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Section 21: Stopping Markers

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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

A stop marker that applies to Class 700 units may be set against a square background with black and yellow diagonal stripes [21.158].

[21.158] Class 700 Stop Marker (e.g. for all units).
Area: Govia Thameslink Railway   Usage: Low   Status: Current

Although a car stop marker bearing a letter "S" usually applies to all trains, in some instances a supplementary plate may be provided to indicate that it does not apply to trains of a specific length or class [21.159].

[21.159] "S" Car Stop Marker with Exception Plate (e.g. not applicable to 8-car Class 455 trains).
Area: South West Trains   Usage: Low   Status: Current

From 2017, stop markers for the new Class 80X Intercity Express Trains (IETs) were being provided. These have a white figure on a purple square and a black and yellow diagonally striped surround [21.160]. More than one figure is shown where the stopping positions for trains of different lengths coincide [21.161]. The relevant platform number is specified at the bottom of the sign in each case.

[21.160] IET Stop Marker. Click Here for Photo
Area: Various   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.161] IET Stop Marker.
Area: Various   Usage: Medium   Status: Current

In 2017, Great Western Railway introduced a new style of stop marker applicable to Class 387 'Electrostar' electric multiple units. These have a white figure on a blue roundel and a black and yellow diagonally striped surround [21.162]. More than one figure is shown where the stopping positions for trains of different lengths coincide [21.163]. Where Selective Door Operation applies, the number of cars that may have their doors opened at the platform concerned is indicated underneath [21.164].

[21.162] EMU Stop Marker. Click Here for Photo
Area: Great Western Railway   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.163] EMU Stop Marker. Click Here for Photo
Area: Great Western Railway   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.164] EMU Stop Marker / SDO Board. Click Here for Photo
Area: Great Western Railway   Usage: Medium   Status: Current

Where a platform has alternative stopping positions for trains of different lengths, there may be a sign at the start of the platform, prompting drivers to check the formation of their train. The sign contains the image of a car stop marker that has a question mark in place of the number of cars, along with the text "check formation!" [21.165].

[21.165] "Check Formation" Sign.
Area: South Western Railway   Usage: Low   Status: Uncertain

A car stop marker bearing the letters "ZZ" [21.166] applies to sleeper trains.

[21.166] "ZZ" Car Stop Marker.
Area: Caledonian Sleeper   Usage: Medium   Status: Current

From 2018, stop markers for the new Class 717 electric multiple units were being provided at Great Northern stations. These bear the number "717" in white on a black background [21.167].

[21.167] Class 717 Stop Marker.
Area: Great Northern   Usage: Medium   Status: Current

The stop markers introduced by London North Eastern Railway from 2018 for their Class 80X Intercity Express Trains have a similar appearance to those previously installed for this type of train (see [21.160 & 21.161]), but more information is displayed. The legend "Class 80x" appears at the top of each sign, and a letter "L" or "R" in the appropriate bottom corner indicates on which side of the train the doors must be released [21.168]. A stop marker that applies to all lengths of Class 80X trains bears the word "all" [21.169] instead of the usual letter "S".

[21.168] IET Stop Marker (e.g. platform on left-hand side).
Area: London North Eastern Railway   Usage: Medium   Status: Current
[21.169] IET Stop Marker (e.g. platform on right-hand side).
Area: London North Eastern Railway   Usage: Medium   Status: Current