The Anonymous Widower

Should The Overground Be Extended To Gatwick?

With no end in sight f the Southern dispute and Govia seeming incapable of managing their way out of a paper bag, surely the time has come to explore the possibility of making Gatwick Airport a terminus of the East London Line?

A service could stop at all stations to New Cross Gate, Anerley (for my friend Nick), Norwood Junction, East Croydon, South Croydon and Gatwick Airport.

I know I’m being selfish, but it would create a valuable route to the East of Thameslink.

Gatwick have ambitions to be a massive rail hub and are putting millions where their mouth is.

So why shouldn’t they become a terminus for a two trains per hour (tph) service from Highbury and Islington, that alternates with a two tph service to West Croydon?

  • At present you can get to Gatwick from Highbury and Islington, with a single change at New Cross Gate.
  • It takes 26 minutes to New Cross Gate and after a three minute wait, 44 minutes from New Cross Gate to Gatwick.
  • So total time is 73 minutes.

By comparison getting to Heathrow by Piccadilly Line takes about 70 minutes, so it’s not that slow.

I started this post on holiday, as a bit of a light-hearted post, but it does strike me, that it would be feasible.

Consider.

  • It gives the whole of East London from Walthamstow to Croydon, through Hackney, Tower Hamlets, New Cross a direct route to Gatwick.
  • There is no new infrastructure required.
  • Highbury and Islington is a well-connected terminal.
  • Whitechapel gives a good connection to Crossrail.

I think that although it wouldn’t be something that some companies would welcome, it is the sort of idea, that an innovative Gatwick could fund to steal business from Heathrow.

 

 

December 6, 2016 - Posted by | Travel | ,

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