Update on #improvethecentralline

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Thank you to everyone who has supported the launch of The Wanstead Post’s campaign to #improvethecentralline.

The Mayor of London and the Managing Director of London Underground have yet to respond to letters about the current appalling service on the line.

John Cryer, MP for Leyton and Wanstead, did reply and has taken up the matter with Transport for London.

In a separate development, Councillor Khayer Chowdhury, who represents Valentines Ward in Ilford, called representatives to account for the current state of the service at a meeting of the Redbridge Council External Scrutiny Committee on 12 July 2018. The Transport for London spokesman who attended the meeting seems to have suggested the situation was only likely to get better once a £230m upgrade had been completed in 2020. This is simply not good enough.

The campaign is in email contact with the Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee who is setting up a passenger meeting with Central Line Management. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to take place until the end of September 2018. (Not because representatives of the campaign cannot attend but because those responsible for the management of the Central Line are on holiday.)

The Central Line Twitter feed has announced they will hold a Tweet The Manager session on 23 July between 08.30 and 09.30. Please use this opportunity to send questions to Chris Taggart, Head of Line Operations. If you could include the hashtag #improvethecentralline this will show the strength of feeling behind the campaign.

In the meantime, please see below for other contributions you can make:

What can I do?

Tweet:

Tag @CentralLine and use the hashtag #improvethecentralline

Write to:
The Mayor of London
City Hall
The Queen’s Walk
London SE1 2AA

Mark Wild
Managing Director, London Underground
C/O TfL Customer Service
4th Floor, 14 Pier Walk
London SE10 0ES

Email:
Caroline Pidgeon, Chair, London Assembly Transport Committee
caroline.pidgeon@london.gov.uk

Campaign to #improvethecentralline

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Last week The Wanstead Post published an open letter about the continuing appalling service on the Central Line.

The letter has prompted the launch of a campaign to #improvethecentralline.

If you would like to contribute to efforts to improve the service please see below for some ideas.

The issue
The Central Line is one of the most important on the tube network. It is the main arterial route through Central London and delivers passengers to areas such as the City of London and the West End. For many people it is their only way of travelling into Central London.

The problem
The service on the line is appalling and appears to be deteriorating. This dire situation has been going on for day after day after day.

The knock-on effect
This awful situation leads to considerable stress, anxiety, lateness, increased workloads, loss of pay for freelancers, lack of time with children and loved ones, reduced leisure time and many other negative effects on those who have no other choice but to use the Central Line.

A solution
Transport for London, the Mayor of London, Central Line management and staff as well as passengers must come together to address the problems and find innovative solutions.

What can I do?

Tweet:

Tag @CentralLine and use the hashtag #improvethecentralline

Write to:
The Mayor of London
City Hall
The Queen’s Walk
London SE1 2AA

Mark Wild
Managing Director, London Underground
C/O TfL Customer Service
4th Floor, 14 Pier Walk
London SE10 0ES

Email:
Caroline Pidgeon, Chair, London Assembly Transport Committee
caroline.pidgeon@london.gov.uk

Letters about the campaign have already been sent to The Mayor of London and the Managing Director of London Underground. The more letters they receive the more likely they are to do something.

The campaign is in email contact with the Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee who may set up a passenger meeting with Central Line management. There will be further news on this when it is confirmed.

An open letter to the Central Line

As a daily commuter on the Central Line this is addressed to all those responsible for the management and running of the line.

The Central Line is one of the most important on the tube network.  On a daily basis it carries hundreds of thousands of passengers who complete a total of approximately 260.9m journeys a year.  It is the main arterial route through Central London linking Epping in the East to Ruislip in the West and delivers passengers to important areas such as the City of London and the West End.  For many people it is their only way of travelling into Central London.

A key question then is why is the service on the line so bad.  The current situation is that there are daily delays ranging from minor hold-ups to complete cessation of service.  The trains are dirty, unbearably hot and frequently so overcrowded it is difficult and sometimes impossible to board.  Every time you use the service there is this constant nagging anxiety about what dramatic incident is going to occur.  This dire situation has been going on for day after day after day.

I know that people across the capital and around the country face a difficult daily commute but surely travelling on the Central Line has to be one of the worst?  This awful situation leads to considerable stress, anxiety, lateness, increased workloads, loss of pay for freelancers, lack of time with children and loved ones, reduced leisure time and many other negative effects on those who have no other choice but to use the line of doom.  And this goes on day after day after day.

As well as affecting individuals this situation affects businesses.  There are huge Westfield shopping centres at each end of the line, not to mention Oxford Street and the West End in the middle.  People can’t spend money in shops they can’t reach.  Audiences can’t attend theatres they can’t get to and won’t eat in restaurants or drink in bars if it is a nightmare to get home.  Spectators won’t attend events in a world-class venue such as the London Stadium if they feel they can’t get there safely.

This state of affairs cannot continue.  Something must be done.  Transport for London, the Mayor of London, Central Line management and staff as well as passengers must all come together to address the problems and find innovative solutions.  This needs to start now, today, for the sake of everyone who works on and uses the Central Line.  To allow the current dreadful situation to carry on is a huge national embarrassment for the greatest capital city in the world.

Flat fire on Hermon Hill

Updated: 18.53

Latest update

The London Fire Brigade have reported that the fire is now under control but crews will be “damping down hotspots for some time”.

Previous updates

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Picture courtesy of London Fire Brigade

There are now ten fire engines and 72 firefighters and officers at the scene of the flat fire in Wanstead. Part of a third floor flat and the roof are alight.

Ten people left the building before the Fire Brigade arrived.  There are currently no reports of any injuries.

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers have been called to a fire in a flat on Hermon Hill in Wanstead according to the London Fire Brigade.

Part of a third floor flat is currently alight. Fire crews from Woodford, Leyton, Leytonstone and Stratford Fire stations are at the scene. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Central Line noise between Wanstead and Leytonstone

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In response to a query from The Wanstead Post about the continuing screaming noise when trains travel between Wanstead and Leytonstone, London Underground’s Director of Asset Operations, Peter McNaught, said:

“We understand the importance of minimising noise levels on the tube and we are determined to do more to achieve this.

“We have carried out a huge programme of work and spent over £200 million replacing and grinding over 500km of track and installing over 11,000 new shock absorbent fixings across all of our Night Tube lines, which help reduce the sound when trains run over them. We are also actively exploring other options to reduce noise levels even further such as installing noise barriers and noise dampening pads as well as ensuring new rail infrastructure incorporates noise reduction technology.

“As we continue carrying out all this work I encourage anyone affected by noise to contact our dedicated customer services line, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We will then send our engineers to investigate and work out how we can reduce the noise most effectively.”

Popular music festival returns

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Music in Wanstead Park will take place on Saturday 14 July 2018 after the festival was taken over by new organisers.

The event features musical cabaret artist Tricity Vogue (and her all girl swing band), jazz/soul/blues singer Toby Corton and instrumental three piece Forty Elephant Gang as well as live bands from Wanstead High School and the Sing Up Choir.

Food and drink will be provided by CHAOS children’s charity, Time For Tea, The Wanstead Tap, Burgess & Hall and Maud’s Ice Cream.

Family tickets are available priced at £34 for two adults and two children.  Adult tickets cost £12 while children are £6, under 3s are free.

Further information can be found at: https://www.musicinwansteadpark.co.uk/

Wanstead features in The Times

The Times newspaper has published a photograph of an urban fox sitting on a doorstep in Wanstead.

The fox sits next to a pair of floral Wellington Boots and is accompanied by what The Times describes as an “ageing cat”.

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The photograph can be found on page 22 of The Times published on Friday 8 June 2018.