Public Transport

Govia Thameslink Trains has concluded a financing deal which will allow it to replace the current 1976-vintage trains that run on services from Moorgate, which include the Hertford Loop.  The 25 new trains, built by Siemens, will enter service in late 2018. The Moorgate service require special dual-voltage trains as the underground section, the "Northern City Line" between Moorgate and Drayton Park, uses a DC third-rail system, while the remainder of the route uses AC overhead power........

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The Enfield Transport Users Group (ETUG) will be meeting at the Civic Centre on Tuesday 23rd February from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Representatives of both London Overground Rail Operations and Govia Thameslink Railway will be attending. The meeting is open to all people interested in improving public transport in Enfield. The meeting will be in Room 3 at the Civic Centre. Read the minutes of the meeting on 26 November 2016........
Govia, the company behind the Great Northern and Thameslink brands, is planning to close ticket offices at Palmers Green and other stations where average ticket sales are low.  Instead, a station "host" will be available on the "concourse", selling a limited range of "popular" tickets.  However, the plans do have a positive aspect - there would be a Host at the station from first to last train every day. According to Govia's "Stakeholder Manager" (PR person?), these plans would only.......

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"Inner suburban" services from Moorgate - presumably including those serving Palmers Green -  are among a list of rail services which will be transferred to Transport for London (TfL) ownership and become part of the London Overground, if newly published proposals go ahead.  However, this will not occur before 2021.  It also appears that we will have to wait until then before seeing any serious attempt to smarten up the dismal stations along the tunnels between Moorgate and.......

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All three councillors representing Winchmore Hill Ward have issued an appeal to residents of N13 and N21 to respond to the Crossrail 2 consultation by indicating a preference for the New Southgate branch to be routed via Alexandra Palace rather than Wood Green.  The consultation runs until 8th January. The two options for the New Southgate branch of Crossrail 2Councillors Barry, Hayward and Hurer have issued a leaflet explaining the advantages of a Crossrail 2 station at Alexandra Palace.......

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Now that evenings are well and truly "drawn in", the problem of knowing how far you've got to on trains is affecting people travelling on Great Northern trains.  Some of the stations are very poorly lit and don't have big enough signs with the station name.  There's a very simple solution, of course, at zero cost.  The train company should just tell its drivers to announce each station - also helpful, of course, to people with eyesight problems at any time of day. .......

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Timetables are now available for the (very slightly) improved Hertford Line service that starts on 13th December. During the week the main change to Down (northbound) services is that the 20 minute frequency will continue slightly later into the evening and that all trains will start at Moorgate up to and including the 0018 from Moorgate.  There will be one late train from Kings Cross, at 0105, not stopping at Crews Hill or Bayford. For travellers from Palmers Green the evening Down.......
Transport for London (TfL) is continuing to develop its ideas for the routing of the proposed Crossrail 2 rail link and is putting new proposals out for public consultation.  A recent development with implications for our readership concerns the routing of the spur between Dalston and New Southgate. The main section of Crossrail 2 will run in a tunnel between Tottenham and Clapham Junction, via Dalston, Angel, Euston/St Pancras, Tottenham Court Road, Victoria and Kings Road Chelsea. .......

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In recent months rail services serving both the west and east of Enfield borough have seen changes of operator, promises of improved services but, so far at least, precious few signs of improvements, and in some the service has actually deteriorated.  In this article we report on what has occurred so far and what the future holds. Great Northern Great Northern is at the top right-hand corner of this diagram, which shows the complete extent of the planned Thameslink network. Click on the.......
Transport for London are proposing to introduce additional night bus services from September, including some which would provide new east-west connectivity between locations in north London.  The changes are planned so that travellers on Night Tube services will be able to travel on from tube stations to other destinations. Routes 34 (Walthamstow-Edmonton-Palmers Green-Whetstone-Barnet) and 123 (Ilford-Walthamstow-Tottenham-Wood Green) would both run at half-hourly intervals throughout.......