Transport Watch – February 2010
A huge disappointment was the kindest way of describing how the delegation from Ealing Passenger Transport Users Group felt when, having arrived at the House of Commons to meet the Transport Minister, Chris Mole, on Monday they were told that the meeting could not take place. The EPTUG team had waited many weeks for the meeting arranged by Southall MP Virenda Sharma but on arriving at the House they were told that through unforeseen events Virenda could not be present and in accordance with parliamentary protocol the meeting could not therefore take place.
Had the meeting gone ahead the Minister would have been told that the overcrowding on FGW’s services into and out of Paddington was totally unacceptable and the decision to cancel the allocation of 40 extra vehicles to serve local needs showed contempt for Ealing Borough’s commuters. The promise, made in the Summer of 2009, was for 40 extra vehicles to be delivered in 2011 but this was retracted a few weeks later when the decision to electrify the line in 2017 was announced. EPTUG’s representatives were planning to tell the Minister that the notion of waiting until 2017 for more capacity was not an option. Relief was needed now.
EPTUG is now trying to have the meeting
re-arranged without delay for unless the order can be re-instated by mid March
no decision will be made until after the election. There is a delivery time of
around two years between placing the order and the building, delivery and
testing of new rolling stock making 2013 the earliest date for their
introduction into service. In the meantime the provision of 1300 homes already under
Perhaps users of the overcrowded line would care to send their comments and their stories about travel on the new misery line to the Gazette.
If you have not applied to renew your
Incidentally TfL said allow 10 working days to process the application but already delays are setting in. You can of course follow the progress of your renewal if you have access to a computer, or if you are one of those who think that “email” is Yorkshire for, “the postmans just put letters through the door”, simply ask a youngster to look it up for you.
The possibility of Ealing getting a long
overdue bus/train interchange at Ealing Broadway took a minor step forward at
the recent Crossrail Scrutiny Committee meeting when councillors joined the
packed public gallery in telling representatives from TfL and National Rail
that nothing less than a traffic free interchange was required. It also
transpired that Transport for
Ealing Passenger Transport Users Group has
been asked to join a combined London Borough of Harrow and L B of Brent
initiative to provide better bus links to and from
London Buses are asking for your comments on one or two local bus routes. They are the 224, and the PR2. Though suggestions are needed by early March any changes will not come into effect until October 2011, (Route 224), or March 2012, (Route PR2). Comments are also required in respect of the “schools” service, 696, though it will be 2012 before any change adopted will be introduced. If you do have comments to make please drop a line to EPTUG’s bus route expert, John Gashion at EPTUG, 3 Gordon Road, W5 2AD.
The lack of time to consider and report back on ways to improve bus routes has been a bone of contention for some time so it has come as a pleasant surprise to be told that we might be asked for comments on two important Ealing routes in advance. The two routes where advance notice has been given are the 27 and the E10 so please, if you have comments on either of these services please drop us a line as soon as you can.
The wheels of railway planning move very
slowly but when they do start to roll they move with power and certainty. The
Chiltern Line passing through Northolt and the
Should teenagers pay a nominal 20p or 50p
fare when travelling on
020 8998 0999.