Monday, 28 June 2010
"The quiet coach is a myth"
Another instalment from the Not-So-Quiet-Coach on Virgin Trains.
Tonight's travel companions? A family with young children. Adults valiantly trying to keep them quiet, which is something.
Besuited man two rows ahead of me asked them to keep quiet in low but cross tones.
And then he complained to the train manager about it when she came to check the tickets. She said "We can't do anything about children in the quiet coach".
He gave her a hissed earful.
She turned away from him when it looked like he hadn't quite finished.
He grabbed his bag and stomped out of the coach.
Now I don't think that getting stroppy with the family was the approach I'd have taken. As an auntie of five I know that young children don't do quiet unless they're asleep.
But if the train manager can't / won't do anything, then as Relative Sanity quite rightly says, the quiet coach is a myth.
I don't think there's any point at all in forbidding customers to use mobile phones in here if Virgin aren't going to at least try and control noise created by other passengers.
Thankfully it doesn't cost extra to sit in here, which is something. But perhaps it should. I'd gladly pay a premium to sit in a genuinely quiet coach. And I do mean genuinely quiet. Not as it currently is.
Because it does make it very difficult to work if the environment is noisy.
Speed the day when I can afford to travel first class :-)
UPDATE: Another tweet contact has quite rightly pointed out that it can be awkward if a family's booked seats and have ended up in the quiet coach. Perhaps Virgin should add - or designate - a family coach.
UPDATE 2: I have contacted Virgin Trains customer service using the feedback form on their website, to give my feedback about the quiet coach issues I've encountered. Let's see what effect that has...