I finally was on a train that arrived into platform 1 at Earls Court from Wimbledon this morning (train 124), after several announcements of congestion ahead. I was really surprised when I looked out of the window to the left of the train and saw the wall rather than a platform! Disappointingly my wife tells me she has similarly arrived into P1 a few weeks back. Perhaps it is now a move that is now becoming used more when problems with the service are occurring?
Just to clarify, the only crossover to go will be the one between platforms 2/3 (points 17/19) ?
That's correct, other points in the immediate area (12A/B 30A/B) will be smoothed to ease curvature.
No. 17 crossover will be renewed, not removed. The alterations is that the 'B' end, which is currently a single switch working in wide-to-gauge configuration with No. 19 points (trapping a reversing train) will be modified to become a standard crossover. No. 19 points will be decommissioned, requiring a mechanical interlocking modification. I can see how I'll be spending Boxing Day Night!
I hope trains will still be able to arrive eastbound into platform 2, detrain, shunt forward and reverse back into platform 3. If not that could be a disaster. That move is used in the normal working timetable several times and I've just put in several more of them for the engineering works on first weekend in February.