Multiple Trains To Same Destination Jan 16, 2019 23:32:27 GMT
Post by spsmiler on Jan 16, 2019 23:32:27 GMT
(As this is about the Central Line I've put it in that section, I suppose it would also fit in the rant area!)
I arrived on the eastbound Central Line platform at Holborn yesterday at about 18:04. Of course it was busy, this was to be expected at that time of day.
However it was several minutes before the first train arrived, by when the platform had become somewhat crowded. This train was an Epping. It was followed by another Epping, then a Debden - all about 2 minutes apart. By now there were many passengers on the platform who were not boarding trains because they wanted a service that travelled via Wanstead. This included me!
That was the fourth train... to be exact, it was a Woodford via Hainault, which would have been ideal for passengers who wanted a through train to stations Hainault - Woodford (and who do not like changing at Woodford)... except that it was so crowded that few people could board it! The next train was a Hainault via Newbury Park, which I managed to squeeze aboard. After that was a Leytonstone, which seemed somewhat odd for the rush hour - unless the idea was to use it to boost the service in the central core of this line. Maybe this train had been a Newbury Park but had its journey shortened.
I suppose that 5 trains in a little over 10 minutes is not that bad. But it would have been nice if the train destinations had alternated more, rather than a string of trains along the same branch then nothing for a while.
What might work well on the Central Line is if there are a few trains - no more than three or four - spread out during the busy period that run empty as far as Holborn (or maybe Chancery Lane). Their purpose would be to reduce potentially severe overcrowding at stations Chancery Lane and eastwards, giving these passengers a fairer chance to find space on a train.