Railway Replacements Oct 21, 2019 15:27:13 GMT via mobile
Post by rng on Oct 21, 2019 15:27:13 GMT
Not sure what the scheduled headway was on this one, think it was every 7-8 minutes during my late shift and the service finished around 10pm. The only calling points were Canning Town and London City Airport. The changeover point was at Canning Town.
Single deckers were allocated, most likely because a lot of passengers would have bulky luggage and wouldn't want to go upstairs.
The route was short and literally ran alongside the DLR line, on the 474 line of route from end to end.
A lot, and I mean a lot of the people of West Silvertown and Pontoon Dock were really upset about the replacement bus arrangements. Some took to Twitter to make their views known, probably because there are no station staff on the DLR to complain to. I was subjected to expletives and rude/exasperated gestures from people waiting at those stations who were watching some lightly loaded rail replacement buses whizz past. At least 6 different people at Canning Town implored me to make extra stops at those stations, specifically citing poor reliability on the 474's evening service which is supposed to run every 15 minutes. No idea how true it was but the 474's stop at Canning Town seemed to be crowded all 7 times I drove past it, as well as most of the buses I saw leaving there.
Somehow people at Canning Town were expecting to be taken to the Woolwich Free Ferry which doesn't actually run after 19:30 on Sundays. People were getting on the 474 and replacement service hoping to get closer to Woolwich Arsenal when the only river crossing for miles is actually the Jubilee Line at Canning Town.
I decided to make announcements, welcoming people to the UK on leaving London City Airport and offering brief advice on onward connections.
Most of the buses were hammered. Some which left LCA in a bunch or between flight arrivals left lightly loaded, but this was the minority. Buses were filling up quickly at both ends until around 8pm. As flights were arriving, I picked up a full double deck load as late as 21:30 from City Airport.
Abellio sent some long E200s and MMCs from the C10 but also quite a few shorter E200s from the 484 and one of the P13's legendary MMCs, 8344. It's not the first time that one has escaped onto a rail replacement route.
The 474 was under severe pressure from Canning Town.
They were fine, well matched to actual running times.
Due to the predicted heavy loads and risk of suitcases rolling around, I wanted a bus with extra smooth braking and acceleration. I initially had C10 MMC 8844 but failed it after one rounder. The spare bus happened to be a double deck MMC, 2618 which fit the bill perfectly.
I quite liked the route as a one off. Busy and passengers didn't seem too put out at having to use a bus service to get to the Tube.
Route difficulty rating - 1/3 (easy)
Enjoyability - 3/5 (moderate)
Next route review - Clapham Junction to Chessington South
So Pontoon Dock and West Silvertown has no replacement? What about King George V ? Sounds like this one needs revising to a stopper service.