Platform restored to use at Bushey rules out replacement buses during evening engineering work on the Watford D.C. all stations Line.
Bushey Station is served by London Overground on the all stations DC Line service and London Midland, who operate a much faster limited stop service to London, and northwards to Tring in Hertfordshire.
The platform had been out of use for many years but ongoing engineering work most evenings on weekdays and weekends, closes either the “Fast” or “Slow” lines through Bushey by Network Rail. These works are to keep traffic at optimum performance throughout the daytime but has presented problems to passengers using Bushey when the “Slow” lines are closed.
If trains are diverted during these civil engineers projects onto the “Down Fast” line towards Watford Junction, they are unable to call at Bushey. This would cause Rail Replacement bus services to be instigated from Harrow & Wealdstone or Watford Junction for Bushey customers. This was deemed to be in breach of the Seven Day Railway apart from being annoying for passengers.
The new platform can only accommodate 4 car services, which is curious given a large number of evening and weekend services are operated by 8 car sets. Also an interesting feature is that the platform does not allow passengers to wait on it, and as such staff members have to allow passengers onto the platforms in the evenings if they wish to use a Northbound service. Rather more curiously is the design of the exit gate, which is operated by a plunger to release the lock upon it, the likes of which are only usually seen in offices.