Hillingdon Council wants the Central Line extended from West Ruislip to Uxbridge. The Council says the extension will reduce traffic on the A40 and Uxbridge Road.
Uxbridge is already served by the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines, so the Council says and it would be “logistically simple” to extend the Central line track from its terminus in West Ruislip to Ickenham station. The Council is lobbying Transport for London , who need to approve the business case for the extension before it can be considered.
Councillor Douglas Mills, cabinet member for improvements, partnerships and community safety (Con), told the Uxbridge Gazette: “We are realistic, it is not going to be done overnight, but we have already held a couple of meetings with TfL about it. We feel that compared to other metropolitan town centres in London, such as Kingston, Uxbridge could be better served by the tube. TfL feel at the moment the business case is weak, and it is up to us to build it up.”
“As the landscape of Uxbridge changes, as homes on RAF Uxbridge are built, this will change, and the need will grow. There is a strong argument that it will reduce traffic on the Uxbridge Road and the A40. This is if you look at where the Central line serves, places in Ealing, and reducing traffic is a long term objective of ours.”
While there would be no land required for the extension, the existing track & signalling would need upgrading, a project which TfL has in hand, but could take until 2017 to complete.