THAMESLINK: 18 Months in, how are you finding it? May 14, 2020 20:29:20 GMT richard and route53 like this
Post by rif153 on May 14, 2020 20:29:20 GMT
Whilst it would be foolish to suggest that TfL haven't done a good job of turning the GOBLIN, NLL and Watford DC services around, I don't want them to take over the South East. TfL are best at operating high capacity metro services like the tube and the overground. However, allowing TfL to operate Crossrail is exactly why I don't want them to take over anything too long distance as I think Crossrail has been underwhelming. Thameslink's ''tentacles'' span the South East providing long distance cross-London services from towns miles apart on either side of the capital; the Bedford-Brighton is a long established route but has been joined by other fantastic services like Peterborough-Horsham and Cambridge-Brighton as well as many others. The Thamesink programme hasn't got everything right by any stretch but what I would say is that its been an ambitious attempt to create these new links across the South East with its expansive network. The network synthesises long distance fast services with some shorter distance stopping services make it a mix of a metro and a longer distance service. I won't act like there aren't flaws with Thameslink because there are not least the 707s which whilst they may have plenty of capacity, toilets and power points despite their uncomfortable seats making them poor for long distance journeys (whenever I go on Thameslink I always sit in the rear first class section). The issue is that Crossrail feels largely like a ''glorified tube line'' to quote at route53 . As an Ealing resident, it would be wrong of me to act as if Crossrail is some terrible thing and this would be grossly inappropriate of me to do so as living close to Crossrail will give me plenty of handy connections with faster journeys to many destinations and alleviate the need to change in plenty of places. I'm glad Crossrail is coming but I do think the final route is a underwhelming one. As I previously mentioned, Thameslink's tentacles spread across the South East, linking a plethora of towns to each other. Meanwhile Crossrail's network isn't nearly as expansive. Crossrail has pretty much taken over stopping on the GWML and GEML whereas Thameslink took over both stopping and fast services at the same time but with a multitude of fast services. I wish Crossrail's network went further out of London - especially on the east - perhaps even expanding more with even more branches to ensure that a broader range of places have access to the core section of the railway. The Crossrail network could be improved if only it were treated less like a tube line with the 345s having some features like toilets and power points - many others on here have pointed out that they're a downgrade from the 387s, the extra capacity is no doubt needed in the Thames Valley but the Reading stoppers feel too metro-ised for somewhere a long distance away from London. This brings me to my concluding point. Thameslink synthesises mostly longer distance fast services with some stopping services, the trains have features to both facilitate longer and shorter distance services. Crossrail is largely a stopping service, on the east side its taken over a service which doesn't go far out of London and turned it into a metro which I think works but on the west side its taken over a longer distance stopping service which its turned into a metro and this doesn't work for this service, this is why I don't want TfL to take over the South East.