Thursday, 15 March 2018

Local Conservatives Urge South Western Railway Timetable Rethink

Cllrs Gareth Elliott and Grant Healy
and local candidate Sophie Lister
South Western Railway (SWR) has been urged to rethink their proposals following a December 2018 timetable consultation.

The consultation put forward a proposed new timetable. The Council has acknowledged SWR’s aim for a more uniform approach to the timetable, stopping patterns and journey times but has raised concerns about the inconvenience the changes will cause to some of the borough’s residents.  

Councillors will outline their concerns at a meeting with SWR in April including:
  • Why many of the additional fast trains are not proposed to stop at Richmond, Twickenham and Whitton
  • The adverse impact on Whitton Station of losing three semi-fast trains when the station has recently undergone significant investment to make it more accessible.
  • Why there is no mention of the impact on level crossings in the borough of having more trains. Additional barrier downtime on the Windsor line is a concern, specifically in Mortlake.
  • Ensuring services do not adversely impact the stations in the borough which serve as important interchanges between semi-fast and local services. SWR should take into account ‘exchange windows’ to give commuters enough time to transition between trains. 
Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor said:

"Whitton station is a vital transport link to our residents and any change to the timetable to makes access to London and elsewhere longer would impact very negatively. I am encouraged that we have secured a meeting with SWR's Managing Director and I hope to make the case strongly of the concerns of Whitton's residents."

Cllr Peter Buckwell, Cabinet Member for Highways and Street Scene said:

“While we can understand South Western Railway’s desire to create more uniformed timetables, and note that some journey times are shortened, we are concerned that some people in the borough are likely to be adversely affected where the timing of their daily service changes. 

“We look forward to a productive discussion with them and hope they will take on board our residents’ concerns when making a final decision on the scheduling of their services