Further to Question No 2015/1319
'My constituents are still reporting to me that there is no link up between trains arriving at Finchley Central, and those leaving for Mill Hill East. Passengers are missing the connection by seconds and having to wait 15 minutes until another service can take them to Mill Hill East. Why is there no link between these services?'
your response being
'The Northern line timetable schedules the departure of the Mill Hill East shuttle shortly after a train arrives into Finchley Central.
Occasionally, delays further along the Northern line mean that a timetabled train will not arrive on schedule. In these cases, the Mill Hill East shuttle departs as scheduled to ensure any subsequent delays are prevented, but TfL seeks to minimise this as much as possible.'
There is a single track between Finchley Central and Mill Hill East. Trains departing from Mill Hill have ten to 15 minutes gap between each departure. If a train is held at Finchley Central for say a minute to wait for an incoming train , why can this not be accommodated by a shorter gap between trains departing from Mill Hill East, say nine to 14 minutes instead of the usual ten to 15 minutes..