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Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« on: February 26, 2012, 08:42:37 pm »
My wife and I are currently thinking about moving out to Brookmans Park.  One thing we're not sure on is what the commutes are like - we can tell how long it takes, but aren't sure:
- how crowded the rush-hour trains are
- how often FCC cancels or delays trains.

We'd really appreciate knowing how people find the commute - it makes such a difference to your day!

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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2012, 08:59:35 pm »
My experience...

On the whole, I find them pretty good. You'll always get a seat in the mornings. My 'finger in the air' guess is that out of 10 mornings, the train will be a few minutes late once and it's a little more hit and miss in the bad winter weather (same everywhere). Cancellations are once in a blue moon. The only negative is that there are no fast trains, unlike somewhere such as Potters Bar. All the trains to and from Brookmans Park are 'stoppers'.
 

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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2012, 09:00:57 pm »
I get a train around 7am most weekdays to Finsbury Park. Always get a seat from Brookmans Park (this is the same on the occasions I have got a later train as well) - helps being quite near the start of the line.

The time I leave London varies widely from 4pm - 7pm. Normally get a seat up to about 5:30pm, after that have to stand about half way, but that's only 10 mins.

I would say probably around once a month I get a delay of over half an hour - normally getting home - they tend to be delayed rather than cancelled though. No idea if I am lucky or whether that is about average! I think twice since September things have gone really badly wrong which has meant getting the Picadilly Line out to Cockfosters and waiting for a bus. It takes (quite a bit!) longer, but there is at least an alternative.

From my point of view, I think the reliability of the train service we get is more than adequate. Value for money is another story though...
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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2012, 09:27:39 pm »
Thank you both- really helpful
 

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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2012, 09:57:53 am »
Also if you can be bothered and go to crews hill or hadley wood main line then you can go in on an oyster card.

A significant cash saving if you have the time to spare.

There is also the amazing fast train into kings cross from potters bar and visa versa which takes 15-20 mins off peak. Cab to/from Potters Bar £5.70

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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2012, 10:48:44 pm »
Have been using the service into Moorgate for 6 mths now and no complaints.  In that time yes the train may be 1-2 minutes late on occasion, however at 7.42 you always get a seat and similarly as I start my trek back from London at Moorgate always get a seat home  ;D

Have only suffered 1 cancelled train and once when the service was diverted to Kings X, due to a train stalled at Drayton Park!

Mt real beef with FCC is how cold the trains are, the heating never seems to be on.
 

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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2012, 01:33:03 pm »
I always get a seat but sometimes not all the way - watch out for the pregnant ladies of North London!
 

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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2012, 10:48:04 pm »
Well I obviously jinxed the service with my post last night ... arrived at station to hear announcement that 7.41 to WGC was running 15 mins late (due to signal problems) .... checked the board for London bound trains hurrah 7.42 to Moorgate on time, however 7.58 delayed.   next announcment 7.41 to WGC cancelled, am guessing this had a knock on for the 7.58 to Moorgate, but didn't hang around to find out and as luck would have it the heating was on!!  ;D
 

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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2012, 10:50:00 am »
Anyone want to have a word with the Director of First Capital Connect?  It looks like this lunchtime there's an opportunity.

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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2012, 07:50:11 am »
Just seen this tweet from FCC. I presume TL route means Thameslink?

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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2012, 07:56:49 am »
More just in from FCC with link for those who need to make alternative arrangements.

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« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2012, 08:24:05 am »
Update just in for those using Thameslink with warning of major delays.

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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2012, 08:37:57 am »
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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2012, 04:34:27 pm »
Looks like it's only the fast trains, but not sure.  Worth checking.


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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2012, 05:42:16 pm »
Delays on local trains according to tweet from FCC

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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2012, 05:49:10 pm »
From FCC:

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Owing to a person hit by a train at New Barnet all lines are blocked.
Impact:
Train services running through this station may be cancelled, delayed by up to 60 mins or diverted via Hertford North at short notice. An estimate for the resumption of normal services will be provided as soon as the problem has been fully assessed.
Customer Advice:
First Capital Connect (Thameslink Route) and Greater Anglia services are conveying passengers via any reasonable route until further notice.
London Underground services are conveying passengers via any reasonable route until further notice.
TfL London Bus (North London area) and Arriva (between Hatfield & St Albans) bus services are conveying passengers via any reasonable route until further notice.
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All 1st class accommodation has been declassified on all First Capital Connect Great Northern route services to/from London King's Cross and Moorgate this evening. Message Received :24/04/2012 17:40
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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2012, 06:03:06 pm »
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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2012, 07:11:13 pm »
That's unusual, two people being hit by trains hours within each other on the same nuight. Ther was one earlier at Hadley Wood yesterday around 15:30. Or was this part of the same incident?
 

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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2012, 06:57:56 am »
Line problem: between Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage.

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Owing to a person hit by a train between Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage all lines are closed. Train services through these stations may be subject to disruption on all routes at short notice. An estimate for the resumption of normal services will be provided as soon as the problem has been fully assessed.

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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2012, 07:25:45 am »
That's the fifth one this week :(

Really do feel for the drivers.
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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #20 on: April 27, 2012, 07:52:05 am »
I just had a look at the link on the left of the page to how trains are running currently and it looks like a lot aren't stopping at Brookmans Park - not sure if that means totally cancelled or not.
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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #21 on: April 27, 2012, 07:56:42 am »
I just had a look at the link on the left of the page to how trains are running currently and it looks like a lot aren't stopping at Brookmans Park - not sure if that means totally cancelled or not.
FCC Trains within next hour

Apparently it was a person hit by a train but according to the latest tweet from FCC things are getting back to normal.


Here was the earlier tweet.


You can always see the latest FCC tweets by going to the foot of the site's home page.

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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #22 on: April 27, 2012, 07:58:33 am »
Is this is 'getting back to normal...' ? :)

From what I can work out they are starting at Potters Bar. There's a 610 bus which leaves the village about five past eight going there if anyone else is stuck...
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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #23 on: April 27, 2012, 08:02:57 am »
Is this is 'getting back to normal...' ? :)

Sorry, my usual optimism.

 :-\

According to the FCC site, no Moorgate bound trains are stopping until the 09:34.  Of course this may change but worth keeping an eye on.
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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #24 on: April 27, 2012, 09:22:21 am »
They only showed the 07:42 as cancelled this morning with the 07:57 and subsequent 'On Time'.

Fortunately someone told me on the way that there was nothing moving for at least a couple of hours.  Expect to see the 'On Time's change to 'Cancelled' as their time approaches.
 

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« Reply #25 on: April 27, 2012, 09:44:45 am »
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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #26 on: April 27, 2012, 12:23:03 pm »
That's 3 people who have been hit by a train on this line in a week.
 

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« Reply #27 on: April 27, 2012, 12:36:07 pm »
5 actually Helen :(
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« Reply #28 on: April 27, 2012, 01:19:22 pm »
Gosh, that's dreadful.
 

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Re: Commuting from Brookmans Park - Trains into London
« Reply #29 on: April 27, 2012, 02:27:41 pm »
ADM - I travelled on the 7.57 without any appreciacble delay this morning so the report was accurate
 

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