No Work Taking Place at Chiswick Park Station
Passengers being inconvenienced for no apparent reason
Passengers using Chiswick Park tube station have been stunned to be told that no work has been done since the westbound platform of the station has been shut.
Station staff have confirmed the impression that regular users of the station have had that no workmen have actually been on site when the platform has been closed making the disruption caused so far completely unnecessary.
Transport for London have not yet responded to complaints about the situation even though the matter was first raised with them over a week ago.
The closure of the westbound platform was due to last until Tuesday 14th November. The eastbound platform is then scheduled to be closed from Wednesday 15 November until Tuesday 12 December. There has been no indication as to whether this timetable will be changed.
The closures were originally justified as being necessary to allow essential repair work to be carried on on the canopies. New CCTV and help points were also promised and other improvements include an enhanced PA system, better lighting and aids for the partially sited. Disabled access or lifts to the platform are not being provided meaning that there continues to be no tube station in Chiswick that is wheelchair accessible.
There is bound to be scepticism that work will be finished on time given the experience with previous projects. The work at Chiswick Park is being undertaken by Metronet Rail SSL.
Passengers travelling westbound to Chiswick Park are advised to stay on the train and change at Acton Town for eastbound District line services. After 00.18 on Monday to Saturday night and after 23.47 on Sunday night, Passengers are advised to change at Turnham Green for local buses which run all night. Passengers travelling westbound from Chiswick Park are advised to take an eastbound train to Turnham Green and change for an Ealing Broadway service.
From 15 November until Tuesday 12 December, the eastbound platform will be closed. Passengers travelling eastbound to Chiswick Park are advised to stay on the train and change at Turnham Green for an Ealing Broadway service.
Before 05.23 on Monday to Saturday mornings and 06.41 on Sunday mornings, passengers are advised to change at Turnham Green and use local buses which run all night. Passengers travelling eastbound from Chiswick Park are advised to take a westbound train to Acton Town and change for an eastbound service.
During the closures, valid Underground tickets will be accepted on the alternative routes. Passengers should allow up to 15 minutes extra to complete their journeys.
November 4, 2006