Train can ease strain of fam­ily out­ings

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

“Are we there yet?”

It’s the ques­tion that has ex­as­per­ated par­ents on long car jour­neys with their chil­dren for decades.

And now, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey, it’s a ques­tion which ir­ri­tated kids are ask­ing their par­ents on an all too reg­u­lar ba­sis.

The com­pany says games such as I-Spy are slowly dy­ing out and be­ing re­placed, as kids use phones and tablets in the car, ac­cess so­cial me­dia and gen­er­ally get bored far quicker.

As a re­sult, it now ap­par­ently takes the av­er­age child just 37 min­utes to ask the dreaded ques­tion of their be­lea­guered guardians.

So, if par­ents took the high speed train from Ash­ford, they could reach Lon­don St Pan­cras in 37 min­utes, so just as a child is about to ut­ter the cursed en­quiry, they can quickly an­swer: “Yes, we are here.”

We’re not sure how this re­search, pub­lished by pub­lic re­la­tions firm 3Mon­keys Zeno, was done.

It con­jures up some grim images of chil­dren and par­ents be­ing put in a car with cam­eras and a stop­watch and made to drive to Corn­wall. All in the name of sci­ence.

It got us think­ing where else you could rea­son­ably get to within 37 min­utes from Ash­ford. We reckon you can get to lots of places, such as Dym­church, Folke­stone, Ten­ter­den, Can­ter­bury, Maid­stone, Faver­sham, and maybe even fur­ther afield.

It’s amaz­ing what you can find on your doorstep some­times. And you won’t need to an­swer any awk­ward ques­tions.

While we’re on the topic of driv­ing, the sub­ject of speed­ing fines came up in the news­room this week.

We were pleased to learn that a ma­jor­ity of our re­porters are law-abid­ing types who have never been caught speed­ing.

The spot­less record is spoiled by editor Robert Bar­man, who at­tended a speed aware­ness course for what he says was a mi­nor of­fence sev­eral years ago, while Ai­dan Bar­low was snapped by cam­eras on the M20 go­ing through Maid­stone, lead­ing to three points on his li­cence.

But per­haps the big­gest sin­ner in our of­fice is new re­porter Sean Ax­tell, who ad­mit­ted he was caught ex­ceed­ing the limit ON HIS DRIV­ING TEST.

It didn’t lead to any­thing quite as dra­matic as a flash­ing speed cam­era and he claims it was an easy mis­take to have make on a dual car­riage­way.

Maybe the ex­am­iner was bored and asked if they were nearly there.

Ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey, it’s just 37 min­utes into a jour­ney be­fore chil­dren start to ask the dreaded ‘are we there yet’, which is ex­actly the time the high speed rail ser­vice takes to get to Lon­don from Ash­ford; our re­porter was caught speed­ing dur­ing his driv­ing test

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