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Northern City Line
« on: August 22, 2012, 02:06:50 PM »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_City_Line

I was wondering why this line does not operate at weekends, as I was hoping to use it on Saturday when I'm in the capital. I can't really think of any particular reason why this should be the case.
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Re: Northern City Line
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2012, 04:11:01 PM »
it has been that way for years since at least 1982 i think it is because it is for commuters into moorgate so that is why it only runs monday to friday .

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Re: Northern City Line
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2012, 04:56:32 PM »
The line ran on Saturdays more recently than 1982 as I used to take my son to see matches at Arsenal later on in the decade and we often used to catch a train from Drayton Park after the game as it was much less crowded than using Arsenal station on the Piccadilly Line.  I agree, though, that it is many years now since it operated at weekends.

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Re: Northern City Line
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2012, 06:50:03 PM »
A weekend service would be well used I think. Even if the trains just operated from Finsbury Park to Moorgate it would be a useful service.

A very interesting line - a bit like going back in time to the early 1990s, and its strange being on a main line train on a line which is more suited to tube trains.

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Re: Northern City Line
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2012, 07:39:53 PM »
As a regular user (and commuter) on the line from Finsbury Park to Moorgate, there is a simple reason why it is only M-F - it is almost entirely a commuter line. Peak flows are very high indeed (every five minutes both directions across the peaks, six car 313s all the way), while out of the peaks the x10min service is near deserted.

Drayton Park, while perhaps useful for Arsenal, barely has the capacity/space to cope with football flows - Finsbury Park and Arsenal stations usually run with contraflow set-ups on matchdays, while H&I has now had a new exit and more space upstairs at long last - and unless more opens in the City at weekends, I honestly can't see any justification coming any time soon for weekend opening.

It would be nice if the Network South East adorned platforms on the line were updated, mind...

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Re: Northern City Line
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2012, 09:09:35 PM »
So i suppose it's still looking pretty much like MSTS!
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Re: Northern City Line
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2016, 01:47:39 PM »
I posted back in December (sure I did) as the line is now running seven days a week.
Early days yet but a good handful on most trains, not as good as weekday peak naturally.

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Re: Northern City Line
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2016, 04:58:23 PM »
I posted back in December (sure I did) as the line is now running seven days a week.
Early days yet but a good handful on most trains, not as good as weekday peak naturally.

Indeed - certainly the late-night link to Old Street (and thus the Shoreditch district) appears very popular so far.

It is still heavily-skewed towards peak usage, and I'm sure (having now been a regular on this line for about six years from Finsbury Park into Moorgate for work) that peak loadings are now higher than ever. The 313s are now very shabby, and failures are sadly more common than they should be - the new Class 700/2s cannot come soon enough...