The Anonymous Widower

London Underground’s Northern Line Extension Starts Trial Operations

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Ian Visits.

These are the first two paragraphs.

The Northern line extension between Kennington and Battersea has entered the final trial operations stage ahead of its opening later this year.

Four trains per hour are currently being run through the extension at weekends as part of trial operations. Throughout this trial period, operations and maintenance staff are testing all the systems required to keep the extension running, and existing Northern line train drivers will complete familiarisation training on the route.

As ever, Ian seems to have researched his facts and he is predicting the following.

  • The extension will open in September.
  • Mill Hill East will get direct services from Central London, which will eliminate the need to change at Finchley Central
  • The initial Peak hour service will be six trains per hour (tph)
  • The initial Off Peak service will be five tph.

I’m certainly looking forward to opening of the extension.

July 11, 2021 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Developments At Mill Hill East Station

This Google Map shows the area around the least-used station on the Northern Line; Mill Hill East station.

I’d never knowlingly been to the station, but I went yesterday and took these pictures.

Note.

  1. The short line with Dollis Brook Viaduct between Finchley Central and Mill Hill East stations.
  2. The Council Depot shown on the Google Map appears to be being developed as housing called MillBrook Park.
  3. Mill Hill station now has a lift, to the single platform.

It looks that there are major ongoing improvements.

Will The Station Be Able To Handle The Extra Passengers?

Wikipedia says this about train frequency at Hill Hill East station.

Train frequencies vary throughout the day, but are generally every 11–15 minutes between 05:44 and 00:56 to Finchley Central, Kennington or East Finchley. During peak times train services are extended to Morden.

This map from carto.metro.free.fr, shows the track layout of the track between Mill Hill East and Finchley Central stations.

Note.

  1. Although according to Wikipedia, the branch was built with space for a double-track, much of the route is only single-track.
  2. The track layout at Finchley Central station appears comprehensive.
  3. With the right track-layout, signalling and well-drilled drivers, there are places in the UK rail network, where six trains per hour (tph) can work from a single platform.

I am fairly sure, that with the right systems, if it were to be required, that six tph can be run all day on the branch.

 

March 8, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , | 3 Comments