Old Nov 6, 19, 3:56 am
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Originally Posted by flatlander View Post
Does this mean that if the train has any problem at the platform in Paddington the entire HEX service stops working?
The HEX trains will have clearance for most, if not all platforms at Paddington, so it would be up to the signallers to reallocate accordingly. There are very few examples where platforms are specifically dedicated to an operator in the UK anyway (unless electrification/platform length/branch connections dictate). If I look at yesterday's departures, there were HEX trains reallocated to platforms 5, 8 and 11, beside the usual 6 and 7.

To make it a single platform operation (which kind of makes sense now Paddington is fully electrified and there is no longer a luggage service), the dwell time will be reduced from 20 to 7 minutes, which is obviously more efficient, but offers a lot less service recovery. I wonder if this will mean fewer units in operation too?
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