Post by q8 on Apr 9, 2005 4:21:48 GMT
What do other members consider would be a good way to rationalise some of the service patters at present existing on the network?
I personally think the Uxbridge branch should either be >
1. Taken over by the Jubilee or handed back to the District and the Ealing Broadway branch given to the Piccadilly. This would have several advantages. The stock onthe branch would be of the same size E.G SSL or tube. The recovery of service on the Piccadilly after disruption would be enhanced. The Uxbridge branch is an "all stations" line anyway and to change it's line wouldn't make a lot of difference people could still travel "fast" to town by cross platform interchange at Harrow or Wembley.
My second proposal would see the Met at last connected to Watford High Street and taking over the DC lines to Euston with the stock released from the Uxbridge line to run it. It would also increase "out of town" stabling points by using the old Croxley depot (if it still exists)
Thirdly and slighly askew I think the DLR should have a slight extension from Bank to Moorgate and be connected to the former Northern City line to Finsbury Park and then reconnected to the abandoned Alexandra Park line through to East Finchley for connection to the Northern. That would see the already built stations on the branch come into use and give an alternative route into the city for passengers in the areas concerned.
All this would entail very little new construction as the infrastrucure is already there.
By the way does anybody know if the Bakerloo tunnels beyond Elephant sidings to Camberwell do already exist as I was told by several old Bakerloo drivers that they do and that was the reason for the gap at the bottom of the plug in the southbound siding. I.E to enable people to access them for inspection purposes. I can certainly state that a strong draught used to come through that gap in the 70's and that rats used go in there a lot. Also when down there in the quiet of the night you sometimes got the uncanny sound of a train approaching and it was not the sound of the northern line above as it was not running (not ballast trains either)
Another proposal would be to connect the Central line at Ealing Broadway up to the local main lines at take over the Greenford shuttle thing. Hey presto ! an alternative route to West Ruislip or even another loop like the one at the east end if the connection at Greenford were re-opened
One other thing to add to this post. Why the hell are they bothering to build lots of extensions to the East London line when re-connecting it to the main line networks at Liverpool Street and New Cross/Gate would enable virutally the same thing?
You see maximun benefit, minimum cost. They don't think do they