Post by scheduler on May 15, 2018 23:54:35 GMT
Ealing depot has direct exit to Acton Town eastbound only. Trains stabling must enter from the west, i.e. run via Ealing Broadway to reverse. The plan (hope) is to rebuild the tracks around Ealing Common / Acton Town to provide direct entry to the depot from the Westbound Local lines for District trains.
That suggests the District will no longer serve Ealing Broadway. I've never worked the District or Piccadilly but I'm pretty sure the depot can be accessed from Acton Town so District line trains can access it from there rather than having to go to Ealing
4.13 The MTS also includes proposals to optimise London Underground services in West London. This strategy assumes that on delivery of the DTUP Piccadilly line upgrade, Ealing Broadway will be served by Piccadilly line trains. This will enable increased capacity of at least 25 per cent to be introduced on the busier Richmond and Wimbledon branches of the District line.
The plan is (as stated) to transfer Ealing Broadway service to the Piccadilly, and remove this branch from the District - but as already spotted District trains will still need to run to/from Ealing Common depot. Though when leaving the depot they will not need to mix east and west exit, they will just all exit eastwards to Acton Town. A reversing move at Ealing Common westbound platform into the depot is possible, but very rarely done as the de-training and reversal 5 minute minimum is not a good idea on such a critically busy section of track. Blocking a Piccadilly train or an engineers train running down from Ruislip would not be a popular move. And there's 3 platforms at Ealing Broadway, so all District's stabling for the night reverse there.