A CONSULTATION is under way to gauge support for proposals which could see Piccadilly line trains stopping at Turnham Green during the day.
It follows calls from Conservative Brentford and Isleworth MP Mary Macleod and Labour Greater London Authority member Murad Qureshi to Transport for London (TfL) to give Chiswick better transport links.
The MP and her team celebrated the launch of the consultation last Tuesday by handing out leaflets outside the station during the early morning rush hour, and telling commuters how to have their say.
Chiswick’s main Tube station is currently served only by the District line during the middle of the day, with Piccadilly line trains stopping only until 6:50am and then after 10:30pm. Tubes travel 4.4km between Hammersmith and Acton Town, passing through Turnham Green.
Ms Macleod, said: "I would encourage everyone to sign the petition and get in touch with TfL. I absolutely believe that this change is achievable and will both improve the lives of local people and invigorate businesses."
Writing in her online column for the Chronicle Ms Macleod takes the opportunity to hit
out at TfL for insisting on including a question suggesting such a change would have an adverse affect on the rest of the service.
She writes: "In Question 8 of the consultation, TfL asks residents if they would like the Piccadilly line to stop at Turnham Green more often even if it meant 'a reduction in service elsewhere on the line; longer journey times for customers passing through Turnham Green station; and a less reliable service for all passengers on the line?'. This question is hardly unbiased.
"I believe that, for the majority of Piccadilly line passengers, making an extra stop at Turnham Green would not be an issue – in fact I doubt many would notice the difference."
She is also encouraging people to sign her online petition encouraging the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to push through the change.
Hounslow Chamber of Commerce is also inviting its members to get involved in the consultation.
To comment on TfL’s consultation, go to tfl.gov.uk/piccadillyline
To sign Mary Macleod’s petition, search change.org for: Piccadilly line