Having had a read of the most recent WTT, I was interested to see that during both peaks, trains are reversed at Morden in platforms 3 and 5 (to make stepping back easier), and enter/exit service using platform 2. Given that the platform re-occupation times would surely be longer for trains entering/exiting platform 5 due to crossover layout, and that trains entering service from platform 2 in the am peak would potentially conflict with terminating trains, then this platform selection seems a bit odd. Does anyone know why reversing is performed in platforms 3 and 5 instead of 2 and 3?
the reason for using platform 5 and 3&4 mean that train operators can just walk up from the other end of the platform, rear cab unoccupied plungers are provided so when operators leave the rear cab, a plunger on the platform is operated, this I think is linked to the new TBTC signalling so trains after arriving are already to depart with operator on board, platform 2 can be used for reversing, but terminating depot trains can have doors closed etc, or trains from depot can arrive in platb2 and await timetable slot to go into service, but stepping back operators have 15 minutes to their next turn. Having travelled to Morden each day, it seems to work, and have not experienced any delays in arriving or leaving Morden in either peak.