I know they'll be making assumptions about how many people may use Thameslink once the new timetable kicks in, but how many Londoners even know it exists? If TFL persist in not putting at least part of the route on the tube map, then a good number of people will not know about the service and thus continue using the Jubilee line to London Bridge and Greenwich.
Today I saw a Met train go into the siding from the westbound platform. A Piccadilly line train then terminated at Rayners Lane (its destination read Rayners Lane). I did not see what happened next, because I took an Eastbound Met train, although at Harrow, an out of service Met train passed the station without stopping.
I remember reading on these forums not so long ago that it was quicker using the crossover (sorry, don't know the correct term) to go directly from westbound to eastbound track, rather than going into the siding and then reversing into eastbound. My question thus is, why did this Met line train go into the siding in the way it did?
Hi Today (9/10/17) I finished Uni at 6pm and waited a few mins at Euston Square to get an all stations Uxbridge service home. At Baker St they decided to make this a semi fast which is inconvenient for a Preston Rd user. I got off at Finchley Rd and had to wait for 4 Semis/Fasts after the one I had got off (12 mins) until the next all Stations came.
Why is there such an infrequent service to Preston Rd in the evening peaks. Half my train got off at Preston Rd taking me a few mins to get out and I was in a rear carriage closest to the exit.
Cant they just run more Semis to Preston Rd and Northwick Pk especially when there is such a demand for these stations? The passengers going to Watford or Uxbridge will only lose a few mins at most which they do half the time anyway when the train is an all stations.
Since the introduction of the S stock, the service pattern has gotten more complex with Fast and Semi-Fast services running Southbound only in the morning peaks and Northbound only in the evening peaks (leaving the contraflows out of this one).
During the morning, taking a southbound train, I regularly notice semi-fast services going northbound (usually going Harrow) so probably some service recovery. Unless I am reading the working timetable incorrectly however, I do see some trains pencilled in to Watford as semi-fast.
Come on Chris, you should know by now that the railway doesn't thrive on logic!
There is (was?) a way to bodge a credit transfer between one Photocard on the TOM (Ticket Office Machine) but it's not strictly by the book so you'd be relying on an old-school SAMF being willing to help. There are genuine technical limitations when it comes to Photocards (because you can't replace them on the spot, for instance) rather than just political "this is not a ticket office" ones.
If it's any consolation, now that Faster Universal Load is rolled out the credit transfer should be almost as fast as an instant one at a station, and of course you now don't have to travel there first.
I'll have a look through the online pages and see what I can find, thanks.
My new 18+ student oyster card arrived and there is a period of overlap where both my old and new one are valid. My travelcard expired so I wish to return the old one. I cant seem to find any instructions how to return and transfer remaining credit from it to a new one. I vaguely remember I just go to a station and "ask staff"? Is this correct and what exactly will they do?
Things should improve once the new signalling and the new trains have arrived. Crossrail should also relieve some pressure on the Heathrow Branch and also for those travelling to Ealing Broadway but using the Picc for some of the journey. Just have to wait it out...
I do wish drivers would be more consistent in announcing where the trains are going before and upon arrival at Acton Town however...
It would help of course, if the current station issues were not hidden in an obscure place, taking several clicks and if they were given equal importance alongside the line information. I wonder how many people know about the station issues status and also how many people assume the line delay information includes information about the station issues...
It seems certain that Crossrail will extend to Gravesend or Ebbsfleet in the next several years, when this happens how would SE services be effected?
There's talk of curtailing all SE Trains at Abbey Wood but this seems unlikely, especially since a large proportion of Medway and Gravesend commuters travel to Woolwich and Greenwich, I can see Belvedere, Erith and Slade Green becoming Crossrail served only with SE Trains running fast from Dartford to Abbey Wood (possibly calling only at Greenhithe only too when Crossrail reaches Gravesend)
All we know is that there is space for extra tracks beside the SE ones. No one knows with any certainty what will happen to service patterns. One thing that probably is certain is that commuters (and their political representatives) will launch a moaning campaign demanding that "their" train service (you know, the one they personally own and uniquely fund ) be preserved in aspic so they don't have to get out of bed 5 minutes earlier than now. (Sorry but people moaning about preserving S London's rail services and patterns / frequencies just drives me mad). Nothing will ever get better unless someone is prepared to do something radical about commuter train services in South London.
I think devolution was a pretty radical idea but we all know the real reasons why it didn't occur...
And just for those interested, usually if a train is unexpectedly to terminate on the Eastbound platform at South Harrow, the driver informs passengers for stations beyond South Harrow, to get off at Sudbury Hill, so they don't have to traverse the stairs. Obviously in this case there is little point since no trains will be going beyond South Harrow.