So, back on topic:
- How has the Southern Fail fiasco affected the trains from Balham to Clapham Junction and Victoria over the last couple of years, e.g. this week with the overtime ban? In some zone 2 and zone 3 areas it's been an absolute nightmare; trains from Dulwich to London Bridge ran once an hour at peak times for most of the summer, for example. Was Balham better? I'd like to hope so, as trains from Balham tend to be more frequent, but I'd like to hear from local residents.
- When Southern Snail works properly, how good / bad is the service to Victoria? Can you get on at peak times (say, 8 -8.30am) or do you have to wait multiple trains before managing to get on, as in some tube stations? How crowded or bearable do trains tend to be?
- How feasible is it to take the Northern line into central London in the morning (8-8.30am)? Some stations are so crowded that getting from the station to the train can take longer than the journey itself. Is Balham one of these?