Rail delays caught on camera

'This is the tale of Southern Rail and the trains that failed and failed and failed.'

The title frame from Dom Pate's YouTube video
The title frame from Dom Pate's YouTube video

Frustrated by constant commuting delays preventing him from seeing his young daughter, Dom Pates decided the film camera could be mightier than the sword.

Dom, 45, lives in Portslade but works as an educational technologist in Islington in London, so he’s used to a delays on his daily commute.

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“It is a real lottery for what it is going to be like,” said Dom, who would often vent his annoyance on Twitter, before one of his friends suggested he make a video of his experiences.

It normally takes him four hours to get to and from work each day, but his ‘horror show’ commute can take double that, he says.

“I probably spend about half a working week going to and from the office,” he said.

The YouTube video was made over a three week period this summer, and captures Dom’s day-to-day commuting experiences as he deals with crowded trains and delayed services.

“I did not go into it thinking that this film will make something change.

“The passenger needs to be represented, the commuter needs to be represented in all of this. In one small way I think it has achieved that.”

Dom has a three-year-old daughter who he says he does not see in the week when the delays are particularly bad.

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