Transport Watch – August 2014
The longer hours of sunlight combined with a fall in the number of commuters using the bus and rail networks makes it an ideal time to carry out essential maintenance work, but this Summer Ealing seems to be particularly badly affected by the disruption.
On the Central Line, Bond Street is now open but work
continues on the Jubilee Line taking away the interchange opportunity.
Meanwhile on the Piccadilly Line, Gloucester Road Station remains closed and a
much restricted service applies at Covent Garden Station. Elsewhere on the
Piccadilly Line there is no service between
Passengers using the trains into Paddington might also be inconvenienced for there is no access to the Bakerloo Line at Paddington (though returning passengers will find the “up” escalator is still working.
It is well worth checking the excellent TfL Journey Planner website before setting off on any journey even those you have made countless times before because it is not only the trains that are disrupted but other traffic too. Work on the Hammersmith Flyover finished ahead of schedule but work at the Hogarth Roundabout continues. Elsewhere the complete closure of Putney Bridge will disrupt any journeys to that part the Capital but even greater pre-planning will be needed on the 9th and 10th of August when many roads and bridges will be closed in Central and South West London in order to facilitate the Prudential Bike Ride.
The full closure of
But for passengers in Southall a yet greater change to
travel patterns will arise as Southall Broadway will be closed westbound and
will remain so until Christmas. A total of 11 bus routes will be affected by the
work - the 207, one of
The 607 westbound will also be diverted via the White Hart but will then follow the 140 route to the “Grapes”
On the return journey the 427 and 607 will follow their normal route via the Broadway but several of the stops will be out of use or in a different place. All the other routes crossing Southall will be disrupted, and probably delayed too. Several stops have been closed or moved.
Informed sources say that Hanwell Station will get lifts to
both platforms following intense discussions between Crossrail, Ealing Council
and English Heritage. Brunel’s railway linking
There will be a chance to hear more about Crossrail on
August 12th when John Goldsmith will give an illustrated talk to
members of EPTUG. The meeting is at Christchurch Hall in New Broadway W5 and
starts at 7.00pm. Admission is free to EPTUG members. Non-members are invited
to make a small donation. Since we last heard from Crossrail the extension to
Are London Buses keeping you in the dark? - at least whilst you are waiting for a bus on a dark winter’s evening? Though Summertime is not the best time to spot bus shelters with faulty or missing lights do let EPTUG know so they can take up the matter. We need to know the the location and the unique number for the stop which appears on the bus stop pole.
Finally a reminder that the special steam-hauled trains from Northfield to the City and back run tomorrow, (Sat 2nd) at 8.24 and again the following Saturday. All tickets have been pre-sold.