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Section 21: Stopping Markers

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In 1991, stop markers applicable to Travelling Post Office (T.P.O.) trains were installed on the Fast line platforms at Luton station. These had the words "TPO stop" in yellow on a red background [21.50].

[21.50] T.P.O. Stop Marker.
Area: Luton   Usage: Low   Status: Historical

Stop markers for Class 253/254 High Speed Trains were installed at the south end of certain platforms at London Euston in 1991. The boards, which read "HST stop" in red letters [21.51], are suspended from the platform canopies on the approach to the buffer stops.

[21.51] HST Stop Marker.
Area: London Euston   Usage: Low   Status: Current

From 1991, special stop markers consisting of a white cross on a black or blue background [21.52 & 21.53] were provided at certain stations on the Southern Region, located beyond the platforms. These denote the stopping position for Class 319, 455 and 456 trains composed of eight cars.

[21.52] Stop Marker.
Area: Southern Region   Usage: Unknown   Status: Uncertain
[21.53] Stop Marker.
Area: Southern Region   Usage: Unknown   Status: Uncertain

In 1992 and 1993 respectively, new stations were opened at Bentley and Adwick, on the line between Doncaster and Wakefield. The car stop marker on the Up platform at Bentley, which applies to 4-car electric multiple units, includes the letters "EMU" above the usual words "car stop" [21.54]. The stop marker on the Up platform at Adwick is similar but omits the word "car" [21.55].

[21.54] EMU Car Stop Marker.
Area: Bentley   Usage: Low   Status: Current
[21.55] EMU Stop Marker.
Area: Adwick   Usage: Low   Status: Current

Stop markers applicable to Eurostar trains and indicating the appropriate number of vehicles are provided on the international platforms at Ashford International station [21.56].

[21.56] Vehicle Stop Marker.
Area: Ashford International   Usage: Low   Status: Current

At some stations on the Merseyrail system, the identification number of the platform starting signal (where one is provided) is stated on any car stop marker that is positioned some distance back from the signal [21.57].

[21.57] Car Stop Marker with signal number (e.g. HN201).
Area: Merseyrail   Usage: Medium   Status: Current

Automatic fume extraction equipment is installed above Platforms 18 and 19 at London Victoria station. Diesel trains therefore normally use those platforms. Drivers of DEMUs (diesel electric multiple units) must stop the train with the leading cab adjacent to the special stop markers provided on the approach to the buffer stops [21.58].

[21.58] DEMU Stop Marker.
Area: London Victoria   Usage: Low   Status: Current

In 1998, stop markers applicable only to Thameslink trains were installed at certain stations on the Brighton line. These had yellow figures on a blue background [21.59].

[21.59] Car Stop Marker.
Area: Thameslink   Usage: Low   Status: Historical

Certain stations on the East Coast Main Line are located on a steep gradient. Drivers of Class 253 & 254 High Speed Trains or trains composed of Mark 4 vehicles are required to place the brake controller in the "Hold" position when stopped at the platforms concerned. Suitably worded marker boards were provided from 1999, with the letters "HST", "Mk4" or "HST / Mk4" at the top [21.60].

[21.60] "Hold" Stopping Marker. Click Here for Photo
Area: East Coast Main Line   Usage: Low   Status: Uncertain

'Mid platform marker boards' of a new design were provided at Birmingham Snow Hill station in 1999. These comprise a white board, across which is a black horizontal band with a gap in the middle [21.61]. This type of sign was adopted as standard in 2003.

[21.61] Mid Platform Marker Board. Click Here for Photo
Area: Birmingham Snow Hill (subsequently All Areas)   Usage: Low   Status: Current

From 2000, Class 373 (Eurostar) trains leased to GNER began operating over the southern part of the East Coast Main Line. Appropriate stop markers were provided at the stations where they call [21.62].

[21.62] Class 373 Stop Marker.
Area: East Coast Main Line   Usage: Medium   Status: Current

The Sudbury line platform at Marks Tey station is sharply curved. When Class 150 DMUs were introduced to the Sudbury line in 2001, four raised access platforms were fixed to the existing platform in positions corresponding to the train doors, to reduce the stepping distance for passengers. Because these platforms were not intended for use with Class 153 DMUs, separate stop markers were provided for each type of unit [21.63]. In the Up direction, the stopping position for both classes was the same and an additional stop marker for all trains was provided [21.64]. These markers were removed in 2010, when Class 150s were prohibited from working on the Sudbury line.

[21.63] Stop Marker (e.g. applicable to Class 153 units).
Area: Marks Tey   Usage: Low   Status: Historical
[21.64] Stop Marker.
Area: Marks Tey   Usage: Low   Status: Historical

At some stations managed by Arriva Trains Wales, the car stop markers that apply to trains of different lengths show the relevant number of cars above and below a diagonal line in the manner of a fraction [21.65]. The letters "DMU" are added to the upper right-hand corner of signs that apply specifically to diesel multiple units [21.66].

[21.65] Car Stop Marker.
Area: Arriva Trains Wales   Usage: Low   Status: Uncertain
[21.66] DMU Car Stop Marker.
Area: Arriva Trains Wales   Usage: Low   Status: Uncertain

South West Trains have installed their own style of car stop markers [21.67 & 21.68]. A stop marker applicable to electric multiple units may be suffixed with "EMU" [21.69]. At stations with short platforms, a stop marker with a letter "X" [21.70] beyond the platform end indicates the position where the front of an 8-car train should stop so that all the passenger doors will be beside the platform.

[21.67] Car Stop Marker.
Area: South West Trains   Usage: High   Status: Current
[21.68] Car Stop Marker. Click Here for Photo
Area: South West Trains   Usage: High   Status: Current
[21.69] EMU Car Stop Marker.
Area: South West Trains   Usage: Low   Status: Current
[21.70] "X Car Stop" Marker.
Area: South West Trains   Usage: Low   Status: Current

Stop markers with the legend "ECS" were provided at the west end of Branksome station in 2001 [21.71]. These apply to empty coaching stock (ECS) trains reversing on the Down line. The markers are positioned such that most of the train can be drawn clear of the platform, with just the rear cab remaining on the platform for signal sighting purposes.

[21.71] ECS Stop Marker.
Area: Branksome   Usage: Low   Status: Current