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Brilliant article here:

The Brixton loop

It isn’t clear whether the planning for a fast terminal turn-round time was deficient, whether the measures in place simply turned out not to be enough or whether they were sufficient for 30tph but other factors restricted frequency. Whatever the case, the first proposal to build a loop at Brixton via Herne Hill (where there would be a single platform station) was not long in coming. This in itself seems to suggest that, at one point in time at least, the terminus at Brixton was the primary limiting factor to frequencies on the line.

The suggestion, taken quite seriously in the 1980s, was to have a loop at Brixton, rather like the Kennington loop on the Northern line, so that trains could continue from a southbound platform and reappear in the northbound platform without having to reverse direction. As Piers Conner reports, the idea was abandoned for two reasons. The first was that it would have required two extra trains. The second was that the crowding caused by the expected number of passengers added by a loop station at Herne Hill would have eclipsed the relief benefit provided by the loop itself. This was hardly the desired result.

Interestingly, it seems that no consideration was given to providing a loop at Brixton without a station at Herne Hill. This would have probably have obviated the need for a least one of the extra trains, but the relief gain would have been small in proportion to the still-large tunnelling and fit-out costs. Without the up-tick of passenger fares a station at Herne Hill would have provided, this meant it would probably have failed any business case or financial scrutiny.Click to expand...

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Date: Sep 6, 2017   


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