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LGW Monorail To Temporarily Close  
User currently offlineLHRjc From Netherlands, joined Apr 2006, 1964 posts, RR: 20
Posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2975 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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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27159 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2961 times:



Quoting LHRjc (Thread starter):
September 2009 until April 2010 in order for them to replace the tracks.

It takes them over 7 months to lay tracks for that small distance....


User currently offlineLHRjc From Netherlands, joined Apr 2006, 1964 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2948 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
It takes them over 7 months to lay tracks for that small distance....

Yep, crazy isn't it. And that's only 1 track. The 2nd track won't be finished until July 2010!



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User currently offlineJER757 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2828 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...



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User currently offlineAlasdair1982 From UK - Scotland, joined Mar 2008, 468 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2812 times:

HSE issue having workers replacing track while an adjacent line is still operational I would imagine

User currently offlineTonystan From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1444 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2429 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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User currently offlineAcelanzarote From Spain, joined Nov 2005, 848 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2374 times:

Have heard a rummor it will be converted to a covered moving walkway?

Any truth in this???

cheers



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User currently offlineMusang From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 865 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2268 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.

Regards - musang


User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2230 times:



Quoting JER757 (Reply 3):
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?

I'm sure they could. There is a big concrete block separating the two lines so no fear of being hit by the train on the other track.

Operating and maintaining that monorail must cost a bomb. I bet BAA are trying to find more ways for pax to use their own leg-power. They'll judge it by the number of complaints they get.


User currently offlineReadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3324 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2144 times:

Here is what we are talking about.

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj283/readytotaxi/trip10.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj283/readytotaxi/trip11.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj283/readytotaxi/trip12.jpg

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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User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2098 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2133 times:

Depends if they're demolishing the whole structure and putting something new up I guess. Once work starts I'd imagine it'd be clear why it's been fully closed.


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User currently offlineAPYu From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 839 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2084 times:

This is bad news. BAA are rubbish at the replacement bus and it can add up to 30 minutes to the transfer while you're waiting for buses. Grrrrr


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