Unplanned station closures due to Coronavirus

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According to Twitter, Salford Crescent appears to be the first casualty of unplanned station closures due to the virus.

Can we expect more closures like this?
 
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what do you think they should do, considering the current circumstances?
Perhaps inform the public?

Obviously we can't expect stations to open at all the times during times of difficulties.

However I expect train companies to inform their passengers whenever something happens and arrange an alternative transport when possible.

It appears Northern has done none of that.
 

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Is this due to a lack of dispatchers?

Should we move to guard dispatch given how quiet things are?
No - because having a despatcher on the platform is an issue carefully considered for obvious safety and practical reasons. People who hold the safety card as part of their job - from "guards" to senior operational managers have quite enough to deal with.

Even one passenger on a platform - requires the "duty of care" etc , as opposed to multiples of them.
 

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Perhaps inform the public?

Obviously we can't expect stations to open at all the times during times of difficulties.

However I expect train companies to inform their passengers whenever something happens and arrange an alternative transport when possible.

It appears Northern has done none of that.
Given that Salford Crescent is an interchange station for many journeys which cross both Manchester Victoria and Piccadilly I would have thought it is a key closure to highlight.
 

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Blackhorse road on the Gospel oak to Barking line has been closed since last week. All staff self isolating I believe.
 

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Blackhorse road on the Gospel oak to Barking line has been closed since last week. All staff self isolating I believe.
It is a planned closure by London Underground to allow staff to be redeployed elsewhere. In line with current legislation relating to sub-surface stations, the entire station is treated as one and accordingly part of the station cannot remain open when the station falls below the legal minimum staffing level.
 

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It is a planned closure by London Underground to allow staff to be redeployed elsewhere. In line with current legislation relating to sub-surface stations, the entire station is treated as one and accordingly part of the station cannot remain open when the station falls below the legal minimum staffing level.
I was talking about the Overground station , not the underground one , hence Gospel oak to Barking. The Overground staff , not the underground staff. This was last week and as I'm off this week , I don't know if it's still the case.
 

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I was talking about the Overground station , not the underground one , hence Gospel oak to Barking. The Overground staff , not the underground staff. This was last week and as I'm off this week , I don't know if it's still the case.
The Overground and LU at Blackhorse Road is the same station. If the LU Supervisor/Manager and at least one other member of staff is not present, then the station cannot be opened.

On occasion in the last few days the station has been open, when LU have sufficient staff on duty to allow the station, and in this case, both Victoria line and Overground trains have called.
 

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The Overground and LU at Blackhorse Road is the same station. If the LU Supervisor/Manager and at least one other member of staff is not present, then the station cannot be opened.

On occasion in the last few days the station has been open, when LU have sufficient staff on duty to allow the station, and in this case, both Victoria line and Overground trains have called.
Ah well , when I was driving the route one day last week and was told to miss out the station , I was told that the Overground staff were short , due to self isolating.
 

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There would seem to be no Northern services on a number of secondary lines such as Knottingley - Goole and Ellesmere Port - Helsby
 

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I have noticed.

Some other routes are bustituted like Wigan - Kirkby and Lancaster - Morecambe/Heysham.

P.s. Why are you always having a dig at Ellesmere Port? You've been doing it for years.
 

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Just a reminder that this thread is for the discussion of unplanned station closures due to coronavirus. If anyone wants to discuss anything else they are welcome to create a new thread in the appropriate section. Thanks. :)
 
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