The Anonymous Widower

I Don’t Think Bombardier And Transport for London Will Be Disappointed

I’ve just been through this week’s performance of the service on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line, using the Real Time Trains web site.

  • This week was the first with a full four trains per hour service with four-car trains.
  • There were a couple of cancellations on Monday and Tuesday.
  • On Monday, a station guy, said there were problems earlier, but I found the service, as it should be.
  • On one day this week BBC London said there was a shortage of drivers around 07:30, but two bulletins later, they stated service was normal.

Not bad for the first week of a full service!

Train Testing And Driver Training?

It should also be noted that most nights, there are a few movements out of Willesden TMD. Are these test runs and/or driver training?


I haven’t ridden the trains this week in the Peak, but in the Off Peak, the number of passengers does appear to be down on a few weeks ago.

It could of course be the increase in frequency!

Next week, I’ll have a ride in the Peak!


I suspect that Bombardier and Transport for London are not disappointed.

June 28, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | , , , ,


  1. This site makes the service analysis even easier

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | June 28, 2019 | Reply

  2. I went to West Hampstead on Wednesday ( Where the new entrance looks nearly ready for finally opening) and travelled to Gospel Oak and waited for a new train to ride to Barking.

    The train for late afternoon was pretty busy throughout the journey. As for the ride well compared to the screeching noises on the Jubilee Line the ride was smooth with just a humming noise in the background and the air conditioning was working. There was also a 2nd member of staff on board !

    Comment by Melvyn | June 28, 2019 | Reply

    • Thanks for that!

      Bombardier put a second man on the trains, in the early days of theClass 345s. It’s probably good practice in getting drivers tip top.

      Comment by AnonW | June 28, 2019 | Reply

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