Transport Watch JULY 2012
was the month of the Jubilee and all the celebrations allied to it, then July
will be the month of the Olympics. They start at the end of the month and
continue into August, followed by a short respite and then the Paralympics. Transport
companies have been planning ahead for the events for more than a year so let’s
events will also be held at other venues including Wembley and Taplow and many
busy roads including the A4 and A40 will have lanes closed and bus lanes
suspended even at the busiest times. The Olympics, the athletes and the
officials will take priority over everything else. Be prepared too for
overcrowded buses and trains as many visitors will extend their visit to the
Olympics to see
delivery of goods will see a modal shift with night time deliveries being
increased, something which might spill over into West
Olympics apart, if you are planning to travel via Paddington and the Hammersmith and City Line do allow yourself a little extra time. The short hop from platforms 13 and 14 to the Underground now involves a longer walk into the main station, then a further walk back towards the taxi rank. A wide ticket barrier and two new staircases at the Underground station helps to spread the congestion but it will be a year at least before the solitary lift planned for the station becomes operational.
and more Ealing residents being treated at Harrow’s
An investment by London Overground in the Marylebone services would be most welcome, though unlikely. Chiltern, the operator, is planning yet more reductions in local services whilst pressing ahead with its long distance services. EPTUG is very concerned about the reduction in services and would like to hear from those affected with a view to calling a meeting. If you would like to be kept informed please leave a message on 020 8998 0999, or by email, email@example.com
Crossrail continues to progress on schedule and, we are told, within budget.
The second tunnelling machine has now joined its sister below ground at
Paddington and the two of them are now progressing steadily. Much of the ground is
being disturbed for the first time whilst some of the station sites have
revealed more of
A minor success for EPTUG who have long campaigned for buses to stop on request when proceeding along diversion routes. London Buses are now trialling this idea on certain routes. They have also been asked why some passengers on route 427 are being asked to leave the bus at the “Morrisons” stop (King St). Although denied by London Buses the on-board announcements often inform passengers that the service terminates there.
The recent news that the elevated section of the M4 will be closed to all traffic between Gunnersbury and Heston once the Olympics are over has been met with dismay and requests for extra buses to be introduced on to routes likely to be affected by the diverted traffic have been made. H91, 65 and 440 are amongst the routes concerned. During the Olympics all four lanes will be re-opened but two of them will be for exclusive use of Olympic Games permit holders.