Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by KATY CLIFTON katy.clifton@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Katy_Clifton1

THE Mayor of Lon­don has pledged to in­crease ser­vices to sta­tions across Eal­ing and Hillingdon from next year ahead of the ar­rival of the Elizabeth Line.

On Thurs­day Novem­ber 30, Lon­don As­sem­bly mem­ber Dr Onkar Sa­hota raised the is­sue of in­creased and im­proved ser­vices be­fore the line opens in 2019. The as­sem­bly mem­ber for Eal­ing and Hillingdon sought re­as­sur­ances from the mayor that Cross­rail will bring with it bet­ter ser­vices across his con­stituency.

In a writ­ten ques­tion to Sadiq Khan, he asked if he would re­as­sure com­muters us­ing Hayes & Har­ling­ton, Southall, Han­well, West Eal­ing, Eal­ing Broad­way and Ac­ton Main­line sta­tions.

Dr Sa­hota asked: “Will they too ben­e­fit from in­creased ser­vices at their sta­tions as a re­sult of the ex­tra trains per hour be­ing laid on west of Padding­ton? Will he con­firm to me how many trains will serve each of these sta­tions per hour in both di­rec­tions?”

Re­spond­ing to Dr Sa­hota’s ques­tion, the Mayor out­lined plans to in­crease ser­vices for pas­sen­gers at the sta­tions, say­ing they would ex­pe­ri­ence an “in­creased and im­proved ser­vice”.

Dur­ing Mayor’s Ques­tion Time, he said that Ac­ton Main­line sta­tion would see four trains per hour, Eal­ing Broad­way 12 trains and Han­well six dur­ing peak pe­ri­ods.

The mayor sug­gested cus­tomers trav­el­ling from West Eal­ing, Hayes & Har­ling­ton and Southall can soon ex­pect 10 trains per hour at peak times. Cus­tomers trav­el­ling to Heathrow ter­mi­nals can also ex­pect an im­proved six trains per hour. Speak­ing af­ter the mayor’s pledge, Dr Sa­hota said: “It is vi­tal that res­i­dents across west Lon­don see an im­proved train ser­vice from Cross­rail. I am very pleased the mayor has said that Trans­port for Lon­don is work­ing with Net­work Rail to im­prove the fre­quency of train ser­vices across Eal­ing and Hillingdon. I will con­tinue to work with TfL and the Mayor of Lon­don to make sure that lo­cal’s needs, con­cerns and pri­or­i­ties are heard.”

It is vi­tal that res­i­dents across west Lon­don see an im­proved train ser­vice from Cross­rail Lon­don As­sem­bly mem­ber Dr Onkar


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