MP Raises Turnham Green Tube Issue Again

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Following the publication of images on showing serious rush hour overcrowding at Turnham Green tube station, local MP Mary Macleod has again raised the issue with Transport for London.

After receiving a letter on the issue from Mary Macleod's Westminster office, TfL have now confirmed that they are planning to add an extra Ealing Broadway-bound District Line train to the timetable during the evening rush hour.

The extra train, which will be incorporated into the timetable in December, has become available due to TfL’s cancelling of the Earl’s Court to Olympia shuttle service during weekdays.

In addition to this, Mary is continuing her work to put pressure on TfL for the Piccadilly Line to stop at Turnham Green Tube Station more frequently. The Piccadilly Line currently only stops at Turnham Green during the early morning and late in the evening.

Mary commented: “Whilst I very much welcome the addition of this extra District Line train during the evening rush hour, I would like TfL to look into what can be done to tackle overcrowding at Turnham Green Tube Station during the morning rush hour too. The Eastbound platform is often seemingly dangerously overcrowded, and commuters often have to wait for a number of trains to pass before they can even squeeze on to a train. As a result, I have written to TfL to highlight the issue of platform and train overcrowding at Turnham Green. A solution to this, of course, would be to get the Piccadilly Line to stop routinely at Turnham Green Tube Station.”

London Underground's Managing Director has already made a pledge to relook at the Turnham Green Piccadilly line issue following a meeting in March.

Mr Brown said he would look at the possibility of trains stopping at the station throughout the weekends and earlier in evenings.

May 20, 2011