Night tube and not going far enough
I READ with interest the positive and glowing news story about the start of the Night Tube in last week’s Uxbridge Gazette.
What has left me disappointed is that you have ignored the key news item in this story for your readers in Uxbridge (and West London) – that there are no plans to run any Night Tube service to the London Borough of Hillingdon (with the exception of the Piccadilly Line to Heathrow (when the Unions eventually allow it to run).
Why is your paper not challenging the fact that West London residents are being excluded from the Night Time economy by TfL, against a back drop of our new Mayor, being a Mayor for all Londoners?
The Met/Piccadilly line will not run on the Uxbridge branch until signals are upgraded in 2020/2 (how do trains run now?).
The Central Line will only run to White City/Ealing and not on the West Ruislip branch, with TfL’s Night Tube Programme Manager admitting that there is no technical reason for this and that trains could run at launch.
For Hillingdon as a whole, TfL’s explanation is that demand cannot be measured and hence no economic case can be made, in particular for the Central Line. Our then Mayor and our then and current MP has accepted this. When will our MP begin to challenge this, now that the Night Tube is no longer a mayoral vanity project (or perhaps its legacy is)?
Where is the public service ethos for all Londoners? JOHN HEGARTY Dartmouth Road, Ruislip