ISSUE: Turnham Green Tube
Safety not Convenience
This article was written by a member of this site who is a regular tube user:-
The fact that some over-paid middle-class commuters from Turnham Green are whining that their journey is a bit longer every day than it should be is not worth bothering about.
That's probably a pretty fair reflection of what London Underground think. The realisation of this should bring us to the conclusion that a campaign based on arguments for the convenience of passengers will not succeed. London Underground now call us customers because some highly paid consultant has told them to do so, but that is certainly not the way we are viewed. We are passengers whose desire to get on and off trains delays them getting to their destination as quickly as possible.
The last time this issue really got going it received massive cross party support and was debated in the House of Commons. Thousands of signatures were collected and at the time it looked certain to be successful. It failed because the campaign was dealing with people who are essentially unaccountable for poor service.
The people who run the tube cannot be held accountable if you are late for work but they can certainly be called to account for lapses in safety standards. Turnham Green must be one of the most unsafe stations on the London Underground network. Part of the reason for this lack of safety is the unnecessary crowding on the platform caused by the station only being serviced by the District line.
The following areas are some potential danger points:
With all these risks it is surely a matter of time before we have a really serious incident at Turnham Green. To prevent this the lack of safety at the station should be highlighted at every opportunity. If you witness a near miss write to London Transport, write to the local newspaper, write to your MP, post messages on internet forums including the one on this site. The more incidents that are a matter of public record the stronger the case that can be made to London Transport.