Transport Watch – November 2010
Crossrail is going ahead and still with a
start date of 2017, but some people still require an assurance that Crossrail
will happen. Perhaps the news that tunnelling work at the Paddington end started
during the last week of August whilst at the other end of the line, at the
London Underground are justifiably proud to announce the commissioning of 10 new lifts at the prestigious Kings Cross and St Pancras Underground Station, but why are they still not looking after the welfare of local Ealing passengers who use local stations? Work on new lifts at Greenford and Osterley Stations was suspended by the Mayor mid way through the installation process in order to save money, a move which many find difficult to understand since cancellation penalties were sure to apply. Perhaps we don’t shout up for our rights loudly enough.
Route 92 linking
One of Ealing’s most popular routes is the
limited stop 607 service which regularly sees passengers letting the “all
stops” service go by in the hope that the 607 will not be far behind. Yet
London Buses steadfastly refuses to extend the concept of limited stop services
to other routes even the long route 18 from central
Over recent weeks volunteers from EPTUG have been handing out survey cards to early morning passengers joining First Great Western’s services towards Padington. Just over 800 cards have been handed out and already more than 230 of them have been completed and returned. Of these nearly a quarter say they can never get a seat on the train, whilst 56%, over half of those replying, say that sometimes they cannot even get on the overcrowded train. A further 24% of passengers replying went further saying they have “frequently” been unable to board the train.
Meanwhile no lesser authority than the
Office of Rail Regulation has thrown its weight into the overcrowding debate by
revealing in a report on capacity that overcrowding on FGW’s
Most of us know what is like “having the builders in” and travellers from the north of the borough using Marylebone Station will certainly have experienced some inconvenience there when using the station. But work is on schedule and should be finished by Christmas. Already the striking new colour scheme is emerging from behind the protective hoardings.
as many readers know does sterling work on behalf of users of public transport
Route 94 linking Acton Green to
The expression, “Better late than never” springs to mind as London Buses now realise that they lose an estimated £550,000 in unpaid fares on bendy bus route 149 whilst the change back to double deck vehicles on route 38 saved £500,000 in unpaid fares. But the expression “Better late than never” comes to mind when we hear that the rebuild of Ealing Broadway Station has been put back to 2018. This news, and details of interim measures being taken was announced to EPTUG members at their meeting held on Tuesday.