The Anonymous Widower

How Would Opening Crossrail Affect The Covids In London?

There seems to be very little on the Internet about this, that I can find, Partly because if you search for Crossrail and Covid-19 you get lots of articles about how the virus is delaying construction.

These are a few of my thoughts.

The Class 345 Trains

Crossrail’s Class 345 trains are 205 metres long and can hold 1500 passengers.

  • The passenger density is 7.3 passengers per metre, but the trains have three doors per car, as opposed to others like the Class 700 trains, which have a similar passenger density and only two doors.
  • Would the space and the wide doors, make social-distancing easier at all times?
  • I’ve ridden these trains several times during the pandemic and their full air-conditioning for the tunnels, would surely be ideal to help keep the trains free of the virus, by changing the air regularly.
  • The trains are walk-through, which means you can walk-away from someone who looks dodgy.

There will probably be some better trains to reduce the spreading of the virus, but I doubt there will be that many.

The Stations

I’ve only been in two Crossrail stations.

These are pictures taken in the Woolwich station box.

October 15, 2020 - Posted by | Design, Health, Transport | , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Opening Crossrail in sections is an excellent idea. I have read some weeks ago that Whitechapel station
    will be technically complete by the end of this year.
    If that will really be the case why would it then not be possible to open Abbey Wood-Whitechapel in
    seven months from now, i.e. with the May timetable change ?

    Comment by Wolfgang Maresch | October 15, 2020 | Reply


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