Observations and opinions of a Central Line Train Driver
Thursday, 16 June 2016
Yesterday for an hour and 40 minutes there was no service between MAA and LES due to a "one under" at LEY. Had this happened last year we could have reversed at LIS or HOL but as mentioned last month Museum siding at HOL has been removed and currently LIS sidings are being used for storage. Reversing over the crossovers at LIS and BEG would mean using one platform for arrivals and departures which would lead to serious overcrowding so instead the main central 16km/10 mile stretch of Central Line serving a dozen stations was shut down. This is progress?
By the time I started work we were running again but obviously everything was late which was further exacerbated by a signal problem at WHC. Things were still running late when I finished 7 hours 20 minutes later with all WB trains running to WER and a shuttle service running NOA to EAB plus no outer rail service on the HAI loop. Strangely the platforms were more crowded around 20:00 than they were at 17:00 and my last EB trip wasn't helped by the train repeatedly changing the destination describer from EPP to WER or occasionally sounding the chimes to warn that the doors were closing after they'd started to close. Not a happy train.....
We had conformation of the TOp reductions for Night Tube, LES will lose 5, HAI 14 and WHC 6. As I mentioned this is not because the rosters were expanded for Night Tube last year and are now being reduced, this is from the full time TOps we had under WTT 67. I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens next.