Olympia to lose District Line

Olympia will no longer have a weekday underground service, as part of timetable improvements to the District Line aimed at increasing commuter services on the Wimbledon branch.

The changes will allow the Wimbledon branch will to have five additional services during the morning peak rush hour.

The timetable has been designed to deal with the issues associated with bottlenecks in the Earl’s Court area, which is one of the most complex junctions on the Tube network and the source of many of the delays that occur on the line.

The Wimbledon branch which is the busiest section of the District line, and to improve services to commuters, London Underground (LU) proposes to remove weekday services to Kensington (Olympia), which, they say, carry less than one percent of District line passengers.

This will enable LU to re-route services to the Wimbledon branch, which sees nearly 30 per cent of District line traffic, by providing five extra trains during the morning peak – an increase of 12 percent.

The Olympia service will still operate during the weekend, and LU plans to operate special services to serve major weekday events at the Olympia exhibition centre.

From May 2011, Kensington (Olympia) will benefit from additional London Overground services, with four trains serving the station every hour (replacing the current three-train service), with interchange to the Tube available at both West Brompton (District line) and Shepherds Bush (Central line) stations. Southern services will also continue to serve the station.

The new timetable will take effect in December 2011.

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