The Anonymous Widower

Timetable Updates At West Ealing

I’ve just been looking at the National Rail Journey Planner, and it appears that starting from January 9th 2016, to get between Greenford and Paddington, you’ll need to change at West Ealing station.

So this means that Platform 5 at West Ealing station will be opening after Christmas and the New Year.

But it also appears that the frequency of the shuttle on the Greenford Branch is still two trains per hour (tph).

This map from carto.metro.free.fr shows the layout of lines at West Ealing station.

westealing

Note the track to the new bay Platform 5, shown as a dotted line.

But note that if a train uses the bay platform, the track layout does not allow it to return to Greenford on the correct left-hand line as there is no cross-over.

This means that if two trains are working the shuttle, there is no way they could pass and it restricts the shuttle to 2 tph.

To get to the promised 4 tph, a cross-over needs to be installed.

As the current bridge at West Ealing station, is one of the worst disabled-unfriendly horrors in London, I suspect that until there is a decent bridge across the line, the shuttle will be restricted to 2 tph.

I think the only way, that they could start a 4 tph shuttle earlier, that wouldn’t cause problems will be, if the bridge is one that has already been assembled off-site and it will be lifted in during a convenient blockade.

October 23, 2016 - Posted by | Travel | ,

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