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    Plan to remove Croydon rail bottleneck

    Nice video. But I wish they would get out of the habit of background music as it makes it hard to concentrate and is irrelevant. Background music makes it harder for those with hearing difficulties - its just background noise. I wonder if trains really do head towards Croydon from Selhurst...
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    Plan to remove Croydon rail bottleneck

    I have seen how wide the strip of land is. I presume the main reason for moving the platforms North is to fit the station throat in without interfering with the George Street bridge and concourse. Is that correct ?.
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    Plan to remove Croydon rail bottleneck

    That goods shed to the West of the platforms became the temporary booking hall and concourse whilst the George Street entrance was re-built (circa 2000 ?). I feel that the current platforms 1&2 were squeezed in on the West side after the other four platforms. They certainly make a tighter bend...
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    Back in the day...

    1976-1979 I remember using termini Enthusiasts a lot. Overnight Peak (cl 45) hauled train from St Pancras. sleep on a BRUTE at Sheffield whilst waiting for the coach. We would do Tinsley, Toton and many others - class 20s everywhere. Sometimes we did the coach trip to the North East probably...
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    Class 484 to replace class 483 on the island line

    Might be a plan but in the Covid-19 world look at how the Skodas (class 90s) and Mk3s quietly slipped away from London Liverpool Street :(.
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    Plan to remove Croydon rail bottleneck

    Oh right. Suppose I have a duty for the rest of us then. As a local resident I should be privy to more info (fingers crossed). And a quick google gets me to a) this from Croydon Council. b) ...... and this doc (dated 2011 but best I can do) c) and this from Network Rail Notes for (b). Page 7...
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    Plan to remove Croydon rail bottleneck

    Yes the cutting to the South of George Street already has vertical sides iirc. EDIT - but I now notice a strip of green land alongside. Makes sense as I guess the current fifth track was squeezed in some time in the past. I have often assumed there might have been a middle road between...
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    Plan to remove Croydon rail bottleneck

    That is my take. Additionally the existing platforms 1&2 would have to be shifted North unless the new platforms 1&2 shared a track with the platform 3 (currently platform 1). That would be a bottleneck. Either that or widen the railway under George Street and trams and I bet they don't touch...
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    Plan to remove Croydon rail bottleneck

    As I live in Croydon and have used the station a lot I have an unfair advantage. But I am making assumptions. Fairly valid ones. But a proper layout plan is indeed what we need. A picture tells a thousand words. The lack of a proper layout makes me think they do not (yet) know what they are...
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    Caledonian Sleeper

    Yes, at Polmadie, I think the aspiration was to only swap out an occasional coach for heavy maintenance/repair. That is apart from the spare 8-coach set for more general maintenance/servicing. I think the NORMAL (pre Covid-19) era of joining/splitting in Edinburgh accounts for the vast majority...
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    Caledonian Sleeper

    They seem to remain fairly fixed. Complete 16 coach trains are being swapped at the moment as over half the fleet is idle. But before Covid-19 it was generally that an 8-coach set would come out of Polmadie having replaced an 8-coach set in the 16 coach train. There are a few spares so odd...
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    Plan to remove Croydon rail bottleneck

    The article says "Access to this main entrance would be available from the tram and bus stations, from Caithness Walk and from Cherry Orchard Road. A new northern concourse with an improved entrance will be created, accessible from Lansdowne Road." Lansdown road points straight at the...
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    Plan to remove Croydon rail bottleneck

    The new central ("Northern") pedestrian bridge is meant to eventually have an exit on to Cherry Orchard road I seem to recall. But that would not be a much shorter route than walking up Dingwall Road on the West side. However, immediately to the West of the station foot print, there is a...
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    Plan to remove Croydon rail bottleneck

    I will most likely have retired by the time the disruption starts. Even though i currently work in outer Croydon and er drive. Of course a dual level station would have been great. One level dedicated to Selhusrt (ie London Victoria direct) and one level to Norwood Junction (ie London Bridge...
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    Plan to remove Croydon rail bottleneck

    Hang on. the ramps from the main entrance (George Street) and trams are not steep at all. They are long and if the station is moved North then they will become longer. Further to walk. In the description the ramps are to be replaced by Escalators. No way PLEASE. Ramps are far far more reliable...
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    Caledonian Sleeper

    Well... From my experience, in a non railway setting, things are getting a more thorough clean during the day. This deeper cleaning is done without isolating the room/furniture from people. So I suspect, for the sleeper train, the deep clean would be carried out during the day. It would easily...
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    Caledonian Sleeper

    We cannot carry on being so draconian and cautious. I work with people who have to use a bus full of people to get to work. We are entering the phase of tracing.
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    Caledonian Sleeper

    It should be reasonably safe as CS are currently only using 4 seated coaches out of the 9 seated coaches normally required daily. There are a further 2 seated coaches spare. So 4 seated coaches required out of 11 - only 36% required. So plenty of slack there. Better still if the seated coach is...
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    Caledonian Sleeper

    Why so draconian ?. If the seated coach is NOT infected then the seats can be used. If the seated coach is infected then the seats can be put out of use with any bookings made cancelled at that point. The seated coach itself can continue to be formed in the train thus able to perform its duty as...
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    Companies That You Expect to Disappear Soon

    I was lead to believe that if you did not take the work offered when it was offered then you tended to get forgotten about. But how true is that ?. It makes sense I suppose but then again it depends how many alternative people there were available.

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