Transport Watch – October 2009
Support for the plan to move local buses off Haven Green and into a purpose built bus station over the platforms of Ealing Broadway Station received a welcome boost at the recent EPTUG public meeting when all three parties represented on the Council as well as the Greens confirmed that they would include the plan in their election manifestos. Almost 18 million passengers use the station every year and this number is set to rocket when Crossrail and electrified GW services start within 10 years.
The chronic overcrowding on First Great Western’s services which often results in passengers being left behind at West Ealing and Southall stations is likely to continue until 2017 when the line is electrified unless Ealing Southall MP, Virenda Sharma, can persuade the Secretary of State for Transport to reverse a recent decision to cancel the order for new rains for Inner Thames Valley services. Prompted by EPTUG Virenda Sharma has drafted a question for the Department for Transport which is expected to be answered later in October. Ealing North MP Steve Pound has also pledged his support for the provision of extra trains. Steve Pound recently met a delegation from EPTUG at the House of Commons discussing with them various local transport issues.
London Buses will not withdraw the recently introduced double deck vehicles from the E2 route and replace them with single deck vehicles even though complaints about noise, vibration and damage to the road continues. Complaints about the reduction in service frequency following the change to the larger vehicle have also been dismissed.
After long delays, west
Network Rail still plan to terminate the
Greenford Branch Line service at West Ealing in order to accommodate extra
London Buses have expressed delight at the number of people using the new bus route into the Wood End Estate. That delight is more than matched by the areas residents who have fought hard and long for a service into the area.
Crossrail Ltd has joined the Employers’ Forum on Disability’s (EFD) gold group. The company has already confirmed that when its stations are rebuilt they will be fully compliant with disabled access laws.
The Mayor of London is expected to scrap
plans to buy more environment friendly hybrid buses for use on
The London Bus already costs more than its
provincial cousin largely due to TfL’s unique
specifications. These are said to add £13,500 to the cost of a single deck
vehicle and £18,900 to that of a double deck vehicle yet feedback to EPTUG from
users of buses outside
many older users of buses will recall the simple expedient of opening a window which was quite effective.
Outer London should have more orbital
routes and more limited stop express routes, states the recent Outer London
Commission’s Report, and services to Heathrow should be improved it concludes.
So how can we in west
Crossrail plan to operate 24 trains an hour
to stations east of Paddington but only 10 of these will operate west of