Oh joy. A new announcement to join the regular tannoyances about security and the weekend engineering festivities. ‘In order to comply with Government Legislation,’ it announces, leaving us wondering if there’s any other kind, ‘All South West Train stations will be non-smoking from July 1st.’
What, all of them? Vauxhall I can sort of see – the platforms are open air for the most part, but they are also a workplace for the poor sods who have to wave off the trains, so I suppose they have the right not to get people’s smoke in their eyes (and indeed not have to pick up their butts) but Kew Bridge? Not only is Kew Bridge by no stretch of the imagination an enclosed space but it’s an unstaffed station so nobody works there, unless you count the ticket machine which, frankly, I don’t. And I wonder how they’re planning on enforcing it. Maybe they’ll station someone there whose job is solely to tell people not to smoke, so it can be his or her workplace and thus covered under the act. Or maybe they’ll just get one of those shouty CCTV cameras and boss us about remotely.