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Section 21: Stopping Markers

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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

From 2017, stop markers for the new Class 80X Intercity Express Programme (IEP) trains were being provided. These have a white figure on a purple background and a black and yellow diagonally striped surround [21.158]. More than one figure is shown where the stopping positions for trains of different lengths coincide [21.159]. A stop marker that is applicable to trains of all lengths bears the letter "S" [21.160]. The relevant platform number is specified at the bottom of the sign in each case.

[21.158] IEP Stop Marker.
Area: Various   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.159] IEP Stop Marker.
Area: Various   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.160] IEP Stop Marker.
Area: Various   Usage: Medium   Status: Current