Just a heads up really to anyone who didn't know but Pudding Mill Lane station closes after tonight (Friday 13th July) and won't reopen until Wednesday 12th September after the Paralympics have finished.
I can understand why it would be deemed necessary to close this station during the games since it couldn't possibly cope with the volume of traffic it may attract, but does anyone know why it needs to close 13 days in advance of the Opening Ceremony?
Post by aslefshrugged on Jul 13, 2012 11:35:00 GMT
Fairly obvious, so that on Monday 30 July people aren't expecting to get on and off there. You can put up as many signs as you like but I'll guarantee that no one reads them and come Monday you'd have loads of angry passengers complaining that there was no warning of this.
I was certainly under the impression that Pudding Mill Lane to Stratford would be doubled as this was regarded as the biggest bottleneck on the network. The actual bend between PML and Bow Church would be more difficult to double, but probably not physical impossible. Whether it would be economically possible or not I don't know.
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A few years ago a new apartment building was built beside and fairly close to the DLR track, between the bridges over the A12 and Fairfield Road. I wrote to the DLR at the time of the planning application, to ensure that they were aware as it would appear to rule out the possibility of widening in future. They were aware of the plans but saw no reason to object.
The plans for the new PML show the new viaduct to be double track, but, not plans exist for widening of the existing sections.
I've no problem as such with the singled sections; being the end of the route the need for doubling isn't as critical as other, busier sections of the DLR network, though it's obviously desirable (but costly, given there's no more space on the viaduct shared with Anglia services; especially the section that travels over the A12).
This new station viaduct is double track for all what has been constructed so far, so if it stays doubled until joining the existing trackbed at either end, that'll be more double track on the station approach than at present, which would allow trains waiting to leave Pudding Mill Lane earlier and help keep to time.
At the moment a 6 minute headway is, from what I've seen, the best frequency that stays reliable; 5 min headways normally lead to waiting at Bow Church. With the rebuilt Pudding Mill Lane, depending on how far the station approach travels, a reliable 5 min service might be possible.
After the Olympic Park is built out, a higher frequency may well be needed and the track doubled as much as can be done (Bow Church curve being the obvious exclusion).