RE: the article on the reduction of trains to Uxbridge during the rush hour (Met line service cut at peak times, Gazette, November 2).
Contrary to the posters displayed at stations saying that increased demand is recognised and a better service is being put in place as a result, I checked the previous timetable for my journey home with that for December 12, when the new timetable came into effect. It makes interesting reading.
From Baker Street to Uxbridge in the window between 1700 and 1725, last week I had the choice, according to the Transport for London journey planner, of a train at 1705, 1710, 1713, 1715, 1718, 1721, 1724.
Some of these journeys are by catching a fast Amersham or Watford train, which will overtake a slow Uxbridge service and enable you to pick the Uxbridge train up at Harrow on the Hill.
On December 12, the choices between the same window of time are 1709, 1714, 1719 – three possibilities instead of seven.
Add that to the fact that the new trains have less seating, then the result is likely to be a very crowded journey standing all the way.
I really can’t see how this can be justified.