Transport Watch – January 2010
Bus and train fares in
Good reason therefore to ensure residents over 60 don’t lose out on renewing their passes for this year. All passes will expire on the 31st March. Renewing them starts this week for surnames beginning with the letters “A” to “E”, followed on the 18th January by letters “F” to “J”. This year a new style pass is being issued to reflect the wider usage holders enjoy and this means obtaining two passport style photos and a form from any Post Office. Issuing the new style passes will not be instant but take up to 10 days so do allow good time for this. Holders of “Blind” or “Disabled” passes are being issued separately, (and the social services or www.ealing.gov have details). The final batch of names, those beginning “P” to “Z” should apply during the first week of February but if anyone misses their week they must wait until the 8th to 13th February.
Chiswick travellers will see some changes
this month. Route H91 changes to a double deck operation and will no longer
"When you cross
across a road, cross across a crossing".
Good advice but sometimes crossings are not always well sited for passengers in
a hurry, and the crossings outside Northolt Station and Acton Town Stations are
being carefully studied by officers from Ealing Council and TfL as part of an
overall review of crossings and busy junctions across Ealing. Pressure by local
residents and by parents has ensured that the Lido Junction in West Ealing and
the crossing outside
Ealing Council have also been busy
listening to EPTUG and residents and have presented London Buses with a list of
10 gaps and unmet links in the borough’s bus services. These include a North
Greenford to Ealing link, improved access to
Acton Mainline, Hanwell and West Ealing
will all get a seven day a week service once Crossrail commences operations in
2017, and say Crossrail, it is Rail for
Passengers who rely upon the London Overground service between Richmond and Stratford face weeks of misery between mid February and the end of May when the closure of the line from Gospel Oak to Stratford to enable engineering work to continue in readiness for the Olympics and the extension of the line through the City and New Cross becomes a 7 day a week closure. Many trains will terminate at Willesden and a revised timetable will apply.
The Circle Line that is not a Circle still
continues to confuse and passengers waiting at Paddington for a Circle Line
Another Christmas has passed and once again
overworked transport staff have been able to enjoy a
much deserved day off work with their families. But spare a thought for the
teams of rail engineers who used the closure of
Work at Paddington to improve the suburban side of the station is progressing well and Network Rail are convinced the end result will please the passengers who are being inconvenienced now by the work in progress. But there is more work to come. Later this year a new facility for taxis will be provided to enable new subterranean platform for use by Crossrail trains to be provided alongside Platform 1.