible working so you can work some of the time from home? It’s obviously only possible depending on the type of work you do. If not, have you thought about asking for your hours to possibly be adjusted so that you’re not travelling during busy times and, therefore, are more likely to get a seat on the train?

PS. Welcome to Shift.ms!


fluffysignet
8 years ago

Hi everyone, thanks for your responses!

My OT also mentioned Access to Work but it seems a bit extreme when all I really need is a seat on the train and to not be pushed over when I’m trying to get up the stairs! I might check it out though.

I work in online media for a health regulator and they’re very good about things. I work from home once a week which really helps. Because we’re part of a service desk, I have core hours when I need to be available in case something goes wrong although they have mentioned I could change these. It would mean getting up earlier though!


djdsouza
8 years ago

Try ringing the train company to book assistance. You deserve assistance for a seat because of your MS and the train company can and should help.

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