Transport Watch – November 2012
It may be hard to believe that Christmas is almost upon us, even though the shops have been trying to tell so us for weeks. But for the rail industry, planning for Christmas starts a year or more in advance. Passenger numbers fall dramatically over the Christmas and New Year period and it is an ideal chance for major engineering projects to make headway. This year is no exception and this year the line from Paddington through Ealing comes in for major attention by the Crossrail engineers. They plan to construct a “dive under” between Ealing and Acton to allow Crossrail trains to run unimpeded by the heavier, slow moving freight trains crossing to the Acton Yard and to Willesden Junction which will remain at ground level. To do this they must first move the existing lines and overhead wires to one side so that excavating the “dive under” can start.
The impact on local services will
be enormous with Acton Mainline,
FGW have also agreed to come along to a meeting arranged by EPTUG on Monday 26th November at Christ Church Hall in New Broadway, W5 at 7.00pm where there will be chance to speak directly to their local management and to collect one of the brochures mentioned. It is hoped that representatives from Crossrail will also be there ready to talk about the new railway which is, so far, on schedule and on budget. Admission to the meeting is free but non members may wish to make a small donation towards the cost of the meeting. The annual general meeting of EPTUG will follow the open meeting.
Bus Users UK is a very active
organisation looking after bus users outside
Passengers generally welcome new
trains and buses and we eagerly await news of new vehicles coming to the
services we use, but on the 13th January next year steam trains and Victorian
slam door carriages return to the London Underground. It is all part of TfL’s
plan to mark the 150th anniversary of the World’s first underground railway.
During the year a wide ranging list of events is planned, ranging from posters
and exhibitions to the issue of a special Oyster Card and a new £2 coin
entering circulation. Some of the events
will be held at London Transport’s overflow museum store at
If you are over 60 and resident
Crossrail’s progress suffered a
minor blip on the morning of September 27th when a giant hopper at the
Ealing Fields Residents Association have joined forces with EPTUG to petition Heathrow Connect to lower fares and so attract more Heathrow Passengers and baggage away from the overcrowded Piccadilly Line trains.
What’s in a name? A lot say
developers and others who would like to rename South Acton to “