Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Gospel Oak to Barking plans

I attended the GOBLIN user group meeting last night to hear form the LOROL people (they pronounce it "laurel", charmingly enough). A few things were mentioned that I don't think have made it onto the internet before:

  • They originally planned to obtain three car trains, but the short eastbound platform at South Tottenham nixed this
  • They plan to rip out the end seat of the appalling 3+2 seating to make it 2+2 plus a wide aisle for standing. This will start as soon as they get approval that the trains can take the extra weight of standees.
  • The new rolling stock will have "30% more capacity" per train. Each carriage is longer and doesn't have the big guard's area behind each cab.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would have thought if it's only one platform that's the problem they should look at lengthening it since the new trains aren't due for a while.

Might be expensive since I think South Tottenham used to be longer but had subsidence problems, but surely it'll need doing eventually anyway?

Mizter T said...

For the want of just one longer platform a three car GOBLIN train was lost...

Seems a shame - was there no real possibility of lengthening that platform, or of using Selective Door Opening? It all costs I suppose.

By the by I guess they have to pronounce it "laurel" - can't really call a railway company "loo roll" after all.

Editor said...

The three-car thing was just a note in the minutes from the last meeting we were given, so I missed hearing the details.

I've just noticed it's ambiguously worded and might be an ongoing plan. There's a note about South Tottenham maybe being lengthened in 2009/10.

D-Notice said...

I hope this means TfL aren't resting on their LOROLs...