LHRjc From Netherlands, joined Apr 2006, 1964 posts, RR: 19 Posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2962 times:
Just a heads up to any LGW travellers. The monorail that links North and South Terminal will be closed from September 2009 until April 2010 in order for them to replace the tracks. A replacement bus service will operate during this period... Pretty inconvenient if you're travelling with loads of luggage...
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JER757 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2815 times:
I'd heard it was in bad need of repairs.
I was there the other week and only one track was in operation as it was, and it decides to go and break down halfway along (presumably with a load of pax stuck inside). It was pretty tight for my flight as it was and I didn't want to risk waiting for them to repair it or put replacement buses on. I ended up running from North to South Terminals dodging the traffic along the way along with about 20 others... bit of a pain but all good fun!
Quoting LHRjc (Reply 2): Yep, crazy isn't it. And that's only 1 track. The 2nd track won't be finished until July 2010!
Surely if they're just doing the one track couldn't they keep the other open and just run a reduced service every 6 mins? Although we all know the BAA don't think that logically...
Tonystan From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1437 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2416 times:
You need to remember that its a monorail....it doesnt have "tracks" like a standard train. Its tracks are big old concrete things with bits of wiring. I assume that this concrete has probably broken down in the near 20 years or so that the monorail has been in operation so it will be a big job now to fix it!
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Musang From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 864 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2255 times:
Technically I don't think it qualifies as a monorail. It rides on rubber tyres on a concrete surface. More like a series of two (or three) connected buses. The central "rail" supports no weight, just provides steering/position data to the control system.
The one that used to connect Tokyo with Haneda in the '70s was a true monorail.
Readytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3262 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2131 times:
Here is what we are talking about.
Now it would seem to me that a crew could work safely on one side of the track with the other one running,perhaps however, the design of the "track" might weaken if half were removed as it was build as a whole and not two parts. Just an idea.
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