Build­ing work means fewer spots to park

Con­cerns con­struc­tion of sig­nal room at Amersham Sta­tion will make ‘park­ing prob­lem’ worse

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - JASMINE RAPSON jasmine.rapson@trin­i­tymir­ Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter

MA­JOR Lon­don Un­der­ground im­prove­ment scheme is ex­pand­ing to Amersham – with a new sig­nal room, up to 30-me­tres long, set to be built near the sta­tion.

Bucks com­muters are ex­pected to ex­pe­ri­ence fewer de­lays and quicker jour­ney times fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of Amersham’s sec­tion of the Four Lines Moderni­sa­tion scheme.

Lon­don Un­der­ground is in the mid­dle of a ma­jor over­haul of the Cir­cle, Dis­trict, Ham­mer­smith & City and Met­ro­pol­i­tan lines in a bid to in­crease train ca­pac­ity and run a more re­li­able ser­vice.

Work on the new sig­nal room in Rec­tory Hill will start next month, with the dozens of park­ing spa­ces along the road due to be out of use while the con­struc­tion takes place.

Speak­ing at a meet­ing of Amersham Town Coun­cil (ATC) on Mon­day, Septem­ber 17, Lon­don Un­der­ground’s David Watkins said: “We do take a num­ber of park­ing bays.

“There are ap­prox­i­mately 30 park­ing bays ex­tended along the east side of Rec­tory Hill in or­der for us to safely man­age our lo­gis­tics.

“We have as best we can, been talk­ing with the coun­cil, know­ing what’s go­ing on, I know it is a big is­sue tak­ing away park­ing. But we have tried to co-ordi-

Anate best we can with the new multi-storey car park.”

Amersham Town Coun­cil­lors raises con­cerns the town’s “park­ing prob­lem” will be ex­ac­er­bated by the tem­po­rary re­moval of the spa­ces, as the new mul­ti­storey in King Ge­orge V Street will not be opened un­til Novem­ber.

How­ever Mr Watkins said it is ex­pected the spa­ces will be back in use once the con­struc­tion of the sig­nal room is com­pleted in the spring.

He also ad­mit­ted the new scheme would be of “less ben­e­fit” to Amersham com­muters than those in Lon­don, as fewer trains travel to the out­skirts of the city.

How­ever he re­mained con­fi­dent the new fleet of trains in­tro­duced as part of the scheme will al­low space for more com­muters and the new sig­nalling sys­tem will pro­vide a “more re­li­able” ser­vice.

Mr Watkins added: “The ex­ist­ing sys­tem its life has ex­pired, so the new sys­tem is more re­li­able.

“It ul­ti­mately leans on to ATC which is au­to­matic train con­trol, so there is the pro­vi­sion ul­ti­mately for trains that won’t have drivers, like Dock­lands Rail.

“The sys­tem is ro­bust, it’s tried, it’s tested. The re­li­a­bil­ity will go up.”

How­ever coun­cil­lor for Amersham on the Hill, Nigel Shep­herd, branded the sys­tem “overkill” for Amersham as four trains an hour leave the sta­tion.

Ap­prox­i­mately 30 park­ing spa­ces will be lost dur­ing con­struc­tion

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