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Section 21: Stopping Markers

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Around 2008, new stop markers were provided for the loco-hauled services operated by National Express East Anglia between London Liverpool Street and Norwich [21.131]. Appropriately, these signs have the words "coach stop" at the bottom, in place of the more usual "car stop".

[21.131] Stop Marker applicable to loco-hauled trains.
Area: National Express East Anglia   Usage: Medium   Status: Current

Another form of car stop marker applicable to services turning back has the words "turn back" at the bottom [21.132].

[21.132] Car Stop Marker for services turning back.
Area: Various   Usage: Low   Status: Current

New 'remote platform starting signal' identification signs provided from 2010 give details of the signalling centre and signalman's workstation to which the stated telephone number applies [21.133].

[21.133] 'Remote Platform Starting Signal' Identification Sign.
Area: Scotland Route   Usage: Medium   Status: Current

A car stop marker applicable only to Chiltern Railways services formed of 4-car diesel multiple units was provided on Platform 1 at Warwick station. It has a blue background and the letters "CR" at the top [21.134].

Chiltern Railways started running loco-hauled trains in 2010, necessitating the provision of new stop markers at certain stations [21.135 & 21.136].

[21.134] Car Stop Marker.
Area: Warwick   Usage: Low   Status: Current
[21.135] Stop Marker applicable to loco-hauled trains.
Area: Chiltern Railways   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.136] Stop Marker applicable to loco-hauled trains.
Area: Chiltern Railways   Usage: Low   Status: Current

In 2011, an advance stopping point marker comprising a triangular board with an exclamation mark [21.137] was provided 158 metres on the approach to new signal UR139 on the Down Main line at West Ham. This board indicates the position at which trains should come to a stand when signal UR139 is at 'danger', to avoid electric trains stopping inside the nearby overhead neutral section. A telephone is provided at the board to allow drivers to communicate with the signalman.

[21.137] Advance Stopping Point Marker.
Area: West Ham   Usage: Low   Status: Uncertain

Between Surbiton and Woking in 2011, South West Trains (in conjunction with Network Rail Wessex Route) was trialling different designs of car stop markers that would stand out more clearly against other platform signage. There were two designs, one with a five-sided shape specifically for 10 and 12-car trains [21.138] and an octagonal one for all other formations [21.139].

[21.138] Car Stop Marker (e.g. applies to the line on the right).
Area: Surbiton - Woking   Usage: Medium   Status: Historical
[21.139] Car Stop Marker. Click Here for Photo
Area: Surbiton - Woking   Usage: Medium   Status: Historical

Following the introduction of Class 380 'Desiro' electric multiple units on the Ayrshire Coast Line, special stop markers were provided on the approach to certain stop signals [21.140]. Stopping a Class 380 at this sign ensures that the train's pantograph does not come to rest too close to any nearby booster transformer or neutral section.

[21.140] Class 380 Stop Marker.
Area: Ayrshire Coast Line   Usage: Medium   Status: Current

Special stop markers bearing a letter "X" [21.141] were installed at the north end of Norwood Junction station in 2011. These signs apply only to 8-car Class 171 'Turbostar' diesel multiple units shunting out of Selhurst Depot. Stopping at this marker ensures that the train is accommodated within the platform before the driver changes ends.

[21.141] Class 171 Stop Marker.
Area: Norwood Junction   Usage: Low   Status: Current

Where a platform has multiple stopping positions for trains of different lengths, there is a risk that a driver may stop the train at the wrong car stop marker. In some instances, the risk can be eliminated by defining a common stopping point for all trains. Where this is not practicable or desirable, other measures can be put in place. From 2012, special signage was provided at certain stations, designed to help drivers stop their trains at the correct position along the platform. The car stop markers are uniquely coloured according to train length [21.142]. There may also be a sign underneath, with an arrow showing on which side of the train the doors must be released and encouraging the driver to pause before doing so [21.143]. At the start of each platform concerned, there is a preliminary sign prompting the driver to check the formation of the train and showing which colour of stop marker to look out for [21.144].

[21.142] Car Stop Markers (e.g. 3 and 6 car).
Area: Various   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.143] Car Stop Marker with Door Release Reminder Sign (e.g. 4 car).
Area: Various   Usage: Low   Status: Current
[21.144] "Check" Sign (e.g. 4 / 8 / 12 car).
Area: Various   Usage: Medium   Status: Current

From c.2012, new car stop markers were provided at stations on the West Coast Main Line. The legend at the top of each board denotes the applicable class of train, which in most cases is either "Class 22x" or "Class 390" for Class 220/221 'Voyager' or Class 390 'Pendolino' trains, respectively [21.145]. No Train Operating Company name is specified. A 'precision' stop marker is suffixed with the letter "X" and also bears the word "precision" [21.146]. Where Selective Door Operation applies, the board has a blue background and the letters "SDO" are added [21.147]. Where necessary, separate stop markers are installed for Class 390 trains hauled by Class 57 diesel locomotives [21.148].

[21.145] Car Stop Marker (e.g. applicable to Class 22X trains).
Area: West Coast Main Line   Usage: High   Status: Current
[21.146] Precision Car Stop Marker (e.g. applicable to Class 390 trains).
Area: West Coast Main Line   Usage: Low   Status: Current
[21.147] Car Stop Marker / SDO Board (e.g. applicable to Class 390 trains).
Area: West Coast Main Line   Usage: Low   Status: Current
[21.148] Stop Marker applicable to loco-hauled Class 390 trains.
Area: West Coast Main Line   Usage: Low   Status: Current

In 2012, a sign displaying a letter "P" [21.149] was installed at the south end of Platform 2 at Oxford station. This sign is folded shut when not in use. When the sign is opened and providing the platform line is clear throughout, drivers must ignore the usual stop marker applicable to their train and must instead stop at the "VT 8/10" car stop marker at the north end of the platform.

[21.149] "P" Sign.
Area: Oxford   Usage: Low   Status: Current

A stop marker bearing the legend "4W car stop" [21.150] was installed at Platform 1A at Bedford station in 2014. This marker applies to 4-car electric multiple units that require to use the carriage wash facility.

[21.150] "W" Car Stop Marker.
Area: Bedford   Usage: Low   Status: Current

From 2015, stop markers were provided at stations on the Govia Thameslink Railway network in connection with the introduction of new Class 700 electric multiple units. These are fixed length units, formed of either eight or twelve cars. Stop markers applicable to 12-car units bear the letters "FLU" for 'full length unit' [21.151] while those applicable to 8-car units have "RLU" for 'reduced length unit' [21.152]. Stop markers applicable to both full length and reduced length units bear the word "all" [21.153]. Where Selective Door Operation applies, the letters "SDO" appear on the marker's upper edges [21.154 & 21.155]. A stop marker with an additional "T" sign underneath indicates the stopping position for services that will turn back [21.156 & 21.157].

[21.151] Class 700 Stop Marker for Full Length Units.
Area: Govia Thameslink Railway   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.152] Class 700 Stop Marker for Reduced Length Units.
Area: Govia Thameslink Railway   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.153] Class 700 Stop Marker for All Units.
Area: Govia Thameslink Railway   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.154] Class 700 Stop Marker for Full Length Units / SDO Board.
Area: Govia Thameslink Railway   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.155] Class 700 Stop Marker for All Units / SDO Board.
Area: Govia Thameslink Railway   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.156] Class 700 Stop Marker for services turning back (e.g. Full Length Units).
Area: Govia Thameslink Railway   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.157] Class 700 Stop Marker for services turning back (Reduced Length Units).
Area: Govia Thameslink Railway   Usage: Low   Status: Current