Power Cut made worse for Chiswick commuters

LUL fail to stop Piccadilly line trains at Turnham Green when District Line closed

When the District Line closes there is nothing that angers a Chiswick resident more than seeing a train that could take them home speed through Turnham Green station.

The power cut that brought parts of London's transport network to a halt this Thursday shut the fragile District line, but despite previous reassurances, LUL did not introduce a temporary stop on the Piccadilly line at Turnham Green. This left Chiswick residents few options to get home.

One traveller told us, "The sad thing is when I finally did get a Piccadilly line train intending to get off at Acton Town and walk back to Chiswick it crawled through Turnham Green and then stopped altogether a few hundred yards outside the station."

Another tube user described the failure to introduce a stop as "unforgivable" and urged people to complain to LUL by contacting customerservices@thetube.com.

As disruption continued on the District line through Friday morning there were some reports of Piccadilly line trains being stopped eastbound at stations between Acton Town and Hammersmith but it is not clear whether this is being done on an ad hoc basis or if it represents a change of policy.

The issue of Turnham Green was raised again recently during the closure of Hammersmith Flyover. Despite pleas from local residents and Hounslow Council, LUL refused to provide a service to alleviate pressure on local transport infrastructure.

Many residents feel let down as the Mayor promised a thorough review of the Turnham Green issue as soon as he took control of the tube. However, no such review has taken place and the Mayor wrote to Hounslow Council recently ruling out the possibility of a Piccadilly line service.

August 31, 2003

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