Transport-Watch March 2012
News about the
revised bus arrangements at Paddington was received just too late for inclusion
in last month’s column. Eastbourne Terrace, alongside Platform 1 closed on the
12th February to enable the new Crossrail Station to be built. Buses will use
Westbourne Terrace and
fare for travelling on Transport for
We all know how distressing it can be when the Tube breaks down and minutes delay can seem like hours. Getting the Tube restarted is not helped when the engineers trying to reach the incident are themselves delayed by the chaotic travel on the roads above ground but now, with the Olympics very much in mind, permission has been given to attach blue lights similar to those used by ambulances and police cars to enable repair vehicles to make more rapid progress to the scene.
to Gary Jones, a driver with London United.
TfL have announced plans to issue a credit card size card to alert staff to the fact that the passenger may need support and may have invisible disabilities. This say TfL should boost their confidence in approaching staff. The card is being introduced following discussions with disability charities and support groups and is part of a £6.5 billion investment in infrastructure improvement. 166 TfL stations have been refurbished since 2008 and 15 more stations made step free. The TfL press release did not state whether the £6.5 billion included the cost of abandoning and removing the lift installation at Greenford Station, one of the highest in the Borough and one with several bus routes feeding into it.
Thanks to pressure from Ealing Council, EPTUG and other local action groups, Ealing Broadway should be getting a lift in advance of the wider station improvement programme. It is one of 8 stations listed on the TfL “plan to do” list. The lift will access the main platform area, (platform 4) but not the busy westbound platform 3 or the frequently used District Line platform on the station’s north side. By mid 2016 new trains should be operating on the District Line with, we are advised, better access for wheelchair and other less mobile passengers. In the meantime we have again asked that grab handles be fitted to the existing rolling stock enabling easier access when platform levels are lower than the train.
replacing the canopies at the lightly used
By contrast to
the lack of rail service in the north of the Borough, South West Trains are
extending trains serving Brentford to 10 coaches and adding additional peak
services. The additional services will use the former Eurostar platform 20 at
night bus service N207 are complaining that they are increasingly being
verbally abused by passengers unable to board the overcrowded buses but London
Buses show no willingness to increase the frequency. The problem is
particularly bad at the