East London Line expansion update

London Reconnections has an interesting report on progress to expand capacity on the East London Line by converting the trains from four carriages to five.

The plan is to do the expansion work at the New Cross Gate depot, enabling them to convert them at a rate of one train every two days. With that "aggressive" timescale, they hope to have converted every train on the line by the end of 2015. The first five-carriage trains are due to run on the East London Line at the end of this year. The platform at Canada Water is being extended to cope with the longer trains.

With thanks to Richard.

8 comments:

Robert said...

Much needed. We've got this lovely long platform at Brockley now - though the trains are still titchy. I'm getting bored of telling people to move down a bit. I wouldn't mind as much if I wasn't spending such a high proportion of my income on the privilige of travelling on them.

Monkeyboy said...

Think the longer platforms at brox are for longer southern trains, not that I get those rubbish trains

Se4 ever said...

Last summer I noticed a significant drop in passengers when the clocks changed and the fair weather cyclist took to the roads. It has not really happened this year and I fear one extra carriage will make very little difference if any. The overground is a victim of its own and brockley's success and I think any extra capacity will soon fill to capacity and beyond. Unfortunately I fear we will all have to remain very close until better solutions to the over crowding come along.

terrencetrentderby said...

Always imagined the train carts taking people to gulags were less crowded than the morning Overground service from Brockley.

Guest said...

Probably an upgrade to 6 would be better considering that it takes 1.5 years to complete the upgrade. At the end of 2015 they will need to start again...

Also the discussed Bakerloo line extension or the reopening of direct trains to Victoria would probably be wiser solutions.

Monkeyboy said...

The rolling stock type can't be reconfigured to 6 cars. Also an extra car may increase the dwell time at short stations like Canada water (because you have to shuffle through to disembark) to such an extent that it becomes unworkable. Extra time slots is where it's at. All rail schemes are a compromise of available funding and competing need. Bakerloo extension is nowhere close to being a real project

Broca said...

Won't anyone think of the escalators . . .?

Anonymous said...

Yes we need more trains,yes we need longer trains, however the overcrowding at Brockley is nowhere near as bad as at Crofton Park, where there are no plans to alleviate it. Whenever I've had to go from Brockley instead of Crofton Park I've always considered it as a fairly nice trip.

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