- 10 Oct 2012
Qwerty was NOT proposing replacement buses. What he was proposing was that EMT should run the normal timetable north of Leicester, as this part of the route is unaffected. Agreed that the majority of passengers are to/from London, but there are a significant number of passengers who travel between Leicester and stations northward, e.g. those connecting to and from XC and Stansted services. There is no need for them to suffer a reduced timetable. Only services south of Leicester need run to an amended timetable due to the diversion. What Qwerty was suggesting was that the MML should be run in two halves, normal timetable to the north of Leicester, diversionary timetable to the south, with through passengers changing at Leicester. No buses.
The problem I can see with his suggestion would be platform capacity at Leicester. With all services from the north and all services from the south terminating at Leicester, in addition to the XCs and Stansteds, there would be a lot of trains starting/terminating in those four platforms.
I would be surprised if they had the trains and crew to resource that sort of service, and there would literally be trainloads of passengers changing at Leicester at any one time, to summarise it would cause more problems than it solves.