Quite a lot of issues on the railways this morning brought about extreme delays for commuters in west London and on the Elizabeth line.
A damaged rail observe close to Hayes & Harlington station in west London brought about issues on GWR and Elizabeth line providers within the space, after which compounding the issue, a damaged down prepare at Paddington affected the Elizabeth line out to Abbey Wooden.
At Woolwich, if the Elizabeth line has a significant downside, folks have the choice of swapping to the close by DLR or mainline rail stations – however it will possibly nearly be an indication of the success of the Elizabeth line in attracting new passengers that the DLR now struggles to deal with the crowds.
Earlier than the Elizabeth line opened, the DLR at Woolwich was busy however hardly ever overcrowded; nonetheless, this morning, the queues to get into the station at instances stretched down the street.
The crowding on the DLR was additionally affecting Southeastern and Thameslink trains on the neighbouring mainline station, with station employees warning that the mainline providers have been additionally a lot busier than traditional because of the closure of the Elizabeth line at Abbey Wooden station.
Nonetheless, the surge in public transport use within the Woolwich space after the Elizabeth line opened signifies that the legacy transport networks can’t cope if the Elizabeth line is closed — which is a reminder that there’s all the time pent-up demand for public transport.
Because the saying goes – if you happen to construct it, they may come.
It’s not the easiest way of demonstrating how the Elizabeth line has attracted new public transport clients, however it will possibly’t be denied that it has completed so.
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