Loughborough Junction chitter-chatter

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by teuchter, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    The signage also looks more 'vape shop' or 'occult nicknacks' than 'estate agent' to me.
     
  2. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    Carl Spector's website sayeth:
    "Is considered a boutique, bespoke, personalized estate agency based in the sought-after location of Briston in the edge of 4 four different postcodes SW9-SW2-SE5-SE24.
    Briston. Is that here? All a bit peculiar.
     
  3. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    Street party with 2 sound systems on the bit next to hero of Switzerland ! Just getting going .
     
  4. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    some photos from last night. It was really special atmosphere, totally joyful with children centre stage (and on the decks). A reminder of why public space is so important. Went on till 11 when a police van turned up and everything was dismantled without complaint. The photos don't do justice at all to the man with the jamaica bike and the two guys in orange and purple were fantastic, had a perfectly honed duet. The dj in white t shirt is 11 years old, might not have all the mixing skills yet but made up for it with bombastic attitude. IMG_0289.jpg

    bike man.jpg


    dancing.jpg

    song.jpg
     
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  5. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Id've gone down to that if i hadn't been away for the weekend.
     
  6. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    But then we'd have met and there's no way you could live up to my imagined version of teuchter, so its a good thing you missed it. I picture you with a sort of walrus moustache and a penny farthing bicycle for some reason.
     
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  7. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    But this is exactly how I had pictured you :confused:
     
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  8. Angellic

    Angellic Well-Known Member


    Was it for the Royal wedding?
     
  9. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    I asked someone what it was about and she said it was that, yes. The only royal wedding thing i saw was one small girl holding a union jack flag with harry & meg's faces on it.
     
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  10. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Pleasantly surprised by the new thameslink timetable which started today. I had thought that nothing much would change through loughborough junction. But it seems like it's been regularised to a train every 15 minutes throughout the whole day - instead of switching to every 30 minutes in the late evening like it used to. That's quite a significant improvement. I think the last train from town is slightly later now, arriving at 2330. Would be nice if they ran later than that but hey ho.
    Also: it turns out that departure times from LJ - in both directions - happen to be at 00, 15, 30 and 45, consistently throughout the entire day with a couple of extras slotted in in the peaks. So nice and easy to remember.

    Time will tell if the new timetable makes the service any more reliable.
     
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  11. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    I somehow expected the change to mean bad news, fewer trains not more. This is great. Particularly happy about the easy to remember timings.
     
  12. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baŠĻČned: All

    That is nice to see. Doesn't help the chronic overcrowding in the peaks though.
     
  13. ChrisSouth

    ChrisSouth Well-Known Member

    I haven't used it today, but I also like the regularity. However, there are now fewer trains going north (not just terminating at Blackfriars) in the key 7.45 to 8.30 commuting window.
     
  14. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I was just checking about north-bound in the late afternoon. There used to be a massive service gap between about 4.50 pm and 5.40 pm. This seems to have been put right after 24 years! If they run to timetable there will now be trains every 15 minutes without a service gap at all.
     
  15. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Previously going north in the morning peak you had:
    0726
    0734
    0752
    0800
    0804
    0818
    0824
    0835

    Now it's
    0719
    0730
    0745
    0749
    0800
    0815
    0819
    0830

    Doesn't seem hugely different to me.

    The 19/49 ones only go to Blackfriars yes. But northbound it's a very easy change at blackfriars. Don't need to go down/up the stairs. And trains north from Blackfriars will become tube-like frequency so you'll not have to wait more than a few mins.

    As I've said on here many times before... they should all stop at Blackfriars. Then we could have a reliable service. Unfortunately there was a successful campaign against this.
     
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  16. ChrisSouth

    ChrisSouth Well-Known Member

    And that didn't work this morning. 7.45 cancelled and connecting trains at Blackfriars were delayed. I don't know which tube line you travel on, but I don't see this as a tube like frequency.
     
  17. davidaheath

    davidaheath Well-Known Member

    Can we talk about midnight dog man?

    Actually, it's more like 2am dog man, somewhere around Coldharbour Lane by the junction to Herne Hill Road and Flaxman. I don't know what it is because I'm like several houses down and I can only lean so far out the window before I knock over my succulents, but almost every night now I'll be woken up by a dog barking every five seconds. It'll stop for maybe a minute or so, but then start barking again. I can't see the dog or the accompanying human, but it sounds like they're just down by the main road, maybe outside Costcutter or Jerk Island or something.

    That seems like pretty anti social behaviour, right? Also, I'm no dog doctor, but I'm pretty sure normal dogs don't bark all the time if they're happy and having a great time. We're talking maybe a solid half hour of barking each time. I don't know about the tail wagging status, I can't see that.

    Or maybe this is all in my head and I'm about to go full Tyler Durden making soap and all printing out mad rules and shit at work.

    Can anyone else hear this mess or are you all in the posh flats away from the main road now?
     
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  18. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    I can see that the 0749 from LJ got to Blackfriars at 0800. Then from there were trains northbound at:
    0806, 0810, 0813, 0816, 0825, 0828, 0830, 0836

    A lot of those were delayed trains but averaged out that's a train every 3 or 4 mins. Yes, there was a 9 minute gap between the 0816 and 0825 but overall that is a tube-like frequency and sometimes there are gaps on the tube too.

    The current timetabled frequency through the central bit of Thameslink is 18 trains per hour - about one every 3 minutes. This will increase in phases over the next couple of years, so that at the end of next year there will be 24 trains per hour - one every 2.5 minutes.

    Fact is though, Thameslink is going to be a bit of a mess over the coming weeks/months, mainly because of the driver shortages as explained in the article I posted above.
     
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  19. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    We had a similar thing by the Barrier Block. Great to see there's still some street culture left.
     
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  20. ChrisSouth

    ChrisSouth Well-Known Member

    I know it's not always about me, but when I did catch trains going north from LJ, I didn't need to change, and now I do. I to my mind, that's a decrease in their service offering.
     
  21. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    It's 1 train in 5, in the peaks only, that terminates at Blackfriars. For those that don't want to change trains there's a through train every 15 minutes through the entire day. On balance the new timetable offers a better service than the old one - in my opinion.
     
  22. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    I've totally given up catching the train from Loughborough Junction. :mad:
    You should be able to rely on trains to get you were you need to be. I have no confidence in them whatsoever. Maybe I've just unlucky. But I very rarely get there to find my train running on time. Or even running at all. :(:(
    I catch 2 buses now to get to Wallington.
     
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  23. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    The whole of Thameslink is currently in total disarray at the moment because of a shortage of drivers. Hopefully after a few weeks things might settle down a little.
     
  24. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    Oh this isn't recent. I seem to have had this problem for months now. Could just be unlucky I guess. :(
     
  25. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    It's always a bit unreliable yes. But worse than normal just now.
     
  26. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Seems to me it's been bad since they started the London Bridge rebuild some years back. Before that I don't remember all these through trains from Brighton to Bedford going through the station. They seem to get priority - hang the loop!
     
  27. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  28. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    The through trains are there because they are diverted from their 'normal' route between Blackfriars and London Bridge, which as you say has been closed for some time as part of the rebuild. That's now open again, but the diverts are still being used because they haven't yet got enough drivers trained up fro all services to revert to the London Bridge route. But as I understand it, it'snot really these services that cause unreliability on the loop - it's the fact that the loop trains do a long journey all the way down from Bedford/Luton and back giving them plenty of opportunity to pick up delays - and then get turned around early, meaning the return journey from Blackfriars north can be back on schedule, but at the cost of missing out a bunch of stops on the loop, and us seeing our services cancelled.
     
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  29. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Actually I had a totally unsuccessful return train trip to E & C yesterday early evening - would have had to wait from 6.10 till 6.45 pm for a train to Elephant and there was a similar service gap coming back at 8.30 pm
    So I sympathise with xsunnysuex
    I was going to a talk at SBU. Good job I'd left enough time to get buses instead.
    Never seen it as bad LJ - EPH for cancellations - and as xsunnysuex said they don't seem to be showing the cancellations on the National Rail enquiry website right now.
     
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  30. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    It's a mess - but we don't have it as bad as some other places on the Thameslink network further out of london which apparently are seeing service gaps of several hours and few transport alternatives.
     

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