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Single Heathrow Express Platform at Paddington from December

Old Nov 8, 19, 2:38 am
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Originally Posted by JMcGP View Post
Yesterday there was a trial operation of just using platform 7 - any views on how it went?
Looking at RealTimeTrains, it went pretty well - between 6am and just before 9pm, all trains used platform 7 and were on time, give or take a minute or so. Something happened after that, though - couple of cancellations, and all sorts of platforms. Not sure if that was disruption or engineering.
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Old Nov 8, 19, 10:53 am
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Originally Posted by Bohinjska Bistrica View Post
Presumably this is due to the continued and increasing delays to Crossrail?
It's been announced today that Crossrail is delayed yet again, this time to opening "as soon as practicable in 2021". As well as more budget over-runs. The whole thing beggars belief.
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Old Nov 11, 19, 1:34 am
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Originally Posted by lhrsfo View Post
The whole thing beggars belief.
Why, it's just a re-run of the eminently entertaining (not) spectacle that was the Jubilee Line extension. Complete with partial opening and all.
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Old Nov 11, 19, 8:48 am
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Originally Posted by stut View Post
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?
One of the benefits of the 2-platform operation was that, under normal operation, there was always a train there to board, which could be done at your leisure. Reducing to a 1-train 7-minute turnaround will mean that most passengers will now have to wait on the concourse/platform, and endure the scrum race when boarding is announced. Puts a bit of a dent in a premium-fare experience.
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Old Nov 11, 19, 10:03 am
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Originally Posted by Oxon Flyer View Post
One of the benefits of the 2-platform operation was that, under normal operation, there was always a train there to board, which could be done at your leisure. Reducing to a 1-train 7-minute turnaround will mean that most passengers will now have to wait on the concourse/platform, and endure the scrum race when boarding is announced. Puts a bit of a dent in a premium-fare experience.
That said, if it's moving to a two-platform operation at T5, complete with the longer dwell time there, then you'll have an end to the wait, followed by the "no, get off the train, we need to do security stuff", followed by the scrum at that end. Swings and roundabouts, perhaps?
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Old Nov 12, 19, 3:21 am
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Originally Posted by stut View Post
That said, if it's moving to a two-platform operation at T5, complete with the longer dwell time there, then you'll have an end to the wait, followed by the "no, get off the train, we need to do security stuff", followed by the scrum at that end. Swings and roundabouts, perhaps?
Quite so. Also if you have time to wait, Paddington has a lot more pleasant places to wait than the HEX platforms at LHR. There's no cafe, newsagent, etc, at LHR.
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