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Author Topic: North Downs December 2019 timetable changes and lack of investment  (Read 15659 times)
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« Reply #30 on: September 23, 2020, 05:34:57 pm »

From observations on the ground and on OTT (Open Train Times website) maps it seems to be going reasonably well at the moment.  The known pinch points, are still pinch points, but are just about coping. 

Redhill is seeing quite a few short notice platform changes and stacking of trains (some would say that's nothing new!), and it's a shame that some of the additional trains have to head from Redhill into the loco siding to get out of the way for a while, which means crossing over all the other tracks twice.  That probably causes more hassles than sending them through to Gatwick, so as soon as the rebuild there is completed the better.

Guildford also seeing a few platform changes, but coping reasonably well, although if the additional Redhill>Reading service is more than a couple of minutes late, it does knock on to the Reading stopper and Farnham stopper behind.

The next Gatwick rebuild isn't going to increase train capacity, is it? It's for passengers, and even then it won't alter platforms 1/2 and 3/4 that the North Downs trains use.
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« Reply #31 on: September 23, 2020, 05:49:30 pm »

No extra capacity on the usual layout, but whilst works are ongoing there is currently reduced capacity with platforms out of use one at a time.
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« Reply #32 on: September 24, 2020, 12:18:10 am »

No extra capacity on the usual layout, but whilst works are ongoing there is currently reduced capacity with platforms out of use one at a time.

Ah - I'd only just twigged that work had actually started, given it only started during lockdown. But since GX is suspended, it's probably a good time to get on with it. (P6 and P7 are currently closed.) I do hope the space left when P7 was built is enough for the widening of P5/6!
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« Reply #33 on: October 07, 2020, 10:47:34 pm »

The new timetable saw the withdrawal of the ladt service from RDG(resolve) to GTW, which departed at around 2334.
I've seen that the "new" last train at 2235 from RDG to GTW this evening has been cancelled and replaced with a bus.
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« Reply #34 on: October 07, 2020, 11:33:15 pm »

The new timetable saw the withdrawal of the ladt service from RDG(resolve) to GTW, which departed at around 2334.
I've seen that the "new" last train at 2235 from RDG to GTW this evening has been cancelled and replaced with a bus.

I don't see how it was withdrawn, as it wasn't running anyway. It's not been reinstated for now, and probably not up to December at least. As for tonight's train - full excuseexplanation awaited, it's not in the systems yet. It has gone off the CIS (Customer Information System) at Reading, but is "delayed" en route and at Gatwick. However, there is a hint: the in-service run of the same unit back to Redhill is shown as "cancelled due to a shortage of train crew". I think the crew for that last train is (subject to current alterations) "borrowed" from Southern.
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