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Lib Dems call for Turnham Green upgrade to happen sooner

Mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon and local Lib Dem activists have started a petition for Piccadilly Line trains to stop at Turnham Green all day

Caroline Pidgeon and Ealing Liberal Democrat supporters are campaigning to have Piccadilly Line trains stop at Turnham Green all day.

Liberal Democrats gathered outside Turnham Green Tube station at the weekend to demand better services, sooner.

Local party activists joined Lib Dem councillors and the party’s candidate for London Mayor, Caroline Pidgeon, in calling for the Piccadilly Line to stop at the station all day.

The station currently receives an all-day service from the District Line but Piccadilly Line trains only stop there in the early morning and late at night.

Ealing Lib Dem leader and Southfields ward councillor, Gary Malcolm, explained that the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson , had promised to commence the necessary signalling works to expand Turnham Green’s use by 2018, following a petition.

But he added: “Recently Boris decided to put this back to 2022.

"Turnham Green station is an important local hub for people to get to work. Linking in with Heathrow it is crucial that Transport for London (TfL) prioritise the signalling improvements so that the Piccadilly Line tube stops locally.

“This would reduce the congestion and people can get to and from work quicker.”

Cllr Gary Malcolm with Lib Dem supporter Joyce Onstad

Ms Pidgeon said: “I have visited Southfield many times over the past 10 years and there clearly needs to be improvements made to the Piccadilly line.

"An all-day service is essential for this busy Tube line going to and from Heathrow as well as more trains. London Liberal Democrats believe that TfL needs to improve the signaling as soon as possible so this can happen.”

Ms Pidgeon was recently in Hounslow to launch her plan for a congestion zone around Heathrow Airport to cut pollution on the roads.

The campaigners braved the rain to collect signatures from residents in The Avenue, W4, and have set up an online petition .

A spokesman for the Mayor of London said: “The mayor guaranteed that trains will stop at Turnham Green when the Piccadilly Line is upgraded, and this is on track to be delivered as scheduled.

"It will bring a huge benefit to passengers, with an increase in capacity by 60%. Passengers will also benefit from delivery of the first new trains on the Piccadilly line from the early 2020s.

“TfL’s business plan in 2014 set out that the new trains would stop in the early 2020s and all trains would stop in mid 2020s. This remains the case.”

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