The Anonymous Widower

More Trains Watford Junction To London Euston Route Thanks To Class 710s

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Rail Advent.

This paragraph sums up the new service.

From Sunday 17 November, Transport for London (TfL) will start to run four trains per hour (approximately every 15 minutes) throughout the day.

Currently, there are only three trains per hour (tph), which until a couple of months ago, were five car trains.

  • So it appears that the service will be increasing from three trains and fifteen cars per hour to four trains and sixteen cars per hour.
  • Checking the on-line timetable, it also appears that service might be a few minutes faster.
  • I can’t be sure of the latter as the on-line timetable or my internet connection seems to be playing up.
  • The Watford DC Line will now have the standard London Overground frequency of four tph.

The big improvement with both the the Watford DC Line and the Gospel Oak and Barking Line using identical trains could be in service recovery.

  • Eight trains are needed to run a full service on both lines.
  • Eighteen trains have been ordered.
  • This would mean one could be in maintenance and one can be kept as a hot spare.

It is not as tight as it looks, because I suspect a five-car Class 378 train can fill in on the Watford DC Line, if required.




November 6, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | , , , ,


  1. What if 710’s from 4 mean can 1 additional coach into 5-car carriages on Watford DC Line, meaning 20 carriages per hour, can they, at least peak times?

    Comment by James Brown | December 7, 2019 | Reply

    • I think that going to four x four-car trains, is so that the Watford DC and Gospel Oak to Barking Lines have identical stock.
      This means they can have a single spare train for both lines ready at Willesden Depot, should a train fail on either line.
      Five-car Cass 710 trains can be built and will be for the North London Line, but they don’t fit the Gospel Oak to Barking Line, which has some short platforms.

      Comment by AnonW | December 7, 2019 | Reply

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