Gazette September 2017 :
In a long and pretty undistinguished political career I have come across some utterly bonkers ideas but every time I thinks that I’ve heard the maddest I can be sure that something even more lunatic will pop up.
May I, dear reader, direct you to an interesting website:
Transport for London were originally suggesting that frequencies on the E1 and E3 route be reduced because – wait for it – passengers would be using the Elizabeth Line (or the service formerly known as CrossRail) instead of the noble E ‘buses.
The good Dr.Onkar Sahota – our Member of the Greater London Authority – has managed to get the E3 route removed from the consultation but tragically the E1 is still at threat.
Now: a slap up feed at the works canteen here at Westminster awaits anyone who can make a plausible case for anyone at any time or on any section of the journey transferring from the E1 to the Elizabeth Line.
I travel on the E1 every day and have bent over backwards to try to discover what lies behind this bonkers suggestion.
Clearly the fare stages from the old Red Lion to Drayton Bridge Road could not by even the wildest stretch of the most fevered imagination possibly be subject to what TfL call “modal interchange”.
As the noble E1 makes its stately way up Drayton Bridge Road could anyone possibly think it remotely sensible to hop off and walk down Greenford Avenue to Campbell Road and then to Hanwell Station to catch a train to Ealing Broadway.
By the time you did all that the E1 would have circled Haven Green and be heading back to Greenford.
So what about Drayton Green? Can you see passengers pouring off the E1 to walk across the Green and the up Manor Road to await the Elizabeth Line at West Ealing Station and then to entrain for Ealing Broadway.
Again – the E1 would have come and gone long before the train pulls onto Platform 4.
If – like me – you believe that someone who has never set foot in our borough has come up with this ludicrous idea then get onto the website and make your views known!
Finally – a very charming but utterly irrelevant letter from Transport for London refers to an additional area of ‘bus to train transfer as the “Golden Mile”.
Anyone got any idea what they’re on about or has the last holiday in Blackpool been causing flashbacks?
Let’s hear your voice loud and clear and let’s keep the currently E1 timetable – you know it makes sense!