Council calls for West London Line improvements

LB Hammersmith & Fulham has called for the West London Line service to be extended to Ealing Broadway.

LBHF believes the West London Line is seriously underused and that local businesses and residents would benefit from the link.

Southern Trains started running a ‘fast train’ between Wandsworth Road and Kensington Olympia from May 10. The trains make one journey in each direction Monday – Friday. But the council is arguing that the service should not terminate at Olympia and wants the train to continue on to Ealing Broadway, via Shepherds Bush and Acton Mainline stations.

In the short term the council wants the train extended to Ealing Broadway. In the longer term the council believes rail operators should agree an investment plan, with the affected local authorities and TfL, which will enable a range of new services to be introduced. Top of the list of priorities is the restoration of a through service to Gatwick airport.

The new Imperial Wharf station, due to open on the West London Line later this year, will connect the north and south of the borough by Overground rail for the first time since the Second World War. Shepherds Bush station opened on the line last October meaning shoppers in Fulham are now only two stops away from Westfield London.

Meanwhile H&F Council is continuing to lobby for a Crossrail station and high-speed rail link in the north of the borough. The council wants the link, directly connecting the borough with Heathrow, Birmingham and Gatwick, as a way of bringing thousands of extra homes and jobs to the Old Oak area north of Wormwood Scrubs.

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