Today's Busy Station (Or Not?)
Monday 27 February 2023
Potsdamer Platz Persistence (6)
A reminder is appropriate. The "main" lines at Posdamer Platz run north-south and carry four S-Bahn routes ....NO S-BAHN TRAINS. The sign on the fence said so ...at 22.00 to 17 Feb at 2200. Such is Teutonic efficiency that the engineering team knows the work will be finished no later that 2200 - overruns would not be tolerated! And they aren't so they don't.
Why was only one platform physically blocked. This baffled No 3 son and almost baffled fbb. But Potsdamer Platz (S- and R- Bahn station) has FOUR platforms as shown in the photo above; used (reading from left to right) by R-Bahn, R-Bahn, S-Bahn and S-Bahn. So the central island platform served both operators and thus the platform could not be blocked.
The S-Bahn web site explains all (posted here in English).
But for the few who might be just a bit baffled, there were plenty of notices guiding passengers to alternative transport.
This option would not be much use for those arriving "on spec" at Potsdamer Platz as they would need a bus to get to the Ringbahn (and from it) but it would help the partially aware to plan their rides well away from the closure.
Outside on the street, there was plenty of information for the service buses; including departure lists ...How is such luxury possible - shock horror?
No 3 son was impressed with the displays advertising the DB museum at Nurnburg.How is such luxury poissible - shock horror?
Of course, there were helpful electronic displays at every bus stop not just the busy ones!NOT WORKING - Shock Horror!
How is such inefficiency possible - shock horror (again!)? But at least they apologised in English as well as German.
It's quite like being at Seaton Marine Place or Axminster station!
There is not much by way of comparison between Berlin and Bicester (except their initial letter) but we move to Oxfordshire for tomorrow's blog.
Next Bicester Bountiful Bus blog : Tuesday 28th Feb