“Ghost bus” dead

Trains will start running again between Shepherds Bush and Wandsworth in May, signalling the end for the much-pilloried “ghost bus” rail replacement service.

Southern Trains will start running a once-a-day train service between Wandsworth Road and Ealing Broadway via Kensington Olympia and Shepherds Bush from May 24, following a year of pressure from the Ealing Gazette, LB Hammersmith & Fulham and transport lobby groups.

The “ghost bus” carried virtually no passengers perhaps due to it only running one day a week, and was allegedly commissioned by the Department for Transport (DfT) so they could claim that a service still operates between the two destinations, avoiding the need for a consultation with the estimated 80 people who used it every day.

The councils Cabinet Member for Environment has welcomed the move but says the next step must be for the trains to become more frequent and stop at more stations. Cllr Nicholas Botterill says: Linking Olympia and Shepherds Bush to Ealing Broadway is a quick win which will benefit the whole of west London. While this is clearly a move in the right direction, the next step will be for the service to also call at Clapham High Street, Imperial Wharf, West Brompton and Acton Main Line.

See previous coverage.

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