Transport Watch – July 2014
Yet more changes at Paddington. Until the 22nd
August passengers will no longer be able to access the Bakerloo Line from
Paddington National Rail Station though they will still be able to exit the
Bakerloo Line. This is of course whilst escalator upgrades take place. The
suggested alternative is to take the Hammersmith and City Line from Platform 16
and to change at
However, some good news. Bond
Street Station on the Central Line has re-opened, but as Crossrail
work progresses the station is now closed to Jubilee Line services, and
elsewhere the Piccadilly Line is still not stopping at
Don’t be alarmed if you think you have seen or heard a steam engine on the Piccadilly Line. It may not be imagination for as part of the Underground’s 150th anniversary a special steam hauled train will leave Northfields Station at 8.24am on the 2nd August, and again the following Saturday. It will then proceed to Moorgate Station where, after a short wait, it will run to Hammersmith, (dep 09.55), and back. Finally, at 16.25 it will depart Moorgate for Northfields, arriving 50 minutes later. The return journey will be electric hauled but with a steam engine at the rear.
Never short of surprises. London Buses has erected an
unusual bus shelter in
Full marks to TfL
for their enterprise but a cautionary note about their decision not to accept
cash on any of its buses which came into force on 7th July.
We all have our own opinions about bus safety and bus
driving standards and these opinions will often change at the end of a
particular journey, but bus related injuries continue to fall dramatically. TfL publish details on their website and the figures for
January to March 2014 are now available. So lets give
praise where praise is due. Driving a London Bus in
Complaints about national rail services fell by over 9% in
the first quarter of this year to just 34 complaints per 100,000 journeys.
Email remains the most popular way to lodge a complaint and delays remain the
major cause for complaint, so perhaps the milder winter helped reduce the
impact of delays on travel. But punctuality remains a dilemma for rail
operators. Do they, for example hold a branch line train to await the late
London Overground, which serves
Acton Central and South Acton, has returned the first 4 coach train to Derby
where a fifth coach will added increasing capacity by a further 25%. The
extended train will then undergo vigorous testing before returning to service
An apology for a mistake in last month’s column. I stated that the new Crossrail Trains would have 600 seats and space for up to 1500 passengers. I was wrong. The number of seats has been determined at 450, still more than on many of the FGW services serving local stations...