Well if the answer to both of these questions is yes, then you may like to click on this link
This says that the proposed railfreight terminal in Radlett (two stops up the line from Mill Hill) will have 12 freight trains a day. The question is, when will these extra trains run? Well the line is at capacity during the day, due to the popularity of the Thameslink service. So the answer is.... Yup late nights/early mornings.
And what sort of Freight trains are these? Big buggers I believe
To quote the document from the inquiry :-
Longer and heavier freight trains: operate 750m long trains as standard and ensure rail freight terminals can accommodate longer trains. Allow heavier trains (with the resulting increased capacity) on selected routes)Got that, heacy freight trains nearly half a mile long.
Just to re-emphasise :-
Be capable of taking full-length (775m) trains of W10 gauge with longer-term potential for electric traction and European-gauge containersOr put it another way :-
Be able to receive and despatch around 12 full trains per day
The established Midland Main Line Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS) states that off-peak capacity should be provided for two freight trains per hour, one with a trailing weight of up to 2500 tonnes, in each direction. The Draft Network Rail East Midlands RUS also states that two off-peak freight paths per hour of up to 2000 tonnes should be provided in each direction. Trains in excess of 2000 tonnes are for hauling bulk commodities such as aggregates and would not serve the Radlett terminal. Capacity for trains of this type will be achieved during off-peak hours by the provision of additional infrastructure, which is being developed under the Strategic Freight Network initiative. DBSR’s international service from Novara in Italy, at 512m, has a typical trailing weight of around 1200 tonnes.So as well as the new trains for Radlett, we are to have two trains per hour hauling in excess of 2,000 tonnes in off peak periods (overnight). And just to re-iterate
Out of hours (non-peak hours). The line is currently at 60% freight capacity, so we will have a near doubling of freight.
21. I am aware that there have been adverse comments by at least one passenger train operating company with regard to the Radlett proposal. I do not regard these comments as well-considered. The Route Utilisation Strategy for the Midland Main Line makes it very clear that two freight paths per non-peak hour are reserved. Current utilisation rates of around 60% – (the figures are from Network Rail’s Performance and Capacity Report on MML dated July 2009) – show that there is ample capacity
Now I'm not a Nimby, I'd much rather see freight on railways than roads, but what I do object to is that I only found out about this all by accident. I was googling Radlett to see if there was still day fishing at the gravel pits. My house backs on to the Midland Main Line. It directly affects me. The proposal says plenty about what will be done to mitigate the traffic in Radlett, but what about in Mill Hill and Hendon. Even more scandalous is the fact that our local
One final thing to bear in mind. The original plans were thrown out by the secretary of State last year. He was overruled by a judge in July, and the plans are back on track.
Isn't democracy a wonderful thing.