'I Have Had to Quit My Job in Sales Because I Couldn't Get Home'

The Evening Standard (London, England), December 13, 2016 | Go to article overview

'I Have Had to Quit My Job in Sales Because I Couldn't Get Home'


Byline: Ben Morgan, John Dunne, David Churchill and Barney Davis

A COMMUTER told how train chaos had forced her to quit her job as passengers today tried desperately to get to work.

Sue Gaitskell told the Standard the erratic Southern service from East Croydon had made her resign her role at a prestigious west London hotel.

She said: "Two months ago I had to resign as head of sales as I worked lots of late nights and couldn't get home.

"My job involves entertaining clients until quite late. I once had to sleep in the conference room because I couldn't get home.

"I was unemployed for two months and at the end of November I couldn't pay my rent."

The 45-year-old, who is in the second week of her new job at a hotel in Waterloo, added: "I could be homeless because of this. I'm looking to relocate somewhere served by more trains.

"The drivers must do their jobs. They worry about safety but they are not helping make it safe for us. They are destroying our lives."

Today all but three platforms were closed at East Croydon station, with Thameslink trains the only services moving through this morning. Many London-bound trains were too full for passengers to get on. Entrances to platforms were closed during the rush hour peak, with staff holding back commuters to stop overcrowding. Valentina Elizabeth, 52, from Sydenham, works as a technician at the University of Creative Arts in Epsom. She said: "Last night I left work at 6. …

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