From next Saturday a new timetable (pdf) comes in to place on the Metropolitan line.
These are the times for a section of the morning-peak southbound services from Watford after this date:
- 6:58 – Aldgate semi-fast
- 7:03 – Baker Street semi-fast
- 7:13 – Baker Street semi-fast
- 7:23 – Baker Street
- 7:30 – Aldgate semi-fast
- 7:36 – Baker Street semi-fast
- 7:45 – Baker Street
- 7:55 – Baker Street
- 8:02 – Aldgate semi-fast
- 8:08 – Baker Street semi-fast
- 8:17 – Baker Street
The current timetable introduced in December 2011 featured a total of 11 weekday-morning Aldgate services. The new one will feature just 6.
Inside the above time range Aldgate trains currently depart Watford at 6:58, 7:14, 7:30, 7:46 and 8:02. So a couple of these services have been bought forward a minuite and now terminate at Baker Street instead of joining the Circle line and heading into the City.
Under a section on the Tube Guide (that’s “timetable” to you and I) the sentence “every other train continues to/starts from Aldgate” appears under the Watford train frequency information. Clearly that will no longer be the case.
The number of semi-fast London services wil also fall from 14 to 10 in the morning peak.
Amersham/Chesham Metropolitan line services are to remain the same in the morning peak (albeit for some slight time adjustments) on a pattern of Chesham to Aldgate Fast, Amersham to Aldgate Semi-Fast, Amersham to Aldgate Fast.
I couldn’t find a “Tube Guide” for Uxbridge but a quick look at TfL’s journey planner shows that the number of trains running on the Uxbridge branch will fall, however the number of Aldgate services is set to increase considerably (see below).
I wonder why London Underground have done this?