Post by snoggle on Feb 27, 2018 12:06:03 GMT
It was pretty clear yesterday afternoon that the snow plumes off the North Sea would run on the edge of Essex and then hit Kent and Sussex. Despite this Network Rail went into panic mode about abandoning various sections of route or forcing services to start late. Reading between the lines, as I haven't seen a definitive statement, this was apparently to allow Network Rail to run de-icing trains to keep tracks clear and prevent overhead wires icing up. However their "advice" resulted in far too many services being withdrawn which bears no resemblance at all to the travel demands in London. As I type this we've got the first short flurry of snow today that won't trouble anyone. Nonetheless bits of the Overground are still withdrawn - why no trains between Willesden J and Richmond? What have the good residents of Acton done to deserve this nonsense? Ditto people at Southbury and Theobalds Grove. If LUL can run a full tube service including open air sections in Acton and out to Epping and Upminster with no apparent issues then why on earth are the TfL Rail route and parts of the Overground borked?
This bodes very badly as a ludicrous over reaction - can you imagine the shambles if we get a repeat of this when Crossrail is actually open? Amazingly Thameslink seem to be running cross London with few issues so far.
When we do *actually* get some snow on Thursday / Friday (as now seems likely) will there be no services at all because everyone is too "scared waredy" to run some choo choos in the cold? The Swiss and the Finnish / Swedes / Norweigans must be laughing their heads off at our ridiculous over-reaction.