July 8th, 2005


userinfo senji
2005/07/08 17:23:00 - Unrealistic.
OK, if we have to have the Olympics, how about a direct Cambridge -> Stratford train service? Would be useful anyway…
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userinfo hairyears
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2005/07/08 17:31:05
There was, until recently, one train in the morning from Enfield to Stratford via Seven Sisters. It was withdrawn due to overcrowding.
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userinfo yrieithydd
2005/07/08 17:43:14
The logic of that has completely passed me by. There were too many people catching the train so they got rid of the train completely?????????
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userinfo hairyears
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2005/07/08 18:42:50


If there is any answer to your question, it is that there is no logic at all in Transport policy and strategic railway management.

It is unusual to cite 'overcrowding' as a justification for service withdrawal but not unknown. The most common method is to adjust the timetable so that the service is effectively useless as a means of getting to work, then cite 'lack of demand'.

If you require a recent example, you need only ask anyone in Bicester what they think about the new timetable to Oxford, which forces them to commute to work by road. I first encountered it in Henley-In-Arden, a commuter village between Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon.

I have no idea what the overall objective might be; since the dissolution of RailTrack, there are no shareholders whose short-term interests would be better served by selling all railway land and trackbeds for housing. It is widely believed that an influential faction exists in Parliament, the Civil Service and the management structures of rail companies, who hate railways in general and rail passengers in particular.


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userinfo senji
2006/04/07 22:40:06
This practice predated privatisation.

Note in particular the BR habit of selling trackbeds with the explicit condition that houses are built on the alignment...
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userinfo senji
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2005/07/08 18:35:27
I was thinking Tottenham Hale or Finsbury Park.

Actually, a "circular" route Cambridge, Royston, Welwyn GC, Finsbury Park, Stratford, Tottenham Hale, Enfield, Stevenage, Letchworth, Cambridge (and reverse) might work...
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userinfo sesquipedality
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2005/07/08 18:19:10
Sod that. Give me back Cambridge to Oxford direct trains.

(Hoping I'll still be presentable tomorrow after 3 1/2 hours on the bus.)
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userinfo senji
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2005/07/08 18:37:06
That requires a little more work... :-)
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Unrealistic. - Squaring the circle...

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