LBHF calls for Olympia compromise

LB Hammersmith & Fulham has called on Transport for London (TfL) to support a compromise which will keep the Tube running to Olympia.

TfL had proposed that the weekday service to Olympia would be discontinued to allow increased capacity on the Wimbledon branch of the District line.

H&F Council has called for a compromise solution that would see the extra trains on the Wimbledon line stop and start at Putney Bridge allowing the worst parts of the Wimbledon Line to gain extra capacity while retaining the Olympia service.

The council says that if the service is discontinued, a package of transport improvements must be carried out in the area, with more ‘Boris Bikes’ installed and extra bus services laid on.

The Council has called for the Barclays Cycle hire scheme to be extended to Olympia if the compromise is refused. The Council also now wants to see increased frequency of the 28 bus.

Cllr Harry Phibbs, cabinet member for community engagement, said: “If TfL decide that they have no alternative it is absolutely vital that they offer local residents a package of measures that would improve other parts of the local transport infrastructure. A Boris Bike terminal outside Olympia and more number 28 buses would go some way to appease local feeling.”

The Council has also asked TfL whether the resignalling works scheduled to take place at the Earls Court bottleneck could be brought forward to allow the extra trains on the Wimbledon line as well as the retention of the Olympia service.

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