Marsden Platform 2

When SMART was consulted about the timetable changes we specifically asked whether westbound trains would be using platform two. It hadn’t been in the information supplied by the train companies, but we had been tipped off by a railway industry insider to ask. Sure enough, we were told that most westbound trains would use platform two, the reason given was that it saved 1¬Ĺ ¬†minutes compared to going into the platform three loop.

We strongly recommended against this, but it went ahead anyway.

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2 Responses to Marsden Platform 2

  1. Philip Williams says:

    In the USA Amtrak trains have plastic steps at individual doors & conductors to assist, (see Railcam La Plata), perhaps platforms will be the next for cuts in UK.
    I can see a number cruncher proving that having platforms is a cost we cannot afford, idiots.

  2. Josh says:

    Is there any reason we couldn’t at least have some of those plastic hump things that raise the platform level for some of its length – usually I think to allow step-free access but here they’d at least reduce the size of the gap.

    Seen quite a few people struggling to climb in to the train now (myself included). It just seems like something that should be easy to fix.

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