Extraordinarily, Arriva trains' rail replacement bus service yesterday picked 54 passengers up from Wolverhampton, myself included, deposited us on the platform of a tiny, provincial railway station called Bilbrook somewhere outside Wolverhampton, and left us there standing out in the cold for three hours with no explanation. My journey from London to Borth, usually four hours, took eight. I was beginning to have some faith in the system... "Live in Borth!", I've been saying, "it's four hours door-to-door - no different to the Cotswolds"... But this has been dispelled and replaced with melancholy.
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