TfL: would we miss you if you weren’t here?

Sometimes, we might just take living in London for granted. It’s good, sometimes, to be reminded how fortunate we are. But would any of us miss the cramped, uncomfortable, late-running (if not cancelled) public transport in the capital?

Australian journalist James Schloeffel, now back in Melbourne, certainly does, judging by this paen to TfL, published in part in yesterday’s Metro.

“There’s a lot I miss about London. Since I left three months ago I haven’t had a decent curry or watched a game of football. I miss free museums and the little off-licence down the road. I miss Boris Johnson’s hair. But most of all I miss Transport for London.

“In the rushed and often insular world of London, you were like a mother to me TfL. An annoying, monotonous, nagging mother at times, sure. Occasionally bordering on OCD; a little passive aggressive perhaps. But a mother none the less – caring and well meaning, loving and respectful. You soothed me when I was lonely, you held my hand when I was lost, you reassured me when the thought of catching the Tube across London in peak hour seemed all too hard.”

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