Dis­ap­point­ing at Is­lip

Rail (UK) - - Opinion -

A reader re­cently paid a visit to Is­lip and says it’s an odd case: a mod­ern small sta­tion bristling with CCTV, built to main line stan­dards to serve a small vil­lage, yet with a very sparse ser­vice (there are four-hour gaps) and few pas­sen­gers. The car-park was al­most empty.

He rightly says that on an un­staffed sta­tion, in­for­ma­tion pro­vi­sion is its only ‘shop win­dow’. Yet there was no timetable on the bridge, nor on the Lon­don-bound plat­form.

On the other plat­form Chiltern Rail­ways did have a timetable - but the wrong one, as it only showed the de­par­ture sheets for Ox­ford Park­way!

Sadly, this is all-too-typ­i­cal of Chiltern’s at­ti­tude to­wards some sta­tions, in which it ap­pears to have no in­ter­est. Sud­bury & Har­row Road is an­other ex­am­ple. Trains run from Maryle­bone in as lit­tle as 13 min­utes, whereas the Pic­cadilly Line of­fers noth­ing faster than half-an-hour from cen­tral Lon­don to the nearby Sud­bury Town.

So, what does Chiltern of­fer on this much faster route? Four trains each way a day, none week­ends.

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