East London Line Reopening May 6, 2010 10:36:54 GMT
Post by North End on May 6, 2010 10:36:54 GMT
May 5, 2010 17:50:46 GMT @a60k said:
Southern has announced it's not running the train, and basically passed the ball back to DafT to deal with.
As far as couplers go, on the Ashford route it's not a problem - Southern trains are the only ones normally using the line, and if a train fails it doesn't block anything else (apart from possibly a platform at Ashford) and they can wait for the next 171 to arrive an hour later and rescue it.
On the North Downs route most of the trains are FGW 165 or 166, and again the nearest one could couple up - and as these are BR standard couplings there's plenty of other stock available to couple with it as well.
If the coupling reason that's been put forward is correct (I've only heard on the grapevine), then it's a legitimate worry - unlike Ashford or North Downs, there won't be any similar stock anywhere nearby. The very closest you could find stock that could rescue a failed 171 from the WR main line would possibly be at Selhurst. It would take at least an hour to get there, and it would probably result in a number of cancellations to the services they should be running.
If I were the DfT I would put forward a closure case based on the Central line from Ealing to Shepherds Bush and Overground from Shepherds Bush to Clapham being a reasonable substitute.
The proposed Southern service is a nonsense anyway - the passenger flow on the original trains that used the route that is now without services was from the North of Reading to Gatwick Airport and Brighton. That service was emaciated from when the Voyager introduction problems caused a big cutback in the non-core Cross Country routes ten years ago.
I wonder how much money has been wasted on this nonsense? (though disappointing from the point of view of the unusual routes it would have traversed!)