The Anonymous Widower

Sorting The Under/Overground Around Gunnersbury

After I wrote this article about reversing loops instead of termini, I wondered if I could find any references to operating problems on the Piccadilly Line loop that serves Termial 4.

I didn’t find anything but I did find an article on London Reconnections called Upgrading The Piccadilly: Calling Time On Mind The Gap?

It is a well thought-out article that starts by talking about the new trains and the problems of platform-edge doors. It then goes on to suggest what it thinks appears to be the bad idea of transferring the Ealing Broadway branch of the District line to the Piccadilly line.

This is the map of the area.

Gunnersbury Triangle

Gunnersbury Triangle

The triangle of lines in the area is bordered at the West or left by the North London Line (orange), the District and Piccadilly lines from Acton Town to Turnham Green at the top right and the District line to Richmond at the bottom right. Chiswick Park station is marked with the red arrow.

The article then goes on to suggest reasons why it might not be a bad idea and that Chiswick Park station might be put on the Richmond Branch of the District line.

I think the Overground and Crossrail could be the key to what happens in this area.

1. Transport for London’s Infrastructure Plan for 2050, talks about linking the Gospel Oak to Barking Line to Hounslow through the area.  It would branch off just south of South Acton station.

Acton To Houslow Link

Acton To Houslow Link

The line is there and I suspect, it will be used to provide a link between West and North London.

2. Crossrail calls at Ealing Broadway station, so will it be better if it joins up with the Piccadilly or District lines?

There are probably advantages for both lines and I won’t choose what is better.  But note that the District line has two interchange stations with Crossrail and the Piccadilly has just the one at Heathrow.

3. There are also proposals to create another rail route into Heathrow. One is Airtrack, which goes through Clapham Junction and Richmond.

4. There is also the problems of installing platform-edge doors on the western reaches of the Piccadilly Line, as outlined in the London Reconnections article.

I think the only certainty is that these and many other factors will result in major changes in this area.

And the solution will be very radical.

One thing though convinces me that something must be done. I was on Chiswick Park station today, and in about ten minutes, I met two young ladies; one French and one Italian, who had got seriously confused by the track layout in the area.

 

December 1, 2014 - Posted by | Travel | , , ,

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