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 Rayners Lane and Uxbridge. Buses also replace trains on the Metropolitan Line between Harrow and Uxbridge.

 

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 Popes Lane in Acton will adversely affect both the E3 and the N11. Work was due to commence on the 28th July and is expected to last 4 weeks during which time buses heading towards Ealing and Greenford divert via Gunnersbury Avenue, the A4 Great West Road, Ealing Road and South Ealing Road. Buses running in the opposite direction will be diverted along the same general route. To further complicate your travel plans Popes Lane is planned to be closed eastbound only for about 11 weeks from early August.

 

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 London’s busiest, being one of them. The 207 will terminate at Southall Park and not the Hayes By Pass. The 427 which runs on to Uxbridge will divert via Lady Margaret Road, Ruislip Road and the Hayes By-Pass. Alarmingly TfL say the buses will not stop anywhere along the diversion, something which EPTUG is fighting to resolve.

 

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 London to Bristol and with shipping links to the Americas was an important milestone in the way people around the world travelled and although the line was not Britain’s first line it still contains many of its original features. World heritage advisors are keen to wrap the station in cellophane and leave it exactly as Brunel designed but others see the monument as an essential part in their daily travel. Perhaps now all parties will be happy with the outcome.

 

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 Reading has been announced and more details about the work at the Borough’s 5 stations have been made known. If you have a specific question to ask Crossrail do please email it to info@eptug.org before the meeting.

 

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.