London Station Scouting October 2018

Today, I decided to go into London to see the progress of several step-free access schemes across the city, which is something I have not done in many months. Ranging from small hoardings tucked away from view to massive construction zones linked to commercial development, it was great to see so many of these projects moving forward. With any luck, we should be seeing more than a few openings by the end of the year!


May Timetable Change: Thameslink Programme

Mark your calendars for 20th May!

In the UK’s railway industry, rail services that make up National Rail (including TfL-run Overground and TfL Rail) undergo two timetable changes every year, once in December and once in May. During these times, train operating companies, such as South Western Railway and Greater Anglia, may adjust their services depending on changes in passenger levels or new infrastructure. Often, these changes are very minor and go unnoticed by the regular commuter.

However, starting this May until at least the end of 2019, each of these timetable changes is set to come with far-reaching changes that will have a strong impact on rail transport in London, including access. A lot of these changes are centred around the phased openings and expansions of the Thameslink Programme and the Elizabeth Line, although there are also important improvements on Overground, South Western Railway, Southern, Great Northern, and Greater Anglia services. This first post will deal with the Thameslink Programme, as it has not yet been properly introduced, while a second one will cover the main changes in other services.  (more…)

Future Step-Free Stations: New Elizabeth Line Stations

Welcome to the third part of my Future Step-Free Stations series. Please click here if you would like to read the intro.

StationLineScheduled date
PaddingtonElizabeth, BakerlooDecember 2018
Bond StreetElizabethDecember 2018
Tottenham Court RoadElizabethDecember 2018
FarringdonElizabethDecember 2018
Liverpool Street/ MoorgateElizabeth, Northern, Met, Circle, H&CDecember 2018
WhitechapelElizabeth, Overground, District, H&CDecember 2018
Canary WharfElizabethDecember 2018
Custom HouseElizabethDecember 2018
WoolwichElizabethDecember 2018