Transport Watch - July 2011
BUS ROUTE 427 EXTENSION TO
It was reported in The Gazette in January
that the terminal point for bus route 427 in
EPTUG has taken this up with Transport for
If a driver still tries to put passengers
EXTRA CAPACITY ON FIRST GREAT WESTERN TRAINS TO PADDINGTON.
For a considerable time, EPTUG has been pressing for additional capacity on trains from stations in the Borough to Paddington, to relieve the excessive overcrowding on the First Great Western line. It culminated in a deputation meeting with the Transport Minister and other officials a few months ago.
Informed sources tell us that there will be
improvements in the capacity offered from local stations to Paddington before
the commencement of Crossrail, though at the present time no date has been made
for their introduction. It would appear that First Great Western are to hire some available trains to replace those on other
services which will be cascaded down to the
GREENFORD LINE CLOSURE TO HELP CHILTERN
Chiltern Railways is upgrading its track
from Marylebone through to Banbury to allow train speeds of up to 100 mph.
Extensive track laying and changing of the geometry of junctions will take
place over two weeks starting on 13 August.
This will entail the effective closing of Marylebone Station as the
terminus and the main-line
EALING BROADWAY INTERCHANGE
When Crossrail opens, it is expected that passengers using the main line will double. At many places, like Ealing Broadway, the station is already at capacity, so Crossrail is proposing to enlarge the station (and put in lifts).
But current proposals mean that (to save
money) there will be no escalators and nothing will be done to improve the
interchange between the trains and buses, cars or taxis. Crossrail's direct
connections to the City of
Save Ealing's Centre (an alliance of community groups which want to see improvements in the centre of Ealing) has launched a petition which you might wish to sign.
You can sign on-line at www.saveealingscentre.com
or write to SEC, 28 The Grove, Ealing W5 5LH
or phone 020 8144 4874.