Getting back to Bradford from York today was interesting. Sundays are when Network Rail likes to close routes to do engineering work, since fewer season ticket holders travel on Sundays, but this of course means delays, diversions and replacement bus services.
In the past I’ve not had many problems but today we were hit by a triple-whammy of line closures north of York, between Church Fenton and Leeds, and from Bradford to Halifax. Though the second of those was the only to affect us directly, meaning our York – Leeds train was diverted via Castleford (and was standing room only), the latter meant that trains from Leeds to Manchester Victoria were going via Brighouse instead of Bradford. A fact we realised about 30 seconds before the train was due to depart. And the train to Bradford left at the same time from another platform, which we only just managed to catch.
On most other days of the week the trains are good and reliable, but Sundays are often difficult. This was perhaps an extreme example but it could have lead to us getting stuck in Brighouse on a Sunday night and having to pay for a taxi back to Bradford.