Night tube and not go­ing far enough

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

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

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