Councillors Start Piccadilly Line Talks With TfL

Meeting 'very fruitful' with residents and transport advisors present

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Local Liberal Democrat Councillors were joined by Chiswick resident Gilbert Short at a meeting with two senior transport advisors from Transport for London this week.

The meeting came after the request by Lib Dem Leader Councillor Gary Malcolm and Caroline Pidgeon, Greater London Assembly Member, who want to see the Piccadilly Line tube stop permanently at Turnham Green.

The items discussed at the meeting included:

  • Extending or trialling extensions to the current early and late stopping service at Turnham Green
  • The possibility of introducing a Sunday service
  • Signage and announcements at Turnham Green tube station
  • Replacing the Baron’s Court stop with Turnham Green on the Piccadilly Line
  • Signalling of the Piccadilly and District lines

Councillor Gary Malcolm said, “The meeting was very fruitful and was helped having both residents and the top transport advisors present who could make things happen. We have agreed to meet again to discuss the issues in more detail.

"One area where we believe ground can be made is that Transport for London’s assumptions are based up on Department for Transport’s advice which may allow for changes in their policy.”

Councillor Harvey Rose added, "Having lived in the area for 30 years my impression is that Turnham Green has become increasingly used and sometimes the platforms are dangerously crowded. By contrast Barons Court is being used less frequently so a swap seems a good idea."

August 1, 2010